Skill Level: Intermediate, advanced and the professional potter. Be able to center and pull a 10″ cylinder to attend workshops with Tom Coleman.
To Register Call Ruth Kline at 702-685-7573
A 50% deposit holds your place in these workshops.
New! Shino Workshop with Tom Coleman August 5-11th. Scroll down for more information.
Original Crystal Matte Workshop June 10-16th
- Apply crystal matte glazes for brighter, more beautiful color and crystals. Tom Coleman teaches you the correct temperature and reduction atmosphere for the best crystal mattes ever! Bring up to 10 pieces of bisque ware made from cone 10 clay and bisque fired to 08. You can also ship your bisque ware to Pottery West prior to the start of the workshop.
Fee: $1000.00 with your own off-site housing. A 50% deposit of $500.00 holds your place in this workshop. 24 hour access to the pottery. (scroll down for details about Clay and Lab fees for the workshops)
Strictly Functional Workshop July 24-28th
5 Days of intensive hands-on instruction for functional ware. Improve your throwing skills 10-fold with specific instruction on how to get the most from your materials while working. Tom Coleman demonstrates how form needs to follow the function it was meant to perform. Learn which glazes are best for functional ware and what temperature range will ensure the highest quality stoneware and porcelain wares. And, find out what kind of insurance you might want to carry if you are making functional work and selling to the general public.
Fee: $850.00 with your own off-site housing. A 50% deposit of $425.00 holds your place in this workshop. 24 hour access to the pottery.
Shinos August 5-11th
What makes a great shino glaze starts out with the type of clay you use to how you fire your reduction atmosphere kiln. This workshop with Tom Coleman includes hands-on participation in every step of the process to get the very best shinos! Throwing, trimming and sculpting multi-sectional forms. Making marks and shino glaze application. Bring 10 pieces of pre-bisqued ware made from cone 10 stoneware or porcelain. We start out with spray-glazing, loading a kiln and firing specifically for shinos.
Fee: $1000.00 with your own off-site housing. A 50% deposit of $500.00 holds your place in this workshop. 24 hour access to the pottery.
Clay and Lab Fee:We have Smooth BMix, BMix with grog, Vegas Buff Smooth and Coleman Porcelain available for purchase. The cost of the clay is $1.00 per pound and we sell the clay in 25 pound blocks.
The purchase of the clay covers the lab fee for your firings and glazes. This way your lab fee is based on how much clay you choose to use during the workshop. Our staff continues to bisque fire wares until the last day of the workshop so you’ll have wares strong enough to travel back home with you.
Our 6 day workshops with Tom Coleman begin with a glaze demonstration and a firing. Plan to bring up to 10 pieces of bisque ware ranging in size from small up to 10″ in height. Large bowls and platters take up too much room. We would like you to bring forms like bottles, vases, tea bowls, pitchers, etc. It’s important to limit the work you bring to 10 pieces so we can be sure to get everyone’s work into the kiln.
The Pottery: is 3000 sq ft and has central air conditioning and heating. Equipped with satellite radio, a fridge and a microwave. The pottery is open 24 hours a day. For more information about the facility click here
Lunches: Some people will opt to go out for lunches. There is a fridge on-site if you prefer to bring lunches with you.
Lodging The Santa Fe Hotel and Casino is close by. Ruth will give you the contact info when you register for a workshop.
Workshop Participants will spend multiple days throwing and firing with Tom Coleman at Pottery West. Plan to bring bisque ware or ship it to us ahead of time. 10 small to medium-sized pieces from 6 – 10 inches tall is suggested. Please do not bring bowls or plates: they take up too much room in the kilns. Bring any tools you are used to throwing and glazing with.
Daily Schedule Coffee is available in the pottery studio from 7:30 – 9:00 am. Workshops begin at 9:00 am. Spend the day in the air-conditioned pottery where we’ll be throwing, trimming, decorating and glazing with Tom. We work hands-on with Tom throughout the workshop. Glaze, load kilns, watch demos and throw. We end the day around 4:00 pm. The pottery studio is open 24 hours so you are welcome to continue working at your own pace.
Photo Special Our resident photographer, Kelly McLendon, is available to take professional images of your work while you participate in a workshop. Her rates are reasonable and she provides you with a CD of images to take home with you. For more information visit http://kelly-mclendon.com/