Suze Lindsay and Margaret Bohls - Spring 2022

portraits of Suze Lindsay and Margaret Bohls with examples of their pottery

Visiting Artist Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 2022
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
10:00 am - 5:00 pm with 1 hour lunch break each day

Join us in welcoming studio potters, educators, and long-time friends, Suze Lindsay and Margaret Bohls as they share their unique approaches to building and surface techniques in clay during this two-day workshop. Ceramic artists of all levels of experience will benefit from seeing the wide breadth of techniques employed to create their functional work and sketchbook exercises will enhance ideas for experimentation and play. Both artists draw inspiration from ceramic art history and will share images of historical references and influences.

Margaret will demonstrate the process she used to make the work from her Modernist series and her Italian series which includes building vessels from scale drawings using the coil and pinch method. She will also address surface development techniques including the use of tape and wax to create geometric lines and shapes.

Suze’s demo will focus on functional pots, made using thrown and altered pieces, and when called for, combined with handbuilt elements that are joined and stacked. Moving from wheel to tabletop construction, she will talk about darting and adding volume to create forms that have character and personality. Surface enhancement using slip decorating techniques on greenware will be shared to inspire your studio practice.

Cost: Free for Harvard College Undergraduates, $200 for adults and Harvard Graduate students enrolled in a course at the Ceramics Program, and $250.00 for those not enrolled in a course.

Health and Safety Guest Advisory: All participants in Ceramics Program classes and workshops must abide by the most current Harvard University policies and practices to Keep Harvard Healthy. For this event, proof of Covid-19 vaccination with booster will be required and though masking is optional, we highly recommend wearing a mask while in the Ceramics Program building. All policies are subject to change.


Artist Bios:

Margaret Bohls is an American potter and educator who makes hand-built pottery and vessels. Bohls has been teaching ceramics at the college level for twenty-five years and is currently Associate Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She has taught hands-on workshops at art centers such as Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Bohls’ work has been shown in over 100 group and solo exhibitions since 1995 and is included in the permanent collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), the Weisman Museum of Art, and the Everson Museum of Art. She has written articles for the Journal of the National Council for Education on Ceramic Arts and Pottery Making Illustrated, and her ceramic work has been featured in periodicals such as Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter Magazine.Pottery by Margaret Bohls

Suze Lindsay is a studio potter living and working in the NC mountains. Her concentration in ceramic studies includes a two-year core fellowship at Penland School of Crafts, then an MFA from Louisiana State University.  In 1996, after completing three years as an Artist in Residence at Penland School of Crafts, Suze and her husband, Kent McLaughlin set up and began potting in their studio in Bakersville, NC under the name Fork Mountain Pottery.

Suze‘s stoneware pots subtly reference the figure, as she is known for her altered pottery forms that are decorated and fired in a salt kiln.  Her mark-making is strongly influenced by the study of historical ceramics with a focus on surface decoration used to enhance form by patterning and painting slips and glazes.

Suze has taught at numerous art centers and universities including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Curaumilla Art Center, Ohio University and University of Nebraska/ Lincoln.   She has been a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Conference in Tennessee, the Alabama Clay Conference, Vermont’s North Country Studio Conference, Fusion Ontario Clay and Glass Association Conference in Toronto, and a 2021 NCECA Demonstrating Artist. Awards include Best of Show in the First Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, and Emerging Artist at the 2000 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art conference.

Suze’s work is in the permanent collections of George E Ohr Museum in Biloxi MS, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan ,San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX.,  Islip Art Museum, NY,  Kennedy Museum of American Art, Athens OH,  Greenwich House Pottery, NY, Lancaster Museum of Art, East Petersburg, PA, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Raleigh, NC ,  The North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, and Manchester Craftsmans Guild, Pittsburgh, PA. Solo Exhibitions include exhibitions at Manchester Craftsmans Guild in Pittsburgh PA,   North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove NC.,  Roswell Art Center in Atlanta, Ga.,  18 Hands Gallery in Houston TX., and AKAR Gallery in Iowa City IA.Pottery by Suze Lindsay