To enhance the students’ learning experience, and to provide instructors with regular professional development, Clayworks hosts workshops led by reputable ceramists, often with national or international acclaim, these workshops enable students and instructors to consider new methods and ideas. Working alongside a practicing artist offers both students and instructors a broader perspective on the vast skills and aesthetic viewpoints in the ceramics field. Unlike many other visual arts fields, ceramics is often touted as a community of idea and skill sharing. Ceramic artists are known for their generosity in sharing techniques, tools, and even glaze recipes. This openness can enrich both the novice and expert ceramist’s experience in a workshop environment. Workshops at Clayworks are open to the public and are designed to nurture an interest in the ceramics arts at all levels of experience.


 Handbuilding with Color and Texture

A Visiting Artist workshop with Lana Wilson

May 6 & 7, 2017

9:30am to 4pm 

Tuition: $225

 to register click here

Handbuilding with Color and Texture

In this hands-on workshop Lana will demonstrate her layered colored slip and sgraffito process that yields a shibori painterly look and will share the simple formulas for the colored slips and the glazes used. Also offered: unusual construction methods with soft slabs of clay to create bowls, cups and her favorite three fast, easy, high success techniques. Also included: construction of a box with a movable drawer and niche with layered stamped imagery, use of a sink mat with stamps for textured functional ware, sprigging, multi-level tiles, and more. Questions will be encouraged, many handouts offered and laughter eruptions assumed. Lana’s book and DVD can be available. Her work can be seen at

Lana Wilson has given over 100 workshops on handbuilding including sessions at Arrowmont, Penland, Mendocino Art Center, MISSA and Peters Valley. She has also taught in Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and has written a regular column for Clay Times magazine since 1996. Her work has been in over 185 shows and appears in fourteen books including both volumes of The Best of Pottery and Kathy Triplett’s Handbuilt Ceramics and several of Robin Hopper’s books. She is the author of Ceramics: Shape and Surface, which includes extensive cone 6 and cone 04 electric glazes she has developed and was a featured demonstrator at 2003 NCECA. Currently she serves on the board of Penland School of Craft. She has appeared twice on Discovery Channel to extol the delights of working in clay while making a teapot.

10th Year Anniversary Symposium

May 20- 22, 2016

Clayworks is celebrating its 10th year anniversary as an independent non-profit organization. Please join us for a weekend celebrating  ten years of growth.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Reception and lecture on North Carolina Contemporary Pottery

with Dr. Barbara Perry


Free and open to the public

Dr. Perry is the former curator for decorative arts at The Mint Museum. Prior to that, she served as the director of the Tyler Art Gallery, curator of ceramics at the Everson Museum, and guest curator for the American Craft Museum. Dr. Perry received her Ph.D. at Syracuse University and has lectured and written extensively on American art pottery of the 19th and 20th centuries.


May 21 & May 22, 2016

Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am to 4pm 

Demonstration workshop with four renowned North Carolina artist showing their diverse methods.


Tuition: $195

covers the two day workshop and a boxed lunch each day



Saturday May 21, 2016

Artist Panel Discussion


“The role of each artist in the broader context of community”

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Free and open to the public

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Carol Gentithes behind sculpture Carol Gentithes The Amazing Goose Chase


This two day symposium is about NC artist who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture, we emphasize the creative process from every level. We will focus on particular aspects and ideas that may be unique to working in clay.


From Inspiration and Ideas to the

Actual Making and Finishing of the work.

  • Explore the connections of the long history of NC artists as vessel makers, artists, and artisans in world wide cultures.
  • Examine how the sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers reflects that history.
  • Interact with artists who have extensive experience and training.


Tuition: $195

 covers two day workshop and a boxed lunch each day.

To Register click here


To learn more about Josh Copus

To learn More about Liz Zlot Summerfiled

To lean more about Fred Johnston

To learn more about Carol Gentithes