Clay as Canvas: Surface Decoration on Bisqueware

For ceramic artists who want to further develop their creative voice through their work. Enhance your bisqueware by learning to apply bold design, graphic pattern, illustrative drawings and paint techniques. Consider how color theory, mark making and form play integral roles in design. Day 1, students learn different underglaze materials, tools, and techniques. Day 2, apply the methods learned and bring planned design to fruition. Students receive feedback through group discussion and instructor guidance.

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About the Instructor

Deb Rice

Deb Rice is a Richmond ceramic artist with degrees in design from ODU and art education from VCU. She taught high school fine art and graphic art, and is thrilled to be teaching ceramics (her favorite medium) at the Visual Arts Center (her favorite place).
Deb incorporates various hand-building techniques and creative surface decoration, combining her love of clay, graphic design and painting.
Her ceramics have been featured in juried exhibits and pop up shops across Virginia. She also sells her work at several local markets as “Muddy Paws Ceramics,” named in honor of her dog Bo, who lived on a short chain for 3 years. Soon after being rescued and discovering freedom, Bo was bursting with joy running full speed, paws-to-belly caked in mud. Deb feels joy and freedom when playing with “mud” herself. Helping students experience those same feelings is icing on the cake.

Instagram: @muddypawsceramics

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Clay as Canvas: Surface Decoration on Bisqueware

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Class Details
October 26 - November 21 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Day: Sat
Tuition: $95.00
Member Tuition: $85.50
Additional fees apply
Instructors: Deb RiceKatie Davis
Level: Intermediate