Basics of Brushmaking Workshop with Paul Wisotzky

brushes made by Paul WisotzkySaturday, July 30, 2022

10:00am - 1:00pm

In this fun three-hour workshop, you will learn how to make brushes for decorating pottery. Brushes can be used to apply slips, underglazes, glazes, oxide washes and wax resist. We’ll be working with several types of animal hair for the brush heads and bamboo for the handles. We’ll also review how you can make your own brush handles from clay. You’ll leave the workshop with several brushes you made yourself to add to your decorating tool kit along with the skills to continue making your own. No experience necessary. 


Instructor Paul Wisotzky learned to make brushes from the late Kent McLaughlin of Fork Mountain Pottery in Bakersville, North Carolina. Kent was one of many artists who generously shared their skills with the Ceramics Program community during our Fall 2020 online programming.


All materials are included in the cost of registration and participants can plan on making 3-5 handmade brushes during the workshop!


Workshop Fee: $75.00 for those not enrolled in Summer Semester; $50.00 for those enrolled in Summer Semester; FREE for Harvard Undergraduates





Paul Wisotzky makes pottery for every day use. He strives to make each piece a pleasure to hold and behold whether it’s a treasured mug for the first cup of coffee, a bowl for ice cream or a vase for flowers to brighten any room. Paul works in porcelain and stoneware and fires in reduction or soda atmospheres at the Blueberry Lane Pottery Studio in Truro, Massachusetts. Paul teaches at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, Massachusetts and the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, Massachusetts. He has been a Winter Resident at the Penland School of Craft and an Open Studio Resident at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.