Please contact Jennifer Mally for waitlist information.  (

Phone: 608-574-8100)

Steven Hill Combined Workshop - 2 Workshops in One Extended Week! Gestural Throwing, Design, & Atmospheric Effects in Oxidation Firing

July 25-31, 2020

Workshop fee includes:

  • Instruction with Steven Hill
  • Wheel, tools, 24 hour access to studio
  • Single room at the Art Ventures Retreat Center
  • All meals
  • #50 of Grollig Porcelain


Steven Hill requests you bring the following items to the workshop:

  • Kemper S4 Stainless Steel Scraper - essential
  • Red Mud Tool ribs
  • Curved rib for shaping bowls
  • Chamois for use on rims
  • Throwing bats and possibly ware boards if you will be driving home with greenware
  • Plastic wrap
  • We will be using Paoli Grollig Porcelain for the class. If you would like to use another clay you are welcome to bring it. Steven suggests a smooth textured porcelain or a white stoneware
  • You are welcome to bring your own spray guns to experiment with
  • Any glaze of your won you would like to experiment layering with - but must fire to ^8.
  • 8-10 bisque fired pots for glazing - small to medium size - ^6 to ^10 clay body
  • 12 - 16 vertical test tiles for experimentation


Due to COVID19 safety issues, Adamah has installed the following new policies:

  • Each person will have their own lodging room in the Art Ventures Retreat Center
  • Meals will be served as "take out" meals.....pre-assembled in the kitchen for each individual. We will either spread the dining room tables apart for "social distance" eating or we will eat outside or people can take their meal to their room.
  • Each person is required to wear a mask during the workshop.
  • There will be plenty of hand sanitizer and soap and water available.

Wheels in the studio will be placed over 6" apart and there will be extra tables set up to work on so we can spread out.


With questions please contact Jennifer Mally  Phone: 608-574-8100


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.





2020 Steven Hill Combined Workshop July 25-31

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Adamah Art Studio

Tel: 608.574.8100

4681 County ZZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533

Updated 8-3-2020

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