There are still a few openings in the Precious Metal Clay jewelry workshop on December 18th.
Click here for details.

2nd workshop added: Sunday, December 12, 10-4

with Amazing Clay Artist: Jean Holmgren

Sgraffito Demystified!

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No prior experience is required

A one-day immersive workshop that will introduce and demonstrate sgraffito and allow you to release your inner clay artist. In addition to working the surface of the clay, we will touch on design and drawing principles that will enhance the design and composition of your work. Particular focus will be on the paper resist sgraffito technique and mishima, which is a wax resist method of inscribing or inlaying underglaze in smaller, more delicate lines. Four six inch tiles will be provided for you to apply your sgraffito patterns or figures with your newly acquired skill.

Sgraffito is derived from the Italian “graffiare” (to scratch) which in clay terms is defined by applying an underglaze or slip and “scratching” away the colored surface to reveal the contrasting clay beneath. This workshop gives you the dangerous knowledge and skill you will need to scratch that clay itch that you know you have! Bring your lunch!

$135 for workshop + $6 for sgraffito tool (if you do not have one) 

SOLD OUT!

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)

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Jean Holmgren is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and

immigrated to Taos about two years ago. She is a recent clay convert, changing her long-time focus from graphic design and traditional media to the more substantial, utilitarian and evocative substrate of clay.

Jean received her BFA from Columbus College of Art and

Design (Columbus, Ohio) in Illustration and Graphic Design

and earned her MFA from Memphis College of Art (Memphis,

TN) in Studio Arts. Jean has worked as a freelance illustrator,

a graphic designer, an instructor at University of Memphis and

as an Assistant Professor at Memphis College of Art in Design

Arts, Illustration concentration.

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December 8. 22 & 29 (1pm-4pm)

RESTRICTED TO TCC MEMBERS, FLEXPASS MEMBERS

 AND FORMER STUDENTS ONLY

Bring your bisque ware or have it fired at TCC prior to ($1.75/pound). For those who know the raku process, we need not elaborate on the thrill of this technique. For those who never have, this is a great opportunity to get a real good taste of it and

at the hands of the incomparable Lee Akins. 

Raku glazes are included in the fee. Raku Wednesdays are being sold by the quarter kiln (2-4 pieces depending on size). There will be 2-3 full firings per Wednesday.

A full kiln (4 quarters @ $20/each) is $80. You can pre-purchase as few as 4 quarters or as many as 16 quarters to be used on any of the Raku Wednesday dates. There will be an optional online kiln reservation program thru Sign-Up Genius so that you can reserve and guarantee your quarters in advance.  

$80- $320 / Participant  

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)

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Lee Akins received a B.F.A. from the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio in 1975 and a M.F.A. in Ceramics in 1986 from Southern Methodist University. He has taught ceramics at the college level for more than 40 years. His work has been featured in ceramic magazines and publications, including an article in Ceramics Monthly (August/September 2006). Lee has been an instructor at the TCC since January 2021.  

Raku Wednesdays

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Work examples of student Sandy Nichols

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Surface Experiments for Ceramics

A 2-Day Workshop with Maggie Beyeler

Saturday and Sunday, December 4 & 5, 10 to 4:00pm

TJoin Santa Fe ceramic artist Maggie Mae Beyeler for a two-day weekend workshop exploring ceramic surfaces with underglazes and slips. Students will learn exciting new techniques including:

 

  • Printing on clay with potter’s ink and rubber/foam stamps

  • Use of commercial underglaze tissue transfers

  • Use of silkscreens/stencils/underglazes to make your own transfers

  • Basics of using slip & stencils and how to transfer to thrown forms

  • Slip trailing

  • How to successfully combine all of the above in an eye-catching design!

Each day will feature two sessions – mornings will be packed with demonstrations illustrating each technique, and the afternoons are devoted to opportunities to practice what you have learned.

(Leather-hard tiles will be provided.)

$265 / Participant for both days including materials

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)

Sorry, SOLD OUT!

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Maggie Beyeler holds an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in ceramics. Maggie is well-known throughout the Southwest for her functional tableware featuring unique surface designs. Magpie Pottery  has been published in numerous publications including Lark Books’ 500 Series, Ceramic Review, Edible and Sunset magazines.

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Fear no glaze!

Lee Akins One-Day Workshop​

One of our most popular workshops!

