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Pottery Workshops

Pottery workshops at MudFire bring nationally and internationally known pottery and clay artists to Atlanta for inspirational and educational artists workshops in our sunlit loft studio. Our focus is to bring you superb instruction and inspiration at a reasonable cost.

Visit friends and family, explore Atlanta/Decatur's dining and shopping, catch a play at a local theatre, and spend a few days with other clay enthusiasts!

We generally try to arrange for our visiting artists to present a free slideshow and talk the evening before the workshop begins. These events are free and open to the public, presented as a service to the community. Check each workshop page for slideshow info.

Workshop registration is available by credit card on this site, or by phone at 404-377-8033. To purchase tickets by check please call to reserve first. Please refer to our workshop policies page for information on cancellation, hours, transfers and payment. Please see our lodging and travel page here.

Most of our workshops sell out, please purchase your tickets early if you are interested. Please call if you would like to take advantage of our pay-as-you-go plan for making multiple reservations.

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Upcoming Workshops

Chandra DeBuse leads this hands-on exploration from soft to surfaces covering a variety of surface technique and introducting playfullness into your ceramic works. Three day workshop May 16-18, 2014. Class Fee $325. Class size 16.
Jason Bige Burnett leads this hands-on workshop focusing on screen printing, slips, image transfer, and layering. This class is suitable for wheel or handbuilt work. Three day worksho July 11-13, 2014. Class fee $325 - class size 16.
Kirsten Stingle leads this hands-on workshop exploring a small scale figure. She will teach tips on human anatomy and using expression to create narrative. Three day workshop - August 22-24. Class size 16. Class fee $325.
Kathy King leads this hands-on workshop focusing on stacked forms - wheel-thrown and handbuilt and will lead a discussion on storytelling and sgraffito. Three day workshop September 26-28, 2014. $325 Class Fee - class size 16.
Katharine Morling leads this hands-on intensive workshop on slab building with porcelain - she works from sketches and the focus will pulling that personal inspiration into your work. This class fee is $375 - class size 16. Three day worksho November 7-9, 2014.

