Visiting Artist Workshop & Lecture with Don Reynolds


Monday, July 24, 2017, 1:00pm to 6:30pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

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

Workshop: 1:00 - 5:00 pm (registration required)

Lecture: 5:30 - 6:30 pm (the lecture is free and open to the public).

Workshop Description

Don ReynoldsExplore surface with one of the most colorful personalities in clay, Don Reynolds, who hails from the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY.  Reynolds tries to never produce pots that will match the sofa – unless you live in Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Driven by color, pattern and textures (and an outrageous sense of humor), Reynolds will demonstrate surface techniques using underglaze, wax and glaze that provide his distinctive bold surfaces. This workshop is perfect for those looking for a new direction for their work or interested in learning layering techniques using bright color that both sing and dance (don't be afraid to tip)!

Don Reynolds
work by Don Reynolds
"I approach my work with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor to create objects for the modern stone age family. My influences include all of the spectacles of modern times including the circus, the rodeo, county fairs, Mardi Gras/Carnival, rock and roll, casinos, outer space, and other assorted roadside attractions which exude a gaudy specialness."

This workshop will feature a public slide presentation at 5:30pm. To register, download our registration form here or email Shawn Panepinto at

Questions? Email Kathy King at

The cost for this half-day workshop: Free for Harvard Undergraduates and Graduate Students; $25.00 for adults enrolled in a course; $50.00 for adults not enrolled in a course.

Artist Biography: Originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, in suburban Detroit, Don Reynolds was introduced to ceramics while attending Harrison High School.  He graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Art in 1982, where he studied Ceramics with both John Stephenson, and Georgette Zirbes.  Upon graduation, Don spent a year in Southern California where he worked for various local potteries including Ron Rogers Pottery and Vee Jackson Pottery.  After returning home to Michigan, he became a Resident Artist on-board the Artrain, an art museum and working studio housed in five train cars that traveled across the country bringing an interactive art experience to underserved communities.  Don traveled with the Artrain demonstrating pottery techniques and maintaining his own studio practice from 1985 to 1989.  Yes, he rocked an awesome asymmetrical hairstyle while he still had the locks to support it!  It was during those years in the mid to late Eighties that Don began to show and sell his mostly functional ceramics through national juried competitions and gallery outlets including Del Mano Gallery in Pasadena, CA, and The Ann Arbor Art Association in Ann Arbor, MI.

After a 10+ year absence from the ceramic community, Don accepted an invitation in 2012 from his fellow Artrain Resident Artist, Jenny Mendes, to accompany her as the Studio Assistant during her 8-week concentration course at Penland School of Crafts, in North Carolina.  This experience became the springboard to launch him back into the craft world as a ceramic artist.  Since then, Don has landed at the Clay Art Center, in Port Chester, NY, as a part of the vibrant community of makers as both an artist and educator.  He continues to refine his craft and establish himself as an emerging clay artist once again through juried shows and gallery representation at Plough Gallery in Tifton, GA and Ember in Chattanooga, TN.


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