*I’m currently taking a break from teaching, to make new work and refocus on my creativity!*

Hanging Planters for Succulents
March 1 – March 15, 2016
Tuesday nights, 6:00-8:30 pm
The Wilds, Bend, Oregon – email me to register!


Cost of class: $135, all materials included

Come join us as we get the jump on spring and make hanging planters for succulents out of clay!  This is a three-week class, and at the end you will have 2-4 completed small planters, and at the last class we will assemble our planters with soil and succulents. All materials provided, just bring yourself and prepare to get your hands dirty! Each student will receive 3 plants with the class.

*Maximum class size is 10 students, so register now!


“Guardians and Our Personal Stories”, September 2016, The Bascom, Highlands, NC – follow the link to register

“Selfies in Clay, with Glazing Bonus,” End of September 2015, The Bascom, Highlands, NC.  OH boy – did we have FUN!
bascom class, 2015


September 2014, Human/Animal Hybrids in Clay, The Bascom, Highlands, NC – all done!

Class photo at the Bascom 2014

my demo piece for the class

my demo piece for the class

Guest Artist, East Tennessee State University, September 2014all done!

So surprised to see this on the chalkboard at ETSU

So surprised to see this on the chalkboard at ETSU

demo piece for the students

demo piece for the students

April 12-13, 2014  Studio Workshop, all done – it was awesome!!

Clay Sculpture
Human/Animal Hybrids:
Sculpting with Solid Forms in Clay

*Early registration will close March 20th (first day of spring!)*

To register: simply email me on my contact page with your request.  Be sure to register early and take advantage of the early bird discount.   Make sure to get your payment in too, as that is the best way to secure your spot!  (check or credit card is fine)

Workshop Information: A two-day clay workshop that will be a fun experiment in trying out new narrative clay forms and technique in a relaxing environment in my personal studio on John’s Island, SC. We will be building sculptures with clay coils and solid forms, which we will then hollow out for the firing.  Prior experience with clay is helpful, but not necessary.

Ideas will be discussed about how to blend human and animal characteristics. You may find it helpful to bring reference photos or drawings of a particular animal or of animal body parts that could be useful in your sculptures, or you can just play with the clay and see what happens! 🙂

The workshop will run from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.  There is a limit of 4 students, so that each student can receive personal instruction and have room to work comfortably in my studio.  Plan on a little time for breaks and stretching! Creating sculpture makes the shoulders tense if you don’t relax from time to time.

LUNCH- bring your own!  I’ll also have munchies available, and  snacks are always welcome in the studio.  Water will be provided, but feel free to bring other “beverages”, if you prefer. There is a small refrigerator for our items.

*Must love dogs!  I have three dogs, who regularly hang out with me in the studio. A water bowl and a dog bed are permanent features in my studio.

We will be building one main sculpture and hopefully two smaller wall-hanging sculptures. The focus of the class will be on construction techniques, with information given as to firing and glazing. Information will also be given on cold finishes (paints and other non-fired finishes), in the event that students are unable to glaze fire their pieces.  Bisque firing will be available for students, as an option, for those who do not have access to a kiln, or wet sculptures may be taken home at the end of the workshop.

Each student will receive one bag of clay for the weekend, with an option to purchase more, if desired.  Highwater Raku clay will be used.

Suggested tools: (And I have extras, in case you forget or don’t have something)

  • Spray bottle
  • A few paintbrushes of various sizes
  • Objects to use in texturing ie, rocks, Velcro, stamps, texture mats, mesh, kitchen utensils, cabinet knobs, anything you can think of (even the sole of some shoes!)
  • Bats or boards
  • Banding wheel or lazy susan
  • Clay paddle
  • Rasp (Surform)
  • Rubber ribs and metal scrapers
  • Fettling knife
  • Plastic for covering your works
  • Foam, bubblewrap, and/or towels
  • Box to assist with transporting sculptures post-workshop

Be sure to label your tools, if you have your own! We always end up sharing and swapping, so labeling is good.

Come join us!  It will be a fun weekend.  I can’t wait to share my studio with you.  I live in a rural area on a dirt road and we have all kinds of privacy out here.  April is my favorite time of the year as so many things are starting to really flower!