Past Workshops

Michael Kline leads this workshop teaching throwing techniques for achieving scale, brushwork exercises and other decorating tips, and how to use the internet to tell your story and sell your work. Hands-on, 3 days. 3 days. October 25-27, 2013. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Martha Grover will teach construction of her signature forms while exploring the idiosyncracies of porcelain on and off the wheel. Hands-on, 3 days. June 21-23, 2013. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Charlie Cummings leads this workshop focusing on using Photoshop, screen printing, decals, and more to transfer digital imagery onto clay. Hands-on. 3 days. May 3-5, 2013. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Erin Furimsky teaches this class surveying a wide variety of surface decoration techniques suitable for pottery or sculpture. Hands-on, 3 days. February 8-10, 2013. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Deborah Schwartzkopf will guide participants in throwing and altering non-round pots that are equally functional and expressive in form. Hands-on, 3 days. November 2-4, 2012. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Paul Andrew Wandless teaches this workshop on using image transfer and printmaking techniques on ceramic artwork, combined with raku firing for meaningful, rich surfaces. Hands-on, 3 days. August 2-4, 2012. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Jenny Mendes workshop at MudFire Clayworks
Jenny Mendes leads an imaginative trek through color, imagery and terra sigillata on ceramic surfaces. Hands-on, 3 days. June 8-10, 2012. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Forrest Lesch Middelton workshop at MudFire Clayworks
Forrest Lesch Middelton teaches his technique for creating and transferring silk screened images onto wheel thrown and handbuilt pottery. Hands-on, 3 days. May 4-6, 2012. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Molly Hatch teaches new ways to approach surface and form. Participants will learn a wide variety of surface decoration techniques. Handbuilding and surface, hands-on, 3 days. February 24-26, 2012. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Debra Fritts leads a class on small scale, full figure construction, working from photographs of seated, kneeling, and crouching figures. A strong focus on creating narrative with symbols, metaphors, and found objects. Hands-on, 3 days. November 4-6, 2011. $295 fee. Class size 18.
Charlie & Linda Riggs will guide through a weekend filled with smoke, fuming, and firing. Participants will learn a variety of alternative firing processes including 2 types of naked raku. Firing your work & demonstrations, 3 days. October 28-30, 2011. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Diana Fayt will teach composition and drawing on three dimensional surfaces including transferring imagery without sophisticated drawing skills, and achieving clean crisp lines. Hands-on, 3 days. September 23-25, 2011. $295 fee. Class size 18.
Kevin will share a variety of greenware decorating techniques he uses to produce intricate, layered surfaces. Participants may throw or handbuild their pieces to decorate. Hands-on, 3 days. August 5-7, 2011. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Ronan leads this journey into slipping, carving, and resist techniques for adding intense surface to unique forms. Participants may throw or handbuild objects to decorate. Hands-on, 3 days. July 29-31, 2011. $325 fee. Class size 16.
Rimas will show how to produce original silk-screen decals using a low-tech approach that uses no sophisticated apparatus, allowing participants to easily do the techniques back home. This workshop took place June 10-12, 2011.
Kristen Kieffer leads this workshop on embellishing forms with an array of decorating techniques including stamping, slip trailing, sponging & resists. Participants will make their own bisque stamps, and may throw or hand build their pieces to decorate. This workshop took place April 29 - May 1, 2011.
A three day hands-on class with Liz teaching soft slab construction of elegant pots from paper templates, and the use of terra sigillata and underglaze decoration on bone-dry ware. This workshop took place March 18-20, 2011.
Wally journeys from Belgium for a two-day hands-on decorating and raku firing workshop using slip-and-glaze resist to create effects ranging from bold lightning patterns to subtle speckling. Firing, 2 days. This workshop took place October 23-24, 2010.
In this three-day hands-on workshop, Akira Satake will teach participants to enhance the surface of handbuilt functional forms using his Kohiki slip decorating techniques. Hands-on, 3 days. This workshop took place September 24-26, 2010.
Diana Fayt will teach composition and drawing on three dimensional surfaces including transferring imagery without sophisticated drawing skills, and achieving clean crisp lines. Hands-on, 3 days. This workshop took place August 6-8, 2010.
Diana Fayt will teach composition and drawing on three dimensional surfaces including transferring imagery without sophisticated drawing skills, and achieving clean crisp lines. Hands-on, 3 days. This workshop took place July 30 - August 1, 2010.
Tip Toland leads this class on the power of expression, covering facial feature basics, underlying musculature, volume of expression, and nuance. Participants will make multiple heads. Hands-on, 3 days. This workshop took place June 25-27, 2010.
Charlie & Linda Riggs will guide thru a weekend filled with smoke, fumes, and fire. Participants will learn a variety of alternative firing processes including 2 types of naked raku. Firing & demonstrations, 3 days. This workshop took place April 30 - May 2, 2010.
Debra Fritts leads a class on constructing the human head, focusing on technical skills, proportions, and a strong focus on creating narrative with symbols, metaphors, and found objects. Hands-on, 3 days. This workshop took place Mar 19-21, 2010.
Ryan McKerley will teach his fresh and fantastic water carving technique for building texture and imagery. We'll make & use handbuilt forms but this works great on thrown pots and sculpture too. Hands-on, 3 days. This workshop took place February 19-21, 2010.
This three day, hands-on sculpting workshop focuses on creating believable hands and faces. Arthur will teach his inside-out method for building figurative sculpture. This workshop took place November 6-8, 2009.
This three day, hands-on class will address many techniques for transferring imagery on clay. Paul will teach screen printing, mono printing, embossing, relief, stencils, and more. This workshop took place October 16-18, 2009.
