Round is Just the Beginning! w. Lori Watts (1-Day Demo Workshop)

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Round is Just the Beginning! w. Lori Watts (1-Day Demo Workshop)

60.00

1-Day Demo Workshop
Saturday, November 11th, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Limit: 12 Students
In this workshop Lori Watts will demonstrate the use of the potter’s wheel as a means of creating shapes that are then altered and assembled to create pots that have the crisp qualities of wheel-thrown pottery and the soft spontaneity of hand-built work. Lori throws forms and then cuts, stretches, folds, and otherwise alters them, often assembling two or more thrown pieces. Demonstrations will include covered butter dishes, gravy boats, and a variety of basket and vase shapes. Expand your vocabulary of form beyond round!

Potter Lori Watts is the creative force behind Fine Mess Pottery, a ceramics studio located in Augusta, Maine. Lori loves color and pattern and the squishiness of clay, and seeing the effects of flame on all her careful work! In addition to making pottery, she can often be found gardening, reading (preferably with a cat or four in attendance), or making homemade pizza with her husband, Doug. 

Lori Keenan Watts is a potter, gardener, and avid reader from Augusta, Maine. Though she started her university education in surface design for fabric, clay quickly grabbed her by the heart and redirected her creative impulses. A potter for over 25 years, the most valuable years of her ceramic education were spent in graduate study at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, under the tutalage of Dan Anderson and Paul Dresang

My aesthetic is guided by my love of the material itself. What fascinates me and makes a pot compelling for me is the clay-ness of clay: the squooshiness that becomes the  adamantine solidity. I also like patterns, unexpected proportions, and when the flame comes along and dissolves part of my careful decorating efforts! I am obstinate about this aesthetic, to a point which might be called pig-headed, but hey, if you don't like what you make, why bother? My happy little family also includes my husband, musician and photographer (and author of the book AlewifeDoug Watts; five cats; and two turtles, all foundlings and rescues of one stripe or another.