May 20, 2021 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
VIRTUAL: Large Pots with Handles

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021
3:30-5:30PM PT / 6:30PM-8:30PM ET

Instructor: Melissa Weiss

In this virtual workshop, Melissa will demonstrate how to make large vessels utilizing the coil method.  She will talk about working on multiple pieces at once to manage dryness and wetness of the clay in order to go big.  She will pay special attention to handles with some discussion (no demo) of surfaces as well.

Melissa will demonstrate outlined techniques after which there will be some time reserved for more in-depth, live 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 host 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).  If you cannot attend the whole workshop, or just want to receive the recording you may do so- you’ll have the video to watch for 30 days after the workshop is over.

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


All Levels
All Ages

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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.