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Ceramic Spreaders, Spoons, and Scoops

Registration Closed
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka
Aug 5, 6, 7, 8 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Workshop ID: 3D2020
Media: Clay
Skill Level: All Levels
Tuition: Members: $ 485.00 / Non-Members: $ 525.00
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Includes materials fee.


Move beyond the traditional, ceramic tabletop objects and learn how to construct utilitarian kitchen tools, such as spreaders, spoons, scoops, and reamers, using both hand built and wheel-thrown construction. Additionally, give an old kitchen tool new life by replacing the handle with a ceramic handle of your own design.


Each day alternates between demonstrations, brief gatherings to discuss examples of form and surface from Kristin’s personal collection of kitchen tools, and plenty of hands-on working time. Construction methods include coil, slab with paper plates, wheel-thrown parts, and basic clay molds for small forms. Explore surface decoration techniques that translate across all firing temperatures, such as creating textured slabs, sgraffito, mishima, resists, and underglaze transfers. Open to all levels of experience.


Kristin Pavelka earned her BA in Studio Arts from Carleton College and MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University. She makes functional candy-like glazed ceramic objects; creating a visual balance between opposites. She has been recognized with numerous awards and residencies from the Archie Bray Foundation, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Red Lodge Clay Center. Kristin lives and works in Eden Prairie, MN.