2023 Workshop: Fresh & Sassy: Creative Approaches to Functional Pots with Gay Smith


This workshop focuses on creative approaches to making functional pots.

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Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12, 2023
9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days

Please pack a lunch.

This workshop focuses on creative approaches to making functional pots. We’ll freshen up our wheel thrown functional work with exciting, easily utilized soft altering techniques. We’ll cover ground from throwing basics to altering forms and surfaces, and look to improve practical, technical, and aesthetic skills. We’ll shape pots into squares, ovals, triangles, texture surfaces using faceting, fluting, and impressing, adding lids, handles and feet. Each individual will receive personal attention to take their next creative and technical steps. Participants will acquire new skills and ideas, and the confidence to develop them in their own work. All skill levels from beginning on are welcome, although wheel experience is helpful. Our conversations will range over our interests, passions, technical questions, making your pots your own, raw glazing, single firing, firing, making a living.

Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy: 

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.


Materials List

ordinary throwing tools: sponges, ribs, pin tool, etc. (whatever you ordinarily use)

wire tools, twisted wire

wooden ribs, or other straight edged tools such as rulers

stamps, or tools for impressing into clay surfaces

batts, batt pins, if not supplied by the studio

sketchbook or notebook, pencils, pens

fettling knife



favorite quotes

imagery of your own work, memory stick or…

source material: pictures, Xerox copies, digital, or ideas of what appeals to you, what you would like to incorporate in your work in some way.

Instructor Bio

Gay Smith, aka Gertrude Graham Smith, is a studio potter and teaching artist who single fires porcelain ware in a soda kiln near Penland, North Carolina. Artist-in-residencies include Archie Bray Foundation and Penland School. She’s taught workshops at Penland, Haystack, Harvard and the Findhorn Foundation. Her work is shown internationally, included in collections like the Mint Museum, Taiwan’s Taipei County Yingge Museum, can be viewed in numerous publications including Functional Pottery, Mark Making by Robin Hopper, Working with Clay by Susan Peterson, and as a cover feature of Ceramics Monthly. Grants include a North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship and NC Regional Arts Project Grants. She currently serves on the Penland School of Crafts’ Board of Trustees.


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