Michael Kline Workshop
Working Fluidly - October 25-27, 2013
Michael Kline delivers this three day, hands-on workshop diving into the deep well of pottery history and sharing his 20 years of potting experience with demonstrations, discussions, and plenty of time for making. Michael is known for his fluid brushwork and strong traditional wood-fired forms. But which came first?
Participants will learn throwing techniques that will help you give scale and volume to your thrown shapes. The class will explore from tiny to XXL and everything in between. Michael will help us find our comfort zone and expand it in both directions as appropriate to the function of the piece.
Michael will also teach a variety of surface treatments including brushwork with wax resists and slips, thick slip combing, slip trailing, agate and swirlware, and rope impressing. Participants will use some of Michael's local North Carolina clay mix as well as commercial stoneware & porcelain bodies.
The class will also discuss narratives of being potters in the 21st century including using the internet to help share your story, and help market and sell. Tips and techniques not just for throwing but for social media and online sales platforms are important potter's tools that will be covered.
Class size 16. Basic throwing experience required.
October 25-27, 2013
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Michael Kline Process Statement
The clay, the making, the decorating, the glazing and the firing have all been integrated into my workflow by the uncountable moments of curiosity and delight. All the mistakes I have ever made bring me to where I am. The road ahead is familiar with the invisible well worn paths but promising with those roads yet to be traveled.
Michael Kline Bio
Michael has been a studio potter since 1993. He studied pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee and holds a BFA. He also studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. After teaching pottery the Westside YMCA in New York City he joined Mark Shapiro in Worthington, MA and built a studio and kiln at Stonepool Pottery. In 1993 Michael began his business and created wood fired-salt glazed tableware with a botanical theme in Massachusetts until 1998 when he was awarded a Resident Artist position at the Penland School of Crafts. While at Penland Michael worked on a body of larger scale stoneware pottery inspired by the traditional stoneware of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of North Carolina. At the end of his tenure as Resident Artist Michael designed a kiln to fire his new body of stoneware. The kiln is designed to fire exclusively with remainder/ waste wood from local lumber mills. The kiln also is large enough to fire his large-scale pottery as well his tableware and is fired five times a year. He digs his clay from the field below his studio and his pots feature hand painted botanical themes.
Michael has written articles for the Studio Potter magazine and writes regularly on his blog, "Sawdust & Dirt". His work has been published in numerous pottery books, including Robin Hopper's "Functional Pottery." He has led many workshops and given presentations of his work at universities and clay centers across the country, including the Penland School. Michael appeared in the 2007 film "Craft in America" which broadcast on PBS. He has been a board member at the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove since 2010.
Michael lives in Bakersville, North Carolina where he is a member of The Potters of the Roan, The Southern Highland Craft Guild, and The Toe River Arts Council. He is married to goldsmith Stacey Lane and they have two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian.