Throwing Relaxed Gestural Forms Participatory Workshop by Steven Hill


UPDATE:  Class is full but you can join the Waitlist here.

Throwing Relaxed Gestural Forms – Participatory Workshop with Steven Hill: Exclusive 4-Day Workshop in Westminster, Colorado

  • 4-Day Workshop: August 15-18, 2024
  • 9am – 5pm Daily
  • Westminster Pottery Studio at City Park Recreation Center
  • Free Panel Discussion: Sat., August 17th, 6-8pm, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado

We will close Workshop and Free Panel Discussion registration once we are at capacity. If interested, you may register on the Waitlist at that point.

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Workshop Details

This participatory workshop will be structured for the potter with basic throwing skills, who would like to make relaxed forms that feel both well designed and more gestural. You won’t be encouraged to unlearn any of your hard-won technique, but rather to expand the ways of gently altering thrown forms.

We will practice alteration techniques with various drinking vessels and possibly a bowl. I will end the workshop with the demo of a larger pitcher or vase.

As intermediate throwers hone their skills, they often begin to show an affinity for working more precisely. Precision throwing can lead to sublime beauty or to mechanical repetition, leaving pots a bit stiff. As potters develop their eye, along with their technical skills, they sometimes yearn to make forms that breathe – pots that show the plasticity of wet clay, even after they are fired.

While demonstrating, I will discuss design and how it relates to pottery. We will cover the relationships between rims, feet, bellies, handles, and spouts and talk about how our use of simple or compound curves impacts our forms.

Preparing for the workshop – Items to bring with you.

Bring all throwing and trimming tools you normally work with. Specific tools I suggest are:
• Curved rib for shaping bowls
• A chamois for smoothing rims
• We will supply a Kemper S4 Stainless Steel Scraper – This is absolutely essential and their similar shape, S3, doesn’t cut it for this class!
• Clay will be supplied
• Light breakfast, drinks and snacks provided.

Free Panel Discussion

Join renowned ceramic artists Steven Hill, Jonathan Kaplan, and Donna Causland for an engaging panel discussion on Saturday, August 17th, 2024, from 6-8pm at Plinth Gallery in Denver.  Dive into a lively discussion by Steven, Jonathan, and Donna about their careers and experiences, pottery techniques, artistic inspiration, and the nuances of the craft. Bring your questions and curiosity to this enriching open forum; perfect for anyone passionate about pottery and ceramics.

Register Here for the Free Panel Discussion

About Steven Hill

Steven Hill, a celebrated ceramic artist since 1974, is renowned for his unique porcelain vessels and innovative glazing techniques. Influenced by a transformative trip to Tuscany, his work blends traditional methods with modern styles. An experienced educator, Steven has conducted numerous workshops across the country, emphasizing once-fired pottery and glaze spraying. He founded Red Star Studios in Kansas City and is an active member of 323 Clay in Independence, MO, where he continues to create and teach.

About Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  He has followed his muse for over 40 years as a production potter and ceramic artist, a university educator, a professional mold and model maker, a ceramic designer and manufacturer. Jonathan’s writings and work have been published in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics Technical, and Studio Potter. Additionally, Jonathan serves on the board of Studio Potter, owns and curates Plinth Gallery and seems to constantly reinvent his work and self.

About Donna Causland

Donna Causland is a ceramic artist living in Silverthorne, Colorado. Residing at 9000 feet above sea level, she is surrounded by the beauty and wildflowers that inspire her work. Donna graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1977 with a BFA in Ceramics, and since then, she has lived in Seattle, Washington, Dunedin, Florida and Silverthorne, Colorado cultivating her ceramic knowledge from workshops and other clay artists.

Donna served as a Resident Artist for the New Harmony Clay Project in New Harmony, Indiana in 2022 and previously completed a residency with The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. She exhibits her work annually at the Vail Farmer’s Market & Art Show and the Minturn Saturday Market every weekend from mid-June to October. To see more of Donna’s work, visit her website at

Cancellation Policy

Registrants may cancel their enrollment no later than July 15, 2024 and receive a full refund, minus a $50 admin fee. Cancellations made after this date will result in the forfeiture of the registration fee. This policy is necessary due to the limited seating and high demand for this workshop. It ensures that we can offer available spots to waitlisted registrants and manage resources effectively to provide all participants with a quality experience. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.