Pattie Chalmers Visiting Artist Workshop

Matriarch Vase by Pattie ChalmersSaturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2022

10am – 5pm each day with a 1 hour lunch break each day
Location: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Pattie Chalmers uses autobiographical narrative in her vessel and sculpture-based work. Chalmers’ works, whether presented individually or through installation, preserve memories - a trinket from a vacation, an old family photo, a much loved and worn-out cassette tape. In this workshop, Chalmers will present her methods of building with clay while sharing techniques for creating imagery on both pottery and sculpture. Approaches will include printmaking and simple transfer techniques, relief carving, sgraffito, stencils, and creating and using simple sprig molds and stamps to create a many-layered cake of ceramic information.

Students will have the opportunity to try several of these techniques on clay tiles provided by the studio. Tools will be provided for all students.

Cost: $25 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.

BiographyPattie Chalmers in front of installation of objects on the wall

Pattie Chalmers grew up and went to art school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba, and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in 2001.  She has exhibited in group exhibitions on five continents, in six countries, in thirty-three US states and three Canadian provinces. She has had five solo exhibitions in the past four years, most recently the exhibition “Everything and More” at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis and “Imperfect Ramblings” at Merwin Gallery, at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Chalmers has taught at the University of Minnesota, Ohio University and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she is currently a full professor of art. (Chalmers might be a little compulsive, and she definitely likes to laugh at her own jokes).


Chalmers vase with photo of ceramic installation with artist.