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Forrest Lesch Middelton Workshop

Volumetric Image Transfer - May 4-6, 2012

Forrest Lesch-Middelton heads this three day, hands-on exploration of his process for integrating wheel-throwing and image transfer techniques to create unique decorative functional wares. Participants will experience a new way of combining form and surface while exploring the techniques Forrest has developed.

Participants will learn about editing images for silk-screens and developing silk-screens for image transfer. Forrest will also explain the pitfalls that can be avoided during this way of working.

Participants will work first with tiles then advancing to wheel-thrown forms. Forrest will walk the group step-by-step through his process while encouraging personal creative exploration. The class will emerge from this workshop with an entirely new way of looking at pots as they relate to form and surface design.

Class size 16. Previous wheel-throwing experience required.

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Three day Workshop
May 4-6, 2012
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Forrest Lesch Middelton Bio

Forrest Lesch-Middelton is a studio potter and educator currently living and working in Petaluma, California. In 2006 Forrest received his MFA from Utah State University, where he studied functional ceramics with John Neely and J. Daniel Murphy. In 1998 he received a BFA from Alfred University in New York followed by residencies at both Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine and the Mendocino Arts Center in California. Forrest is currently the Ceramics Program Director of the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma, California and teaches ceramics at a number of colleges in Northern California. Inspired by a life-long fascination with the ceramic process Forrest develops fresh ways to integrate historic themes, and references to current global trends in his work.

Forrest Lesch Middelton Artist Statement

Bridging technology and form is an essential element in my work; however, it is important that neither overwhelm its final outcome. While I make pots that are complex in their creation, my hope is to illustrate the intrinsic beauty found in the everyday ceramic object. I draw inspiration from the history of Middle Eastern ceramics, and textiles, particularly the Baluchi War Rugs of Afghanistan, and the influence that Chinese porcelain had on Turkish ceramics beginning around 1200 A.D. These artworks are a wonderful example of how even the subtlest influences from outside any given culture can effect the direction in which that culture proceeds. To capture this theme I employ silkscreen and embossment transfer techniques to add borrowed patterns to, and emphasize volume on utilitarian ceramic objects. By blending the previously mentioned principles of pattern, surface and form, my goal is to create works that simultaneously elicit a visceral and intellectual response, followed by a contemplation of my work as a whole.

