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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Alissa Mittl

Alissa Mittl

Alissa Mittl

Alissa Mittl

Alissa Mittl


Instructor: Alissa Mittl
May 8–10, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Wall-mounted ceramic work provides an ideal surface for detailed and compelling imagery. Through experimentation, students will learn how clay can be treated as a two-dimensional canvas using sgraffito carving techniques. The term sgraffito originates from the Italian term graffiare meaning “to scratch.” It is a ceramic carving technique in which the colored surface is scratched through to reveal the clay body underneath.

We will begin by constructing practical, dynamic wall tiles ideal for hanging. I like to call them box tiles. Historical and contemporary examples of wall-mounted work will be discussed to help students develop ideas. Once our forms are complete, we will begin to build visually upon the surface, to create a dynamic tapestry of information. Using underglazes and sgraffito carving techniques, students will have ample opportunities to explore and achieve their individual goals.

Students will be provided with clay and a sgraffito tool to take home at the end of the workshop. An interest in drawing is highly encouraged, but no prior experience is necessary!


ALISSA MITTL received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University. She has apprenticed for working ceramic artists Sue Tirell (Pray, MT) and Julie Guyot (Tallahassee, FL), and received fellowships to attend workshops at both Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO) and Penland School of Crafts (Bakersville, NC).

Originally from southwest Florida, her work has shown both locally and nationally. Mittl completed two terms as a Ceramic Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center (Mendocino, CA) in August 2018. She then spent a year teaching and making artwork as a long-term Resident Artist at the Taos Clay Studio in Northern New Mexico from 2018-19. Mittl now lives, works, makes and sells her art in the historic town of Taos.

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TUITION & FEES (includes a clay fee)
Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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