Janis Mars Wunderlich teaches participants to mine their life experiences to create richly detailed imaginative figures in clay. Three day, hands on figure sculpture workshop. This workshop took place August 13-15, 2009.
In this three-day hands-on workshop, Nancy will teach a unique method for handbuilding vessels from foam armatures, then completing the surface with layers of text, image, and color. This workshop took place July 31 - August 2, 2009.
In this three-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn to create a library of parts from mold-making, slip casting, handbuilding, and throwing. These will be assembled into playful compositions, both sculptural and functional. This workshop took place July 24-26, 2009.
In this three-day discussion workshop, participants will learn about ceramic materials, formulating glazes, and firing practices. Participants will also bring bisque to glaze and fire in our reduction kiln. This workshop took place June 12-14, 2009.
Lisa Clague will teach participants to incorporate metal elements into figurative sculpture in order to overcome structural challenges and realize greater creative freedom. Three day hands-on sculpture class. This workshop took place June 5-7, 2009.
Sandi Pierantozzi guides participants in a two-day, hands-on workshops for handbuilding functional pottery with a focus on crafting form and building texture that compel the viewer/user to connect. This workshop took place May 2-3, 2009.
Rick Berman leads a two day hands-on workshop for raku glazing and firing with an emphasis on specific techniques for getting the best results from each raku glaze. This workshop took place March 28-29, 2009.
In this three-day hands-on workshop, Akira Satake will teach participants to enhance the surface of handbuilt functional forms using his Kohiki slip decorating techniques. Hands-on, 3 days. This workshop took place February 27 - March 1, 2009.
Lisa Clague will teach participants to incorporate metal elements into figurative sculpture in order to overcome structural challenges and realize greater creative freedom. Three day hands-on sculpture class. This workshop took place November 7-9, 2008.
This three day, hands-on class will address many techniques for transfering imagery on clay. Paul will teach screen printing, mono printing, embossing, relief, stencils, and more. This workshop took place October 17-18-19, 2008.
Participants will work with porcelain slabs to create visually-integrated handbuilt tableware in this two-day hands-on workshop. Annette will also demonstrate her surface/finishing techniques including methods for activating surface and embedding gemstones. This workshop took place October 4-5, 2008.
Adrian Arleo presents a chock-full agenda of tips and techniques for sculpting the figure, with a focus on overcoming the technical challenges of working large and creating a compelling surface. Demonstration, 2 days. This workshop took place August 16-17, 2008.
A three day hands-on class with Liz teaching soft slab construction of elegant pots from paper templates, and the use of terra sigillata and underglaze decoration on bone-dry ware. This workshop took place August 1-2-3, 2008.
Paul leads a three day hands-on workshop with multiple firings where participants learn to apply water-based china paints to glazed pottery and tiles in layers using brushes, stamping, screening, stencils, etdc. This workshop took place July 25-26-27, 2008.
Cynthia's three day hands-on sculpture workshop will examine the figure as vehicle for telling stories with personal meaning. This workshop took place June 6-7-8, 2008.
On the first day, Richard take participants through unique hands-on working experiences, challenging each to explore clay in unusual ways. Richard will demonstrate on days two and three a wide range of sculptural techniques including carving, texture, detailing, incorporting non-ceramic elements, mold making, slip casting, and more. This workshop took place May 16-17-18, 2008.
Steven leads us on a start-to-finish tour of the making, decoration and firing of his style of work. Demonstration on day one, and participants glaze and fire their own bisque on day two. This workshop took place May 3-4, 2008.
Jeff will share his methods while reflecting on 40 years as a studio potter, beginning with his training with Warren McKenzie and Bernard Leach in the late '60s. Asian, German, and Art Deco influences inform his strikingly detailed functional pottery. This workshop took place April 12-13, 2008.
Kari will help participants create molds, pots, and original forms from which to make molds. The class will address the benefits of bisque molds and many different ways to use them to make pots. This workshop took place March 8-9, 2008.
Leah leads a two-day demonstration of thrown, altered, and assembled pottery making with a focus on bringing the the expressiveness of sculpture to functional forms. This workshop took place February 16-17, 2008.
Lisa Clague will teach participants to incorporate metal elements into figurative sculpture in order to overcome structural challenges and realize greater creative freedom. Three day hands-on sculpture class. This workshop took place November 9-11, 2007.
In this three-day, hands-on workshop, participants will glaze and fire their bisque with many glazes available including shino, tenmoku, celadon, and copper reds. John will lead a discussion of ceramic materials and firing practices with a focus on reduction kilns. This workshop took place October 6-7-8, 2007.
Participants will work with porcelain slabs to create visually-integrated handbuilt tableware in this two-day hands-on workshop. Annette will also demonstrate her surface/finishing techniques including methods for activating surface and embedding gemstones. This workshop took place August 25-26, 2007.
Two-day demonstration starring three instructors will survey different materials and technologies for transferring images to clay to enhance well-crafted objects with imagery and narrative. This workshop took place August 4-5, 2007.
This three-day, hands-on sculpture workshop will cover a broad range of techniques for expressing personal vision, with particular attention to "clay sketches" and difficult subjects such as hands and feet. This workshop took place July 6-7-8, 2007.
Judith's two-day demonstration of thrown and altered forms will address considerations such as line quality, imagery, texture, and composition. This workshop took place June 23-24, 2007.
