Ben Carter

Perfect Pouring Pots

July 23rd & 24th, 2016

This workshop focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand built pouring pots.  Demonstrations include soft throwing, altering, hand building spouts and handles, slip decorating, and under glaze painting.  During the workshop we will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color, etc.), defining a conceptual foundation for making functional pottery, and motivation/idea derivation.”

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Carter Teapot View


Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark. From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows, and was recently named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. To view an online portfolio of his functional pottery please visit