April 1, 2021 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Developing Style and Voice in Your Work WITH MELISSA WEISS

THURSDAY 3:30PM-5:30PM PT / 6:30PM-8:30PM ET 
April 1, 2021

Instructor: Melissa Weiss

You are what you Make!

In this virtual workshop using Zoom, Melissa will talk about developing a unique style and cultivating your artistic voice/vision. She will share stories about her own development as a potter and the path to where she is now. How can we make pots that don’t look like everyone else’s? How can we make pots that challenge, inspire, and motivate us? How can we make pots that we like? These are all questions that will be quelled by Melissa! Bring your own questions as well.

There is no demonstration in this workshop. Melissa will present the first hour and the second hour will be open for participants to ask in-depth questions, and hear more from Melissa upon request. All workshops are 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.

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 2 weeks 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.