Glenn Grishkoff

Make Your Mark: The Art of Brushmaking, and Ceramic Teabowls

June 25th – 26th, 2016

Learn how to make splendid handmade brushes and tea bowls that are works of art and functional tools.  This course is open to all levels with in-depth step-by-step instruction of beginning through advanced brush making and painting techniques.  Several types of brushes will be introduced each day of the workshop utilizing a different hair and construction methods. Students will Raku fire brush handles and tea bowls during the workshop. Brushes created may be used to decorate ceramics as well as watercolor, sumi mark making, calligraphy, acrylic and oil painting surfaces. There will be slide lectures and in-depth demonstrations illustrating the technical construction methods involved in making tea bowls, and brushes, including: cutting and wrapping of hair, knot tying, use of epoxy and methods to create and finish brush handles.  Students will work with a variety of hairs, including buck tail hair, moose hair, horse hair, rooster hackle, broom corn straw and additional types of hairs. A lot of materials will be provided for you to choose from to construct your brushes.

In addition to brush making, Grishkoff will present multiple demonstrations on how handmade brushes can be used to create dynamic one-of-a-kind marks on your ceramic tea bowls and on paper surfaces.  Students are encouraged to collect a variety of materials they can bring into the workshop to make brushes.



Glenn Grishkoff has conducted workshops for the past 20 years. He has also taught full time as an Assistant Professor in ceramics & 3-Dimentional studio arts at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID and most recently at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA.  Grishkoff has developed a national and international reputation as a brush maker, ceramic artist and has been the recipient of many solo, invitational and juried shows. He earned a BFA from California State Fullerton and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. He was awarded the 2008 Idaho Commission on the Arts fellowship award and is represented by The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In addition, he has traveled extensively in Japan and South Africa with a 2008 two-month artist’s residency invitation to make his brushes among the hill tribe people and painting elephants in northern Thailand.

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