Form and Surface | June 16th – 20th, 2014


_11 Yellow Teapot CM copy
Sitka stacked plates copy
Sitka Teapot pink copy
Vic with wareboard in garden

In this workshop Victoria will construct pots from thrown and hand built parts using terra cotta clay. Through the use of colored slips and terra sigillatas, she will explore the relationship between form and surface for functional pottery.  Victoria will demonstrate a variety of application techniques for surface decoration from the use of flat areas of color, to loose needle carved drawing, to delicate brushwork. All work is done on leather hard clay creating a close relationship of form to surface.. Slide lectures will be included. She

will also show how to use under glazes, and stencils. The workshop students will be using red earthenware clay, colored clay slips, and oxides.



Victoria Christen lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a full-time studio potter.  She received her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota. Victoria has been a resident artist at Guldagaard, the International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark and the Archie Bray Foundation, in Montana. She has given many workshops across the United States. Victoria has been the recipient of an NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award, two Minnesota Arts Board Grants, and a travel grant to Japan.