Jennifer Allen Workshop

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Jennifer Allen Workshop

From Slab to Fab

8 May 2023 - 17 May 2023

Price: 2056 €


  • Materials
  • Firing
  • Weekday lunch

Opportunity: If you would like to stay longer and work in the studio? Price: 125 € per week

The focus of this 10-day workshop is to transform two-dimensional slab shapes into three-dimensional pottery forms. We will kick off the workshop by collecting and creating an arsenal of texture tools that we’ll then use to dress up our clay slabs. Further investigation will involve inflating and/or altering pieces to add volume and to tailor profiles. Additive details such as handles, knobs, and spouts will also be developed. We will spend time constructing pouring pots, storing pots, and various dinnerware forms. Technical and formal discussions will center around slab-built pottery forms. A firing will be included so that participants can bring home a couple of pieces of bisque-fired and/or glazed work. The goal of this workshop is to build confidence to take risks and expand ideas of both form and surface.

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1: morning greeting, demonstration on texture tools, create handmade texture tools (morning), cup demonstration (afternoon), artist presentation (evening)
Day 2: handle demo for cups (morning), bowl and plate demo (afternoon),
Day 3: pouring pots demo (morning), spout demo (afternoon)
Day 4: storing pots demo (morning)
Day 5: workday
Day 6: load bisque (afternoon)
Day 7: unload bisque, slip demo, reload bisque for slip (afternoon)
Day 8: unload slip bisque, glaze demo (afternoon)
Day 9: load glaze and final bisque (am), teapot group exercise (afternoon), Jiro Dreams of Sushi movie (evening)
Day 10: unload glaze kiln and bisque kiln, group share, pack up work and clean up studio

Jennifer Allen

Jen Allen is a studio potter, mother and educator in Morgantown, WV. She received her BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Among her awards, she was a recipient of the Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation (2006-2007). In 2008, Jen moved to West Virginia to join her husband, Shoji Satake, who is a professor of ceramics at West Virginia University. They have two kids together. In 2019, Jen co-founded the Mo'town Studio Tour, an annual tour of art studios in Morgantown, WV. You can find her pottery in homes and kitchens across the globe.