Creative Ceramics Retreat 2024 Registration is open for 2024 Retreat -- June 23 through June 28, 2024
June 23 - June 28th, 2024, Monrovia, CA Adults and Teens Beginners and Advanced Beginners Have an amazing week, a relaxing vacation making art, in beautiful Monrovia, CA improving your skill, learning how to be more creative in your life and learning new and exciting techniques. If you've never thrown before this is a good way to start. Beginners and more advanced beginners who want to practice basic skills, learn surface and shaping techniques -- creative textures on thrown pots, throwing from slabs and coils on the wheel and a special guest presentation on throwing LARGE. Mornings are spent skill building and learning new techniques on the wheel. After a lovely lunch you'll have choices of open studio, one on one coaching, and a variety of exciting activities such as a field trip to the American Academy of Ceramic Arts and Laguna Clay Headquarters and a sunset stroll on the beach at Santa Monica Beach. Dinner and breakfast are not included but you'll find a nice variety of excellent local restaurants and grocery stores for breakfast and your evening meal -- quite a few within a short walk from our site. Pottery starts at 10am with an optional hike in local hills at 9am. We provide transportation for field trips and from Monrovia or Arcadia hotels in our 7 seater van.
Sunday June 23 through Friday June 28th.
Sunday orientation 7pm. Meet the retreat teachers and see their art: Emilie, Clementine, Jordan and Zac.
Monday: Throwing demo and coaching on skills for throwing with Emilie, Clementine, and Jordan. Afternoon we'll be learning a creativity exercise and then on to coached wheel centering practice. Handbuilding projects as well.
Tuesday: Shaping, collaring, enlarging, trimming. The suggested project for the day is a hanging bell or succulent pot. Afternoon will be for learning to do a crackle texture with sodium silicate. You have the option also to learn scrafitto -- an Italian technique which involves scratching designs into slip-coated clay. Evening sunset beach trip.
Wednesday: Throwing flat plates. Today you'll also try Kurinuki -- a Japanese carving technique. Afternoon is a field trip to the American Museum of Ceramic arts and refreshments by the pool.
Thursday we're honored to have our guest artist, Zac Hould, who will demonstrate throwing large. Then participants will get their chance to throw large with Zac's coaching. In the afternoon Emilie will also demonstrate using slabs for throwing large.
Friday: Work on your own creations from skills we've learned. Do the finishing touches on all your items and get everything ready for firing and shipping. After lunch a shopping trip to Laguna Clay Headquarters is an option. And saying goodbye to a wonderful refreshing life-changing week and new friends.