Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
Most exciting to me was when she showed us a rather remarkable technique of transferring images by decorating soft clay tiles with underglazes (one with an image and the other with a simple background). She then pressed the two tiles together face to face and then pulled them apart again. The image from the one tile was partially duplicated on the background tile as was the background transferred to the image tile. The transfers were mirror images of each other but not exact duplicates. She then applied more underglazes to these two tiles altering them further and could have used them to create more variations on new background tiles.
I also missed out on sessions with the AMACO technical staff on how to effectively use their products.
In 1999 I had the great pleasure to take a Robin Hopper workshop in Atlanta. This was a lecture demo program and I loved it. Getting to know the potter behind the great body of work and wonderful books was super. The best workshops are hands on with everyone on the same page. The worst are the ones in which the organizers don't pay attention to the level of accomplishment of attendees and lump novices in with accomplished potters. That doesn't sound too bad but it is because there is always one novice who interrupts when they can't get there and it spoils it for all the others.