Project Description

Perspectives 2022 Workshop

PUSHING THE SURFACE OF THE CLAY:

A Specialty Pottery Decoration Workshop

with Lora Rust

In this Hands On Workshop, Lora will share her unique process of “pushing the clay,” in addition to sharing her growing expertise in surface design, glazing and various firing methods, particularly soda firing. Lora will throw a variety of forms – altering, assembling and decorating the pieces using her signature technique and creating patterns on the clay surface using her personally designed tools. She will explore ideas about design, pattern and composition, discussing the relationship of surface texture to the form. She will demonstrate a variety of glazing and finishing techniques to maximize surface texture.

Although Lora’s base forms will be thrown on the wheel, hand-builders are welcome and can enjoy learning the texturing process.

Using Lora’s signature tools, student will learn and practice her technique on sample tiles and their own leather-hard thrown or hand-built pieces. Specialty tool kits will be available for purchase.

Days/Dates: Saturday August 27  &  Sunday August 28, 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm both days
Cost (lunch included both days): OCAF Members $175 / Non-members $225
Location: School Street Studios, 34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Materials: Students will need to bring several pieces of leather-hard wheel thrown or hand-built pottery to learn/practice techniques on.
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Since 2008 Lora has been a studio potter and pottery instructor in Atlanta, GA, selling her work at local and regional art sales, exhibits and galleries. Sharing her love of working in clay, Lora teaches beginning and intermediate pottery classes at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center with concentration in the soda firing process. She also teaches hands on and demonstration workshops regionally. Lora creates heirloom quality porcelain table and serve ware at her studio in Atlanta, which is thrown, altered and textured with her unique technique of pushing the clay.

Lora attributes her passion for her craft to an abundance of ceramic art in her home growing up in Atlanta. An early admiration for the artistic elements of design, form, and functionality were incorporated into her family’s everyday life. When expressing herself artistically, her methods were always tactile – sewing and needlepoint at an early age, and then clay in high school and college. Not seeing clay as a particular vocation at the time, Lora moved into the corporate world, ultimately as a Human Resources Executive. Returning to clay some 15 years later, she took classes at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, where she was accepted into a 2-year assistantship program, developing her unique style and techniques.

As a ceramic artist, her goal is to bring a touch of artistry and elegance anywhere in the home. Working in porcelain, Lora enhances the surface of her pots using a stylized technique, a unique process of striking and pushing clay with personally designed tools, creating lush and fluid surfaces that beg to be touched. Designs and patterns found in Gothic Architecture mixed with the fluidity of Art Nouveau are strong influences for her patterns. Inspiration from textile and fabric design provides movement to the texture on the form. She fires her work in her soda kiln in Blue Ridge, GA. Sodium vapors glaze the exterior of each vessel, interacting and uniquely highlighting the form and surface.