February 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL SURFACE SERIES: From Black to White to Color with Melissa Weiss

10:00AM-12:00PM PT / 1:00-3:00PM ET

Instructor: Melissa Weiss

Melissa will demonstrate how she decorates pots after bisque with a variety of materials and methods including how clay types,  like the custom stoneware she makes from her land in northwest Arkansas, play an important role in the final aesthetics. She will use glazes, underglazes and oxides in conjunction with mishima and wax resist techniques.  She will talk about cone 10 reduction cooling in her gas kiln, firing multiple times and her journey of developing her exciting surfaces.

With time remaining after the demo,  there will be an opportunity for in-depth, and Q&A.  All workshops will be hosted by the Sonoma Ceramics staff; participants will be encouraged to ask questions using the chat forum in Zoom, and the staff will communicate these questions to Melissa during her demo.

Students will receive the Zoom recording of the workshop to watch at their convenience for two weeks after the workshop (this will be sent to you 24 hours after the workshop). Many participants choose to observe the virtual workshop and work later, but you may also work alongside Melissa during the demo. If you cannot attend the whole workshop, you may drop in and out as you choose or just register for the recording if you cannot make the live workshop- remember, you’ll have the video to watch for 2 weeks after the workshop is over.

Participants must pre-register for the workshop to get the Zoom link & tool list. Once you register, the links will be in your confirmation email. 

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Melissa Weiss

Melissa Weiss


Melissa Weiss is originally from NY. She received her BFA in photography in 2000 from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Melissa currently resides in Asheville, NC where she runs a studio housing over 20 artists in an 8000 square foot warehouse called SouthSideStudios near the Swannanoa River. She is a full time studio potter. Melissa makes functional high fired pots from clay she digs on her land in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Melissa is a self taught potter yet has learned from many potters in the Asheville area. Melissa has attended John C. Campbell, Penland and Arrowmont as a studio assistant ,a work study and a teacher for wood fire workshops. Melissa has spent the last 15 years learning how to fire wood and gas fueled kilns. Melissa is the author of the book “Hand Built, A Potter’s Guide” Melissa makes all her own clay, glazes and slips and fires them in gas and wood fired reduction kilns to cone 10.