Forrest Lesch Middelton Artist Resume

2003-2006 Master of Fine Arts, Utah State University; Logan, Utah,
1994-1998, Bachelor of fine Arts, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University; Alfred, New York
Professional Experience:
2011, Vice President, Board of Directors, Association of Clay and Glass Artists
2007-Present, Ceramics Program Coordinator, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma, California
2006, Guest Artist in Residence, University of California Berkeley
2003, Guest Artist, Orcas Island Pottery, Orcas Island Washington
2001-2003, Co-Founder and Director, Center for Ceramic Arts, and Sebastian Ward Gallery; Berkeley, California
2000-01, Guest Artist, Orcas Island Pottery; Orcas Island Washington
1999-01, Artist In Residence, Mendocino Arts Center; Mendocino California
1998-99,, Artist In Residence, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts; NewCastle, Maine
1999, Technical Consultant, Animal Tile Works; Rockland, Maine
1998, Kiln Technicians assistant, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University; Alfred New York
1996, Glass blowing assistant, Church and Maple Glass; Burlington, Vermont
Teaching Experience:
2008-Present, Adjunct Ceramics instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College; Santa Rosa, California
2011, Image Transfer on Pottery, Leslie Ceramics; Berkeley, California
2011, Artist Demonstration, American Craft Council San Francisco; San Francisco, CA
2011, Volumetric Image Transfer, Fourth and Clay Studio; Berkeley, California
2011, Volumetric Image Transfer, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma, California
2011, Visiting Artist Workshop, Syracuse University; Syracuse, New York
2011, Visiting Artist Workshop, Hartwick College; Oneonta, New York
2011, Transferring Images to Clay, Baltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, Maryland
2009-10, Adjunct Ceramics instructor, Solano College, Fairfield, California
2010, Image Transfer Demonstration, ACGA Palo Alto; Palo Alto, California
2010, Blending, form function and surface, week long workshop, Mendocino Arts Center
2009, Visiting artist Lecture and demonstration, California College of Arts and Crafts; Oakland, California
2009, Image transfer workshop, Northern Clay Center; Minneapolis, Minnesota
2008-2009, Adjunct Ceramics instructor, City College of San Francisco; San Francisco, California
2009, Visiting Artist, Mendocino College; Ukiah, California
2008, Sabbatical replacement (ceramics), Ceramics, Diablo Valley College; Pleasant hill, California
2007, Printing on Wheel Thrown Clay, Mendocino Art Center; Mendocino, California
2007, Advanced Ceramic Techniques, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma California
2006, Visiting artist Lecture and demonstration, California College of Arts and Crafts; Oakland, California
2006, Inventive Imagery Workshop, at Heath Ceramics; Sausalito CA
2003-2006, Graduate teaching assistant, Utah State University; Logan Utah
2004, Workshop assistant to J Daniel Murphy, Wood fired Ceramics, Utah State University; Logan, Utah
2003, Instructor Beginning and Advanced Ceramics, Diablo Valley College; Walnut Creek, California
1998-1999, Teacher and facilitator, Mud Mobile, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
1998-1999, Teacher for The Deck House School Project, Watershed Center For Ceramic Arts
1997, Instructor Pots That Pour, Princeton Arts Council; Princeton, New Jersey
1997, Ceramics Instructor, Princeton Arts Council; Princeton New Jersey
Selected Exhibitions:
2011, Recent Works by Forrest Lesch-Middelton (solo exhibtion), Gandee Gallery; Fabius, New York
2010, 50 Gravy Boats, Diablo Valley College; Walnut Creek, California
2010, Invitational cup and holiday show; Fourth and Clay Gallery; Berkeley, California
2010, Form and Function: Ceramic Artists of California, Reynolds Gallery; Santa Barbara, California
2010, Once upon a time, Trax Gallery; Berkeley, California
2010, Flora, Schaller Gallery; Montana
2010, Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa
2010, American Pottery Festival 2010 Preview, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2010, A frosty journey, an exhibition of past watershed winter session residents, Worcester center for crafts; Worcester Massachusetts
2009, 'tis a gift (19th annual Holiday exhibition), Northern Clay; Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009, Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, Maryland
2009, Holiday Exhibition and Sale, Gandee Gallery; Syracuse, New York
2009, American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009, Function and Fashion, Gallery 212, Sonoma, California
2009, La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Phoenix, Arizona
2008, 10x10 California Artists Invite Artists, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, California
2008, Utilitarian Clay V, Arrowmont school of arts and Crafts; Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2008, Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa
2008, La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2007, Four Score, Trax Gallery; Berkeley California
2007, The Pitcher Show, An Invitational Ceramics Exhibition; University of North Carolina, Pembroke, North Carolina
2007, Botanical, Santa Fe Clay; Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007, Featured Artist, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa
2007, Biennial Exhibition of functional Ceramics, Guilford Arts Center; Guilford, Connecticut
2007, Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts; Lincoln, California
2007, By The Ounce, Louisville Kentucky
2007, Contrast: Ceramic Explorations in Black and White, Atrium Gallery; Muncie, Indiana
2007, Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery; Iowa City, Iowa
2006, Layered Objectives, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Twain Tippetts gallery; Logan, Utah
2006, Ink and Clay 32, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University art Gallery, California State Polytechnic university, Pomona California
2006, In the spotlight, presidents art show, Museum of Art and History, Salt Lake City
2005, Wood fired ceramics, university of southern Idaho
2005, Graduate Student Exhibition, Utah State University
2004, Invited Artist, International Transpersonal Conference; Palm Springs, California
2004, Graduate Student Exhibition, Twain Tippetts Gallery; Logan, Utah
2004, Starbrick Clay National, Starbrick Clay; Nelsonville, Ohio
2003, Graduate Student Exhibition, Twain Tippetts Gallery; Logan, Utah
2003, Northern California Ceramics, NCECA, San Diego, California
2002, Old Friends: an exhibition of the work by John Arndt and Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Sebastian Ward Gallery; Berkley California
2001, Artist in Residence Exhibition, Mendocino Arts Center; Mendocino, California
2001, Artist invites Artists, Coastal Arts; Fort Bragg, California
2000, Steeped in Tradition: the Contemporary Teapot, Ariana Gallery; Royal Oak, MI.
2000, Teapots, Vermont Clay Studio; Woodbury, VT
1999, Watershed in New York, Barney Building, New York University
1998, Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, Robert Turner Gallery; Alfred, New York
1998, Emerging Artists of the United States, Vermont Clay Studio
1998, Light is Love, Rochester Institute of Technology; Rochester, NY
1997, Los Alfareros, Robert Turner Gallery
1997, Valley of the Insane, Light emitting Objects, University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin
2009, Museum Pieces, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, California
2007, Conversations in Clay, Sonoma Community Center; Sonoma, California
2003, Assistant Curator to Leslie Ferrin, Short Stories, Sebastian Ward Gallery
2002, Second annual Holiday exhibition at the Center for Ceramic Arts, Sebastian Ward Gallery
Expectations, recent works in porcelain by Jess Parker, Sebastian Ward Gallery
Garage science, Sculptural Ceramics by Sue Whitmore, Sebastian Ward Gallery
Dynamic Synthesis, Works by Christa Assad, Sebastian Ward Gallery
2000, Co-Curator, Gegnome Project; CCACA Conference, Davis California
1998, Curator, Native American Student and Alumni Exhibition, Alfred, New York
1997, Curator, Native American Student and Alumni Exhibition, Alfred, New York
2011, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, September issue; cover and feature article, "Beauty, from Contrasts"
2007, Sonoma Valley Sun, December 20th,
2007, The Column (Sonoma Community Center Magazine), Fall, 2007
2006, 500 pitchers, Lark press
1998, Ceramics Monthly, May 1998