The focus of this 5-day workshop is to transform two-dimensional slab shapes into three-dimensional pottery forms. We will kick off the workshop by collecting and creating an arsenal of texture tools that we’ll then use to dress up our clay slabs. Further investigation will involve inflating and/or altering pieces to add volume and to tailor profiles. Additive details such as handles, knobs, and spouts will also be developed. We will spend time constructing pouring pots, storing pots, and various dinnerware forms. Technical and formal discussions will center around slab-built pottery.
Jen Allen received a BFA (2002) from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a MFA (2006) from Indiana University, Bloomington. From 1998-2002, she worked as a production assistant to Kris Bliss at Bliss Pottery in Anchorage, AK. In March 2008, the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) recognized Jennifer as an “Emerging Artist”. Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. In addition to keeping a home studio, Jennifer currently teaches ceramic classes at West Virginia University. She lives in Morgantown, WV with her husband Shoji Satake, their two kids, Annelise and Finn, and their two dogs, Billie and Margot.