We are so pleased to announce this one-day Demonstration Workshop with WNC potter Michael Kline! Michael will share his throwing and surface design techniques in a series of demonstrations. Forms will include mugs, yunomis, plates, bowls, and pitchers. Surface design demonstrations will include brushwork, wax resist, sanggam, and more.
*Cancellation Policy: full refund (minus $50 admin fee) up to 7 days prior to workshop, anything less than 7 days prior will result in no refund.
Michael Kline makes utilitarian ceramics with botanical-themed painted and stamped surfaces. For most of his career, Kline has worked with wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware, usually with organic patterns painted on a thick white slip surface, glass”runs,” and an alkaline ash glaze. As a resident at Penland (1998 – 2001), he began making large pots inspired by the traditional stoneware of Catawba Valley and Seagrove, North Carolina. He also briefly experimented with translucent porcelain in 2000, the floral patterns becoming a raised, topographical feature. In 2015 he visited the Freer-Sackler Wing of the Smithsonian and was struck by 15th C. examples of the Korean sangam technique. Since then, he has focused on applying this technique to his own work and aesthetic, creating floral stamps and inlaying the impressions with white slip on a dark stoneware base, and firing in a gas kiln. This new body of work currently makes up a thirdof his output. Kline’s work is consistently identifiable in its delicate pattern systems contrasted with robust forms and somewhat coarse materials.