Steven Hill

Throwing Relaxed, Gestural Forms –

With an Emphasis on Design 

July 19 - 24, 2020

Time: 5:00pm Sunday through 3:00pm on Friday

Lodging at the Art Ventures Retreat Center: $205 (5 nights)

Meals: $145 (14 meals)

Workshop Fee: $425

Total Package: $775

SINGLE ROOMS ARE LIMITED.  Availability is based on the number of attendees in a workshop.  For questions or to inquire about  a single room, please contact Tara Krueger.     Phone: 608574-3993


As intermediate throwers hone their skills, they often begin to show an affinity for working more precisely. Precision throwing can lead to sublime beauty or to mechanical repetition, leaving pots a bit stiff. As potters develop their eye along with their technical skills, they sometimes yearn to make forms that breathe – pots that show the plasticity of wet clay after they are fired.


While demonstrating, Steven will discuss the principles of design and how it relates to our pottery. We will cover the relationships between rims, feet, bellies, handles and spouts and talk about how our use of simple or compound curves, or possibly straight lines impact our forms. We will also discuss the use of “shape language” to help create a cohesive body of work.


This workshop will be structured for the potter with basic throwing skills, who would like to make relaxed forms that feel both well designed and more gestural. You won’t be encouraged to unlearn any of your hard-won technique, but rather to expand the ways of gently altering thrown forms.


We will start with drinking vessels and move on to pitchers and lidded jars. If you would like to follow through with glazing and firing the pottery you make, you should consider signing up for “Gestural Throwing / Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing,” July 26-31.


On Sunday afternoon before the workshop, we will offer the option of a group tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. This will dovetail nicely with our discussions of design this week.


Bring all throwing and trimming tools you want to work with. Specific tools I suggest are:


Kemper S4 Stainless Steel Scraper – This is absolutely essential and their similar shape, S3, doesn’t cut it for this class!

Red Mud Tool ribs

Curved rib for shaping bowls

A chamois for use on rims

Throwing bats and possibly ware boards if you will be driving

Plastic wrap for covering pots

We will be using Paoli Grolleg Porcelain for this class. If you would like to use another clay you are welcome to bring it.


2020 Steven Hill Throwing Relaxed, Gestural Forms With an Emphasis on Design

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