Working with Porcelain and Carbon Trap Shinos | July 21st – 25th


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tom platter
tom teabowls

Improve your throwing skills with the legendary master potter Tom Coleman. He’ll demonstrate numerous forms and his one of a kind functional forms, and unique altering methods. The workshop will conclude with a carbon trap shino firing. You’ll learn how to apply the shino with Tom’s spraying method, and learn how to achieve beautiful carbon trapping.

Skill Level: Intermediate, advanced and the professional potter.  (you need to be able to center and pull a 10″ cylinder on the wheel to attend this workshop).


Tom Coleman is considered to be one of the greatest potters in America. His work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world, and has appeared in numerous publications. Tom has authored books of his own, including “Glazes I Use” and “The Mud Pie Dilemma”.  He is known for his elegant organic forms, and his mastery of glazes. His relevance to the field of ceramics can be confirmed by the many artists whom his work has inspired.  Tom lives with his wife and artistic partner, Elaine in southern Nevada.

Artist Statement

I’ve been writing artist statements for many years and for the most part I find the experience much like a self-message.  Recently when asked to repeat this task someone said just tell us what you’re about, what do you believe in?  It didn’t take me long to think about this since I talk about it in every workshop I give.  First and most, I believe one must have a true love of the medium.  Second I believe in quality, the highest one can achieve to their ability.  Third, since I was trained in the classic Japanese tradition I think that pure form, composition and balance must be learned before one can attempt such things as sculptural or a-symmetrical pieces. 

Starting off as a functional potter with a degree in fine art helped me advance to the position I am in today.  Money helps pay the bills but it can’t be the sole reason one becomes involved with any art form.  My true love of clay, glazes, and the process of finishing my pieces have helped me to stay just as excited about my art as I was when I started over thirty-five years ago.