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Forest Lesch-Middelton

Forest Lesch-Middelton

Forest Lesch-Middelton


Instructor: Forrest Lesch-Middelton

August 28–September 1, 2017
(Monday–Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm)

All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Combine form and surface as you explore the techniques Forrest has developed allowing him to integrate wheel-throwing, tile, and image transfer techniques to create uniquely decorative and thought provoking functional wares. Learn how to develop silk-screens for creating transfers. Beginning on tiles and advancing to wheel thrown forms Forrest will walk you through his process while encouraging your own creative exploration. Bring your willingness to dig deep as we explore content through writing, interview, and discussion, as well as group exercises designed to draw out your personal voice. You are certain to leave this workshop with a new approach to surface and decoration. Students will also get to keep the silk-screen they used in the class.


FORREST LESCH-MIDDELTON works in Petaluma, CA, and has an extensive background as an arts educator, administrator, and studio potter which has recently gained him recognition as a diverse and inspirational member of the ceramic arts community. Forrest received his BFA from Alfred University in 1998, and MFA from Utah State University in 2006. Forrest is the Former Ceramics Program Director of Sonoma Community Center, and is currently the President of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of CA. In 2013 Forrest was named the Ceramic Artist of the year by Ceramics Monthly, is a 2016 recipient of a Creative Work Fund grant for his work with the Islamic Cultural Center of Oakland, and this year is a McNight Fellow at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Forrest’s pots have been featured on the on the cover of Ceramics Monthly magazine, and his architectural tile has won great acclaim, having been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Luxe, and Sunset Magazine. Forrest has been an Artist in Residence at Project Art in Massachusetts, the Mendocino Art Center, and the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine.

Visit Forrest Lesch-Middelton's website

Volumetric Image Transfer with Forrest Lesch-Middelton

More Forrest Lesch-Middelton on YouTube
Measuring Prints for Specific Forms

The Potter's Cast
Forrest Middelton on Appropriation and the Language of Pattern

Current MAC Members: $540
Non-members: $600 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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