Terracotta clay vessel


Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Zoom (Map)

—This workshop has been cancelled.–

Join current HCCC resident artist Kirstin Willders live on Zoom for a terracotta vessel workshop inspired by the vessels featured in our winter exhibitions, Forms of Inheritance: The Work of Anna Mayer and Texas Master Series: James C. Watkins.

Participants will begin the workshop with a virtual visit to HCCC’s galleries to explore a range of vessels made by contemporary craft artists. Then, learn how to hand build using clay slabs and coils to create a unique container. Experiment with form, function, and texture, while you design a vessel made from rich, rust-colored terracotta, a timeless clay that retains its warm color after firing. Design and bring to life a planter, an abstract sculpture, a vase, or a uniquely purposed vessel, as you learn the basics of hand building.

No experience necessary. Your vessel can be dropped off to be fired in HCCC’s kiln after February 20th, during HCCC public hours. This method does not include a glaze finish and, therefore, the vessel will not be food safe.

Non-member: $65
Member: $55

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and includes instructor, materials, and administration fees. The class is for adults only (age 18 and over). The Zoom link for the workshop will be emailed to registered participants the day before the workshop date. The link will be sent to the email address used to register for the workshop. If you would like us to send it to a different email address, please email education@crafthouston.org.

Kits can be picked up at HCCC on Thursday, February 11, or Friday, February 12, between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If you are unable to pick up your kit during that time frame, please email education@crafthouston.org. Kits can be mailed to you for an additional cost of $15; however, due to increased shipping traffic during COVID-19, delivery times may be longer than normal. If you wish to have your kit mailed, make sure to register no later than Thursday February 4th.

Materials Included in Kit
–5 lbs of terracotta clay
–Needle tool
–Piece of canvas
–Rib tool
–PVC pipe rolling pin

Required Materials – Not Included in Kit
–Bowl of water
–Plastic grocery bags
–Spray water bottle
–Paper towels

Optional Materials – Not Included in Kit
–Carving and texture tools
–Piece of drywall

Workshops are subject to cancellation or change due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified seven (7) days in advance if the workshop is cancelled by HCCC. If registrants need to cancel their reservation, they must do so at least fourteen (14) days in advance to receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop date. To cancel your registration, email HCCC at education@crafthouston.org, so that someone on the waiting list can attend the workshop.