Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson
Wild Clay With Steven Johnson

Wild Clay With Steven Johnson

Clay is one of the oldest materials on Earth and humans have been using it for centuries for pottery, art, and writing tablets. Join us in this three-day Wild Clay workshop and open the door to the past as you learn the skills ancient potters used to locate, identify, and process wild clay. From foraging in beautiful Houghton Lake, Michigan to processing and creating artwork with the clay you harvest, this workshop will give you all the skills you need to enhance your understanding of clay and enrich your ceramic practice.

Various Options Available: 
1. Full Workshop With Accommodations : $220
2. Full Workshops WITHOUT Accommodations: $160
3. One Day Participation: $120

Limited space available in shared cabin on site. If interested in camping with a tent, feel free to choose the second option (Full Workshops WITHOUT Accommodations) public restrooms and kitchen available for guests.

Other accommodations are available nearby but can be pricy with a 2 day minimum.

If you are interested in One Day Participation, please leave a note on which date you would like to be apart of. 

    3 day off site workshop at Houghton Lake, Michigan

    Day 1: August 23: 11am - 5pm

    Lecture and Process

    Participants will travel to the excavation site and discuss wild clay such as the different types of wild clay, typical areas to find it, and various uses. An explanation of how to process the clay will also be covered. Participants will locate and excavate the clay from the site (about 5lbs.)

    Day 2: August 24: 10am - 5pm

    Make and Fire

    Steven will demo how to process the clay and discuss additions such as ball clay or kaolin to assist in plasticity, raising vitrification point, and testing process. Students will participate in a pit fire to test the quality of wild clay via test bar and/ or 1 - 2 small vessels. 

    Day 3: August 25: 10am - 2pm

    Triaxial Testing or Clay blending and Firing Results

    Discuss results and refine the remaining wild clay with additives. 

    Class 1: "Lecture and Process" 8/22 11a-5p

    • Covering a brief history of clay in cultures and its utility, earthenware vs stoneware  and porcelain bodies and their prospective compositions and temperatures, what is "clay" a overview on what is in a clay body mixture, e.g. Kaolin, ball clay, silica, flux and related particle sizes. 
    • "show and tell" of various state samples, [make 10cm test bars here if possible]
    • Harvesting and processing what is brought and/or what is on site from the well dig out
      • blunging, and screening, then plaster or pillow case. [Ideally Each student gets minimum 5# of wild clay to use or the duration) 
    • BONUS OF THE DAY- hike out and get or show some wild clay on site OR start making and playing with various raw samples 

    Class 2: "Make and Fire" 8/23 10a-5p

    • Review Content from Day 1 as needed. 
    • Finish refinement of wild, blend with clays and/or additives (see list below) to desired outcome or test.
    • Make 10cm test bars and/or a small 1-2# vessel and Fire in Kiln
      • Start Dry by 2/3p and fire by 5-10p 

      Class 3: "Triaxial Testing or Clay blending and Firing Results" 8/24 10a-2p

      • Explain Purpose and how to use the 5x5x5 triangle tile
        • Choose a wild clay and a other clay or flux
          • scale out and mix in dixie cups, apply to tile 
      • Discuss results of fired tiles (10cm bars and pots)
        • use info to inform choices of what clay bodies can need
      • Choose and weight additives to make wild clay body with remaining 5# lbs 
        • scale out clay and wedge additives 
      • By enrolling in a class or workshop, you are acknowledging that you have read and understand the safety instructions and liability waiver.
      • Please plan to arrive early so we can start class promptly at the scheduled time.
      • There is a cancellation fee of $20 for all workshops. Cancellations made 4 or more days before the date of class will be refunded minus this fee. For cancellations made fewer than 4 full days, but more than 24 hours before the start time, a 50% refund or 50% credit toward another class or workshop will be issued. We cannot provide refunds or credits for cancellations or rescheduling requests made fewer than 24 hours before the start time of class, if you miss your class, or arrive too late to participate.

      • Our classes are intended for adults. If you have a child under 18 who is interested in taking a class, please email us before enrolling.

      All students must agree to the following upon registering for a class or workshop at Still Life Studio:

      Waivers and Safety for Ceramic Classes and Studio Use

      1. Students will follow all instructions by teacher
      2. Students will not load, unload or operate the kilns
      3. Long hair should be tied back
      4. Do not wear articles of clothing or jewelry that hang off the body.
      5. Closed footwear is required.
      6. Do not use any equipment without a staff member present.
      7. SLS will provide safety glasses or gloves upon request.
      8. All completed work must be picked up from Still Life Studio no later than 4 weeks after the student’s final class. Still Life Studio is not responsible for any work left longer than 4 weeks. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their work.

      COVID-19 Liability Waiver

      I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing. 

      I acknowledge that Still Life Studio has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

      I acknowledge that Still Life Studio can not guarantee that I will not become infected with the Coronavirus/Covid-19. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, studio staff, and other studio clients and their families.

      I voluntarily seek services provided by Still Life Studio and acknowledge that I am increasing my risk to exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. I acknowledge that I must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while attending my class.

      I agree to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to a SLS staff member upon arrival, or furnish a negative COVID-19 test result that was administered no more than seven days before my visit.

      I attest that:

      * I am not experiencing any symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

      * I have not traveled internationally within the last 14 days.

      * I do not believe I have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. 

      * I have not been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as non contagious by state or local public health authorities.

      * I am following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting my exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

      I hereby release and agree to hold Still Life Studio harmless from, and waive on behalf of myself, my heirs, and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of the studio, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any services received from Still Life Studio. I understand that this release discharges Still Life Studio from any liability or claim that I, my heirs, or any personal representatives may have against the studio with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any services received from Still Life Studio. This liability waiver and release extends to the studio together with all owners, partners, and employees.

      Liability Waiver

      In connection with my involvement in ceramic classes at Still Life Studio, I hereby release Still Life Studio, its agents, representatives, successors, or assignees, Still Life Studio management and employees, from all liabilities, actions, claims, damages, demands, costs, and expenses which I am now or in the future have against them, arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in art classes, including enroute to or from the program or its related events. I understand that the waiver includes, but is not limited to, all injuries to me and or loss of injuries to any personal property. I also understand that this waiver includes, but is not limited to, any claims that are based on my alleged negligence or any other action or inaction of any of the above parties.

      I also give Still Life Studio permission to publish in print, electronic, or video format the likeness or image of myself and/or my work for the general promotion of Still Life Studio and its programs.

      By enrolling in a class or workshop, I am acknowledging that I have read and understand the safety instructions and the liability waiver that have been outlined.

      Regular price$220.00

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