TVP Masters Series Demonstration Workshop with Joe Frank McKee

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Saturday, August 6, 2016
10AM – 5PM
Fee: $165 (TVP Ongoing Students: $95)

The Village Potters are pleased to welcome Joe Frank McKee as he demonstrates his unique process in clay and the great world of alternative raku firings and effects! During this one-day demonstration workshop Joe Frank will take us on a journey through his history and experience with clay, and share how he makes, fires, and finishes. If you are considering exploring Raku this workshop will expose you to a variety of firing techniques. Sign up TODAY! Space is limited!

Originally fthe village potters, asheville, nc, independent study, mentoring, masters series, workshop, joe frank mckeerom Abilene, Texas, Joe Frank McKee received a BFA degree from McMurry University and a MFA degree from the University of North Texas and has owned and operated his own studio and gallery since 1997. Originally located in Ingram, Texas, in 2003 Joe Frank opened Tree House Pottery in Dillsboro, NC and continues to enjoy being a studio potter, participating in arts festivals, and wholesaling pottery to other galleries around the country. Joe Frank creates a wide range of work, from functional pottery to fumed pots to traditional Raku and Horsehair pottery. He enjoys teaching the art of clay as a part-time instructor at Southwestern Community College, yet one of his greatest professional accomplishments has been to co-found and co-organize the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival, an annual event in Dillsboro, NC.

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In his own words:
“I enjoy working in clay simply because it is my creation from start to finish, and I have been fascinated by it from the very beginning.  My everyday ware focuses on function first.  The forms themselves are kept simple with a wavy line that later erupts into landscape expressions through glazing and firing.  Making functional pots keeps me in touch with what people want and use on a daily basis.

My decorative line consists of horsehair, raku and fumed pottery.  I focus more on the finishing of the pot with natural products again to achieve landscape expressions.  I enjoy producing pottery that is more creative, artistic and unique.

In both my functional and decorative pottery, some forms come out simple and some blaze with color, which I think reflects my memories of beautiful Texas sunsets.  I have found great joy in working with clay and it has evolved into more than just a fascination, but a livelihood that I hope continues for many years to come.”

Saturday, August 6, 2016
10AM – 5PM
Fee: $165 (TVP Ongoing Students: $95)

REGISTER TODAY ONLINE!!