Paul Briggs Artist-In-Residence Workshop


Sunday, February 16, 2020, 10:00am to 4:00pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA

Paul BriggsExplore a new way of thinking about the technique of pinching clay and a philosophy of making that asks us all to slow down and be present with both material and process. Paul Briggs’ unique technique is pinching expressive vessels out of a single ball of clay, using no additional clay. Briggs will walk participants through a basic version of his technique using a ball of clay. This workshop is one in a series of three sessions in February with Ceramics Program 2019-20 Artists In Residence. 

Artist Bio: Paul Briggs grew up in the Hudson Valley of Newburgh, NY taking his first ceramics class in 9th grade. He eventually landed at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Paul is an artist-teacher with balanced training in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Education. He earned an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, an MSED from Alfred University and a PhD in Art Education/Educational Theory and Policy from the Pennsylvania State University. He’s taught all educational levels and various contexts including the Penland and Haystack Schools of Craft. Recently he was awarded a South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council Grant for the installation, Cell Persona: The Impact of Incarceration on Black Lives. Paul is an Associate Professor of Art Education at MassArt. 

Check out all three workshops by our 2019-20 Artists-In-Residence:

Ruth Easterbrook: Sunday, February 9
Paul Briggs: Sunday, February 16
Kyle Johns: Sunday, February 23

These one-day sessions are a great opportunity to get to know these artists and see what they’re working on, especially if you haven’t had a chance to take a course with them.

Cost per session: $125 for Adult Community not currently enrolled in a Spring 2020 Ceramics Program course; $50.00 for Harvard Graduate Students and Adult Community enrolled in a Spring 2020 Ceramics Program course; Free for Harvard College Undergraduates. 


Please email to get on the waitlist for this course.

three pinched vessels by Paul Briggs