Cristina leads a three-day, hands-on sculpture workshop focusing on the technical skills required for creating sculpture with intuitive depth within the figure narrative. This workshop took place July 8-10, 2007.
Two amazing potters sit down at the wheel together for two days of making pottery. Participants will enjoy an extremely rare public dialogue...with Rick and Ron reflecting on a multi-faceted relationship that spans 35 years, and TONS of clay. This workshop took place May 5-6, 2007.
Wally journeys from Belgium for a two-day hands-on decorating and raku firing workshop using slip-and-glaze resist to create effects ranging from bold lightning patterns to subtle speckling. Firing, 2 days. This workshop took place April 28-29, 2007.
Lisa leads a two-day demonstration of handbuilt pottery forming with molds, sprigs, slip trailing, and using a variety of finishing techniques to achieve incredible surface depth and complexity. This workshop took place March 24-25, 2007.
Liz Quackenbush will teach techniques for the ornamentation and creation of handbuilt vessels, with an emphasis on developing an abstract visual language based on metaphor and symbolism. Participants will bring a small amount of bisque ware to decorate and fire. Three day hands-on workshop. This workshop took place November 3-5, 2006.
Lisa Clague will teach participants to incorporate metal elements into figurative sculpture in order to overcome structural challenges and realize greater creative freedom. Three day hands-on sculpture class. This workshop took place October 7-9, 2006.
Silvie Granatelli will demonstrate the creation of thoughtful tableware from porcelain, with an emphasis on the presentation and mood of the finished piece. She will be throwing and altering forms, then decorating them with a variety of techniques. Two day demonstration This workshop took place August 19-20, 2006.
Debra Fritts will teach us the art of story telling through narrative figure sculpture, with emphasis on surface treatment and the use of symbol and metaphor. Three day hands on sculpture class. This workshop took place June 2-4, 2006.
Ron Roy will review the Seger unity formula, demonstrate the use of INSIGHT and GlazeMaster software programs for understanding and adjusting glaze recipes, and answer audience questions about adjusting, fixing, and reformulating glazes. Two day discussion and demo. This workshop took place May 20-21, 2006.
Mark Shapiro will address the challenges of designing and harmonizing teapot parts that work together visually and mechanically, and will also address cups, creamers, sugars, and more. Two day demonstration. Held in conjunction with The Atlanta Teapot Festival. This workshop took place April 22-23, 2006.
Andy Nasisse reveals the forming and glazing methods he has developed over the past twenty years creating his uniquely styled figurative works. Two day demonstration. Demonstration, 2 days. This workshop took place March 25-26, 2006.
Tony Clennell is an entertainer, a philosopher, one helluva potter, and never shy with his opinion. Rest up for this one…Tony will school us on the fine points of making great pots including throwing techniques, surface embellishments, and the little details that make all the difference. Two days demonstration and entertainment. This workshop took place February 24-25, 2006.
Review of work and influences, demonstration of coil-pinch-paddle method for large-scale figure sculpture, and participants created small sculptures using Joy's techniques. Held in conjunction with an exhibition of Joy's work. This workshop took place October 9, 2005.
Throwing, altering, and assembling cylendars to create vessels with distinct figurative references. Held in conjunction with Jen's solo show at MudFire Gallery This workshop took place September 17-18, 2005.
Gwen Fryar teaches us the history of Majolica pottery painting and brushwork and resist techniques in a hands on workshop Hands-on, 1 day. This workshop took place August 21, 2005.
Join Mark Issenberg at MudFire for a hands-on introduction to ash glazing. We'll be spraying pots, grilling snacks, and learning about ash glazes all day. Participants will learn how to prepare and mix wood ash into a glaze, see examples of how the glazes are used, and then spray two pieces with Mark's glazes for firing that night. This workshop took place August 6, 2005.
Renown clay artist and author of handbuilding books, Kathy demonstrated handbuilding and surface techniques for sculptural wall tiles and sconces. Held in conjunction with Kathy's solo exhibit at MudFire Gallery This workshop took place July 23-24, 2005.
Traditional throwing techniques including centering (over 50 lbs), off-the-hump throwing, and surface decoration. Traditional Yixing teapot handbuilding also covered. This workshop took place August 2, 2005.
Brian Gartside leads weekend of hands-on glaze experiments for cone 6 and raku firings. Texture, colors and application methodology are covered in intimate setting with this New Zealand glaze master. Hands on, 2 days. This workshop took place June 11-12, 2005.
Gay Smith demonstrates her signature techniques for altering freshly thrown pots. Demonstration, 2 days. This workshop took place May 14-15, 2005.
Tom Kerrigan will give numerous demonstrations, including his approaches to double-wall constructions and building forms upside-down.The conceptual emphasis of the workshop will be to create objects that resonate both personally and spiritually...objects that express inner consciousness and have a personal spiritual resonance. This workshop took place March 12-13, 2005.
A weekend of storytelling, wheel demonstrations, and discussion with Mel Jacobson This workshop took place February 26-27, 2005.
Kathy taught us to bring alive the surface of our work with a wide-ranging demonstration including sgraffito, stenciling, slips, underglaze, china paint, image transfer and glazing techniques. Attendees learned to personalize their work and make it more meaningful using visual imagery and personal narrative This workshop took place October 9-10, 2004.
A fun-filled demonstration workshop with Mark Peters where we learned to give our wheel-thrown pots spontaneous and organic character. This workshop took place August 7-8, 2004.
Rick Berman leads a full day workshop demonstrating throwing and construction techniques for his distinctive style of teapot. This workshop took place May 22, 2004.
Rick Berman leads a four-hour workshop demonstrating throwing and construction techniques for his distinctive style of teapot. This workshop took place January 25, 2003.