This workshop focuses primarily on developing visual interest on clay surface. Starting with throwing demonstrations, forms will be created while anticipating surface decoration and desired finish. We’ll explore basic and complex surface decoration. Demonstration will include stamping, roping, slip application, wax resist, and painting with commercial underglaze. These techniques can be applied to all types of firing methods and temperatures and are a nice foundation to adding visual interest to your work.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9am – 5pm
Fee: $165 per person
Teaching Center: $75.00 *Students must register in TVP Gallery.
Kyle Carpenter was born and raised in the Raleigh, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000. Kyle soon married and made his permanent home in Asheville. In 2002, he built a salt-kiln and made a studio at his home. Since then, he has been working as a full-time studio potter, exhibiting his work at studio tours, galleries, and museums across the United States. In 2007, Kyle moved his studio and gallery to Asheville’s Historic River Arts District. He continues to welcome locals and tourists alike into his studio, offering a glimpse into the profession he loves.
As a studio potter, Kyle works diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. It’s seemingly less about the “ritual of the table” and more about respecting a long tradition of craftsmen before me and discovering my his voice. As a contemporary potter, he often looks to past traditions for inspiration. Kyle is interested in folk pottery of many origins. His native state of North Carolina offers a deep well of talented potters, both folk and contemporary, to look towards for inspiration.
Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for him to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. Before he was introduced to the ceramics arts, he did a fair amount of illustration before and during art school. The combination of three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional drawings was a natural fusion of both his love of drawing and pottery, art and craft. It is his intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.