Saturday, December 11th (10am-5pm)

Sorry, SOLD OUT!

Some Experience with Clay is Required 

Everything you ever wanted to know about glazing your work but were afraid to ask!

This workshop will cover basic through advanced glaze applications. Topics will include glazing strategies, layering and resist techniques, considerations of form as relates to best glaze application, how to clean up drips, dealing with glaze mistakes, and overall troubleshooting glazes.

You will learn to glaze with confidence!

The workshop includes the glaze firing of two works no larger than 5” x 5” x 5” in the fee. Please bring your own bisque-ware for glazing. Participants wishing to glaze-fire more pieces can do so at TCC's standard firing fees.

Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to eat indoors or out at the TCC

and get to know your fellow participants.

$135 / Participant (Limited to eight! SOLD OUT) 

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)

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Lee Akins received a B.F.A. from the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio in 1975 and a M.F.A. in Ceramics in 1986 from Southern Methodist University. He has taught ceramics at the college level for more than 40 years. His work has been featured in ceramic magazines and publications, including an article in Ceramics Monthly (August/September 2006). Lee has been an instructor at the TCC since January 2021.  

Merlene Walker's One-Day PMC Workshop

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All that glitters...
 

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Saturday, December 18th, 10-5pm
...just in time to make someone's holiday very special!!!
Still room for 3 more!

This workshop was a HUGE hit when we did it this summer and a favorite of all who love to wear OR gift beautiful baubles! Earrings, pendants, and pins!

Participants will explore the many methods of creating jewelry using Precious Metal Clay, imprinting designs, and learning to carve, fire and finish it. Working with simple tools, we will experiment with pinched, rolled and hollow forms and finishing techniques, plus fire the PMC to final pieces.

The best part... No prior experience in clay or metalworking is required!

PMC is a clay body that contains particles of pure silver, water, and a binder. The clay is hardened by firing the object in an electric kiln for a set time. The fired piece becomes a solid silver object that can be soldered, burnished, and otherwise treated similarly to manufactured metal.

PMC allows for speed and spontaneity in the creative process with only a small electric kiln or small butane or propane torch.

Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to eat indoors or out at the TCC and get to know your fellow participants. All workshop materials are included.

$150 workshop + $50 materials / Participant (Limited to eight!) 

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)

Merlene Walker, completed a BFA degree in ceramics at age 56, and founded the Alchemy Group, an artist studio and workshop center in 2001. Certified by Tim McCreight, nationally known metalsmith to teach Precious Metal Clay, she designed and facilitates this workshop to help others have fun and learn about this exciting product. Merlene lives in Santa Fe, NM.

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JUST ADDED:

Turiya Gross

Hand-Built Mugs in an Afternoon!

No experience required!

Monday, December 20, 3:00-6:00

This is destined to be a really fun afternoon workshop for all ages, twelve and up! No experience in clay is necessary, just desire and some imagination. Led by the very creative TCC Instructor, Turiya Gross, you will learn how to hand-build  a mug or tumbler using slab-rolled clay and then decorate with underglazes. We'll fire them for you in our kilns within 10 days and notify you when to pick up, or we will ship your mug to you for a small fee. All tools and materials included.

$75 workshop / Participant (Limited to eight!) 

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW or CALL 575.758.2580 (please leave message if no answer)

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Turiya Gross, spent her youth in Mexico and studied music. She later attended The New School/Parsons NYC with a focus on fashion design and later as a full time resident potter at the Rochester Folk Art Guild where she taught ceramics for more than five years. She was a resident artist at Sonoma Community Center and Poco a Poco in Oaxaca, Mexico, followed by a one-year apprenticeship with Forrest Lesch-Middleton. Turiya lived in Petaluma, CA where she taught at Petaluma Ceramics until she moved to Taos, NM in 2020.

STAY TUNED FOR ...Tree Ornaments for Kids!

 

Register NOW for 
Nov/Dec Workshops

To register for any workshop, please fill out the information below and a representative from TCC will get back to you within 24 hours to confirm and to arrange for payment.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR FACE MASKS AND ALL MUST SHOW PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION. 

PLEASE NOTE: Workshops are generally non-refundable. If there is a waitlist and we can fill your cancellation, you will receive a 80% refund. If the TCC should find it necessary to cancel a workshop for whatever reason you will receive a 100% refund.