Visiting Artist Workshops and Lectures

Complementing the wide range of Ceramics courses are lectures, master classes, and demonstrations by visiting artists and ceramics symposia involving potters, sculptors, art historians and archaeologists from all over the world.

Virtual Workshop in Paperclay with Rebecca Hutchinson

Sat - Sun, Feb 20 to Feb 21, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us online to work alongside master paperclay artist, Rebecca Hutchinson for a two-day exploration of paperclay. This online workshop will introduce you to the dynamic world of paperclay while encouraging students to develop one's personal creative voice. Demos will cover multiple paperclay techniques including hand building, slip trailing, casting, textile processes, and the use of dipping found objects. Students will create a personal sculptural piece while sharpening conceptual approaches. No previous clay or Zoom class experience needed. Once you have registered a Zoom invitation will be sent to you to use for the event. The workshop will feature a break for lunch each day. This workshop is now full and registration is waitlist only.

Clay and Materials

If you would like to work alongside Rebecca, you will need 25 lbs. of clay and a roll of toilet paper. This workshop fee covers instruction only. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own clay. Find a list of available clays, tools and materials. Instructions on how to purchase clay and materials will be made available prior to February 1st. If you have questions, please email Ji Eun Kim.

Course Fees: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students; $250 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard employees and Adult Community. 

Artist Bio: Rebecca Hutchinson, Professor, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, has taught Undergraduate and Graduate students for the past twenty-one years. Hutchinson has also taught over sixty workshops nationally and internationally. Her sculptural work has shown across the United States and internationally at Museums including Taiwan, Italy, and South Korea. In 2015, she was selected as one of the recipients of “Women to Watch” from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Currently she has an exhibit at the Danforth Museum, Midnight Blooms, until February 2021, and a two person exhibition, Snyder/ Hutchinson; Double Bloom opening Spring of 2021 at the PAAM.

Virtual Workshop on Glaze Techniques with Ruth Easterbrook

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Ruth displays her artworkJoin Ruth Easterbrook in a virtual demonstration of her unique method of glazing to create her inviting utilitarian ware. The artist will discuss her inspiration for her surface design using both natural florals and interpreted botanicals seen in artmaking throughout history. Participants will observe how she plans and executes her complex surfaces using tape, wax resist and glaze, and can try their hand at home if they like! Though Ruth works at a mid-range firing temperature of cone 5/6, her techniques can be translated to either low or high fire glazes. This workshop is now full and registration is waitlist only.

Course Fees: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students; $50 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard employees and Adult Community.

Artist Bio: Ruth Easterbrook (b. 1984) received her BFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University in 2007. Afterward, she apprenticed and assisted various ceramic artists and studios. She has shown work nationally at places such as Baltimore Clayworks and Carbondale Clay Center. A turning point in her personal growth took place while participating in an eight-week concentration at Penland School of Craft in 2014. Anderson Ranch Arts Center has been an important place of learning for Ruth, spending extensive time there as a student, then summer intern and returning as the Artist in Residence in 2016. She earned her MFA in ceramics at Alfred University in 2019 and was selected as the 2019-20 Artist in Residence at the Harvard Ceramics Program in Boston, MA. Recently, she has begun her residency at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.

Clay Etc. - A New Material Perspective

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Atelier NL setClay Etc., an upcoming digital publication by Summer Chen and Ty Billman, aims to provide a space for our global community of designers, makers and craftspeople to share the unique passions for, and experiences with, clay as a medium. As part of the publication’s launch, co-author Summer Chen will be in conversation with fellow designers Kevin Rouff of ThusThat and Lonny van Ryswyck of Atelier NL to present and discuss the points of intersection they have experienced with the ceramic medium and design. Access to the publication will be made available to all registrants.

Course Fees: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students; $50 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard employees and Adult Community.


Panelist Bios:

Summer Chen is a designer, artist, maker and researcher based in London and Boston. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2014 with a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Technology Management and soon worked as a solution analyst in the healthcare industry. In 2016, Summer left her corporate job to pursue her passion for ceramics and worked as a teaching and studio assistant at the Ceramics Program at Office for Art at Harvard University. Summer is currently a Master student at Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London.

Kevin Rouff is co-director along with Paco Boeckelmann of ThusThat, a design studio with an experimental approach to materials. The studio's practice moves between scientific inquiry, critical research, and experimental making methods. Their work utilizing mining wastes like red mud, a waste of the alumina industry, has gained them widespread attention and has been exhibited across the globe. The studio is based in Amsterdam.

Lonny van Ryswyck is co-owner of design studio Atelier NL, together with creative partner Nadine Sterk. Atelier NL believes that design has the ability to connect local communities to the valuable resources that surround them. Their work explores the potential of local sourcing and production by focusing on the subtleties of the earth right under our feet. Lonny teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven and gives lectures & workshops world-wide to share Atelier NL’s unique design philosophy that concentrates on raw materials, responsible production practices, and good craftsmanship.

Atelier NL holds the notion of community engagement and public participation at their core by embracing local resources and focusing on the important connection between people and their environment. They invite you to ‘think global and dig local’ in order to implement new design strategies into your work and day-to-day lives.