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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Vince Pitelka

Vince Pitelka

Vince Pitelka

Vince Pitelka

Vince Pitelka

Vince Pitelka


Instructor: Vince Pitelka
August 19–23, 2019 (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


For the sculptor or potter, handbuilding offers unlimited possibilities in surface and form. Handbuilt work doesn’t display the mechanically imposed symmetry of most wheel-thrown forms, instead revealing an organic, human quality representing the hands and movements of the maker. In this workshop our objective is to handbuild with a sense of adventure and discovery. We will explore different approaches to pinch, coil, and slab construction with the hope of fostering an adventurous inclination to use handbuilding in new ways, opening up the possibility of original invention inaccessible through more familiar methods. Our primary concerns are design, construction, and decoration, but there may be the option to bisque-fire work to facilitate safe transport. We will have a number of slide shows to introduce a range of important historical and contemporary handbuilt form and technique.


VINCE PITELKA has been professionally involved in ceramics for over 40 years. After working as a mechanic and welder and ten years as a studio potter in Blue Lake, California, Vince received his MFA in ceramics at UMass-Amherst, where he became fascinated with pattern development in ceramics using colored clays and bisque-stamps. Vince has taught at University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University and North Dakota State University, and for 24 years as a Professor of Art at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, where he ran the Clay Program until his retirement in May of 2018. Vince lives with his wife Linda outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where their son Morgan is on the faculty at UNC. Vince is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has exhibited his work internationally and taught hundreds of ceramics workshops throughout North America. Vince has been an active member of the Clayart Internet discussion forum since 1994. His column “Tool Times” appears in Clay Times magazine, and the second edition of his book Clay: A Studio Handbook was published in 2016 by the American Ceramic Society.

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

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