Functional: A Practical Approach to Expressive Pouring Pots | July 7th – 11th, 2014
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.
Ben Carter is a ceramic professional based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his Masters Degree in ceramics from the University of Florida in 2010. He maintains a studio, teaches workshops and exhibits nationally. He is the creator and host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast.
From Ben Carter:
My passion for clay has been a constant since I first sat at a potter’s wheel in my high school ceramics class. After the first week I naively/proudly declared that I would become an artist. This decision led me to Appalachian State University for a BFA in painting/ceramics and then on to a MFA in ceramics at the University of Florida. The ceramic departments at these schools armed me with the intellectual tools to problem solve everything from aesthetics to glaze chemistry.
Over the years I have been fortunate to be a resident artist at The Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, and the Danish Ceramic Research Center at Guldagergaard. These communities provided me the support I needed to push my work in new and unexpected directions. Along with my time as a production potter at Black Mountain Studios these residencies gave me a safety net to learn the ups and downs of the business of making pottery. In 2004 I opened Carter Pottery and have since been producing work for exhibitions across the United States.
In 2010 I moved to Shanghai, China to be the educational director of the Pottery Workshop Shanghai. Living in a country with a storied ceramic tradition opened my eyes to age-old techniques and cultural practices. The combination of my frequent trips to China’s many ceramic museums, my dedicated group of students in Shanghai, and my interactions with Chinese coworkers taught me new ways of thinking and making on a daily basis.
I have recently moved to Santa Cruz, CA to set up a studio. As I work I am still digesting my time overseas. Traveling has given me a new perspective on visual and material culture. I am slowly coming to understand the impact these experiences have had on me as an artist. I look forward to what the future holds for me as a teacher and a maker. www.carterpottery.com