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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Carey Nathanson

Carey Nathanson

Carey Nathanson

Carey Nathanson

Carey Nathanson

Carey Nathanson


Instructor: Carey Nathanson

March 13–15, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Along with mastering the perfectly symmetrical and unblemished pot, ceramic artists spend years developing the nuanced skill of producing loose, uninhibited work that harmonizes subtle wobbles and more exaggerated imperfections without forcing the issue. In this workshop students will dive into this approach to clay by learning to make various functional and sculptural forms using handbuilding techniques that encourage this aesthetic organically. Kurinuki is a Korean and Japanese technique of constructing with solid blocks of clay that are then hollowed out. We will utilize several variations of kurinuki techniques to make functional forms inspired by tea and sake ware. Participants will learn a method of trimming feet on cups and bowls off the wheel by hand. Students will also try some different approaches to making larger slab-built bottles and sake pourers that incorporate kurinuki.


CAREY NATHANSON started working with clay during his high school years in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. Over the past two years, he’s split time between Japan and California working and studying as an assistant to woodfire potter John Dix in Kobe and also as a resident at the Flynn Creek Pottery under woodfire potter Nick Schwartz in Comptche, CA. This past winter, he was a visiting artist at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, California, and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

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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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