Visiting Artist Workshop with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer


Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00pm to Sunday, September 16, 2018, 5:00pm


Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

work by Kristen Kieffer and Bryan HopkinsVisiting Artist Workshop with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer | The Textured Surface in Porcelain

Saturday & Sunday  September 15 & 16, 2018 
10am - 4pm each day
Potluck lunch for those who wish to bring a dish to share.

Join us for a master class in working with porcelain with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer. Both artists plan to explore a range of surface treatments while sharing stores and their experiences as contemporary ceramic artists. Both will provide visual presentations pertaining to their journey as artists and with their chosen techniques and use of porcelain clay bodies. Whether your work is functional or sculptural, this workshop will provide you with a chance to explore, experiment and learn. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the various techniques covered in the workshop and receive feedback from other participants and the workshop leaders.

Bryan Hopkins will talk about and demonstrate pushing porcelain pots to the edge of the rule that form must follow function- that grey area where provocative work exists. He will discuss the importance of developing clay bodies specific to his needs and the importance of collaboration. Bryan will demonstrate his methods for making translucent porcelain pieces (cups, bowls, etc.), as well as how to successfully add hand-built elements to wheel thrown parts to create interesting asymmetric forms, influenced by architecture, historic ceramics, and his urban environment. The use of carving tools and bisque molds and drills to affect surface (increasing translucence and adding content) will be shown.

Kristen Kieffer will discuss embracing play in form and surface, the importance of timing in clay, and studio ergonomics. She will demo altering off the wheel and stamping at “suede,” as well as leather-hard decoration techniques including slip-trailing, slip-sponging, and paper resist.

Kristen Kieffer and Bryan Hopkins

The cost for this workshop: Free for Harvard Undergraduate students; $50.00 for Harvard Graduate Students and $150.00 for Adults enrolled in a course at the Ceramics Program; $200.00 for those not enrolled in a course.

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Location: Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134