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Eva Champagne

Eva Champagne

Eva Champagne

Eva Champagne


Instructor: Eva Champagne
Weave, unravel, express, obliterate

August 9–12, 2017 (Wednesday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


In this workshop, participants will experience the serendipitous nature of firing in a soda atmosphere: what the soda contributes, what it takes away. There is a wonderful sense of freedom in giving a work over to the atmospheric firing process, and a sweet anticipation of results which cannot be entirely predicted. The process can be described as a collaboration between the artist’s planning and expression, and the kiln’s sweeping endowments and editing.

This workshop has two parts:
1. Surface treatment techniques: Participants will layer underglazes, flashing slips, underglaze pencils, and glaze, creating varied, colorful, and lively surfaces. Methods include using wax to mask, brushing, pouring, slip trailing, etc., with an emphasis on strategic combinations, layering, and experimentation.

2. Atmospheric firing: And then we will give these highly expressive works over to the soda firing process, allowing it to have the final word in design. We will fire in mostly neutral atmosphere, introducing soda at cone 8, and then a brief crash-cooling (oxidation) to “set” brightness of surface.

This workshop is a time to experiment, take risks, try new, possibly daring forms of expression through ceramic materials, and then to let go and allow the firing process to have an equal voice, by enhancing and/or obscuring/transforming your original surface design.


EVA CHAMPAGNE is an American artist who grew up in Hong Kong, one of the great cultural melting pots of the world. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and completed Post-Baccalaureate study at the University of Florida. In 2009 she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Montana-Missoula. Since then, she has been a resident artist at AIR Vallauris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, Red Lodge Clay Center and The Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana, and most recently at Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Bali, Indonesia.

As an educator, she has taught successfully in both the academic and workshop setting. Between 2012 and 2015, she traveled back and forth between Montana and Florida, teaching at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City as their visiting artist, and then at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. She exhibits internationally as well as in the US, and currently lives and works in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.

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Current MAC Members: $378
Non-members: $420 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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