Saturday 11:00AM-1:00PM PST / 2:00PM-4:00PM EST
March 27, 2021
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook
Through demonstrations, Ruth will show multiple ways to layer, map, and apply glazes to bring your glazing to the next level. Considering the relationship of form and surface from the early stages of making, Ruth responds to the many planes of the vessel to wrap her motifs around. Often glazing is overlooked or rushed through in the making process, by taking this workshop students will be amazed at the depth and complexity they can achieve at any temperature. Participants will be inspired at the many ways one can use wax, tape and latex beyond the foot of your pot, such as to block off, inlay and layer multiple glazes.
In her work you will see these techniques used with botanical designs on a range of pottery but these techniques are open to all forms and designs as well as different temperatures and types of firings. In Ruth’s work she uses cone six which she fires in an electric kiln (oxidation) which is becoming more and more common in studios around the world. In sharing her current research and process, she is participating in the contemporary ceramics community and inviting you to come along with her.
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 Ruth 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 Ruth during the demo. If you cannot attend the whole workshop, you may drop in and out as you choose- 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.
(b. 1984) Ruth Easterbrook was born in Redwood Valley, California growing up with the hills as her playground. She was first introduced to clay in High School which led her to pursue ceramics in college graduating in 2007 with a BFA at Syracuse University. She then spent many years learning through practice and hands-on learning as an apprentice at Hoyman-Browe Studios (CA) and assisting various artists including Whitney Smith Pottery (CA). In 2014 she began focusing on her career starting with a spring concentration class at Penland School of Craft (NC) and then spending extended time at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (CO) as a student, summer intern and returning as an Artist In Resident in 2016. In 2019 Ruth earned her MFA in ceramics at Alfred University. Now she continues her research first as an Artist in Residence at The Harvard Ceramics Program (MA) and currently at The Clay Studio (PA). She has been awarded the honor of Emerging Artist for NCECA 2020, and has shown her work across the country having pieces in the Alfred Ceramics Arts Museum collection as well as other permanent personal collections.