SATURDAY 1:00-3:00PM PT / 4:00-6:00PM ET
DECEMBER 12, 2020
Instructor: Forrest Lesch-Middelton
In this online, live workshop using Zoom video conferencing, Forrest will demonstrate the volumetric image transfer technique he has developed for wheel-thrown vessels through silkscreening, newsprint, slips, and oxide. Using historic patterns to emphasize form and stress content on functional vessels Forrest will lead conversations about wheel throwing techniques, searching for content and finding inspiration, and the studio business practices that have helped him find success in the world of craft.
Participants should consult their confirmation email for tool & prep instructions if they choose to work during the demo. If you cannot attend the demo, you can still register to receive the workshop recording to watch endlessly for 2 weeks.
Participants must pre-register for the workshop Zoom access & tool list. Once you register, the links will be in your confirmation email.
Forrest Lesch-Middelton is a potter, tile maker, and educator living and working in Petaluma, CA. Forrest discovered his love of pottery at the age of 14 and since that time has seen clay as a vehicle to travel the country as a student, resident, educator, advocate, and artist developing a body of work that brings functional pottery and tile to life with rich political and cultural content. Forrest makes ceramics that “look like the products of an ancient civilization whose people proudly insisted on being buried with their dishware.” (NY Times, 1/31/2013). He has mastered the use of image transfer, and invented a technique he dubbed “volumetric image transfer” where he transfers screen printed pattern and imagery onto the surfaces of his pots while they are still wet and being thrown on the wheel, requiring him to shape the vessels from the inside only, so as to not disturb the pattern. His body of work has brought great acclaim, not the least of which was when he was awarded the distinguished honor of Ceramic Artist of the Year (2014) by Ceramics Monthly Magazine.
Forrest started making architectural tile in 2013 and has made tile for private homes, restaurants, hotels, and businesses throughout the world.