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Sandi Pierantozzi Workshop

From Flat to Form to Function - 2009

Sandi Pierantozzi will teach this two day, hands-on workshop on handbuilding functional pottery. Participants will learn techniques and concepts necessary for building pots that have good form, function well, and have a sensitivity to the human touch and other senses.

Sandi will show how to apply texture to soft slabs using found objects, cut out inlaid shapes, clay stamps and bisque molds of textured surfaces which the clay is rolled on, producing a full slab of texture. Participants will also gain experience in making various forms starting with a basic cylinder of clay, then altering by cutting darts or pinching, and pushing out the clay to round out the form. Sandi will teach alternate ways of treating the bottom of a pot with regard to adding feet or foot rings, as well as various types of handles made from slabs and coils.

Good craftsmanship is of utmost importance, so there will be much attention paid to detail and finishing touches. Sandi's goal is to make pots that bring creative life into the daily rituals of eating and drinking, creating a human connection between maker and user. We'll spend a weekend together learning to create form and texture that engage the viewer and draw them into a relationship with both you and your work.

Class size 18.

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Artist talk w/slides
May 1, 2009, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Two day Workshop
Hands on
May 2-3, 2009
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sandi Pierantozzi Bio

Sandi Pierantozzi is a studio potter in Philadelphia, PA. She began making pots in 1984 at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, where she first became an Associate, and then a Resident Artist. In 1993 she was chosen as an Emerging Talent presenter at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and was a Featured Demonstrator at that conference in 2001. She has presented at numerous conferences around the country. She has also received a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her awards include the Hammill & Gillespie Purchase Award in the Ceramics Monthly International Ceramics Competition in 1999, the PeopleĻs Choice Award in the Strictly Functional Pottery Show in 1998, and she was the Fleisher Challenge winner in 1996.

Her work is in the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, The Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred, Roger D. Corsaw Collection of Functional American Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, The Permanent Collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas, The Permanent Collection of Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, and in many private collections throughout the country.

Sandi has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and teaches workshops nationwide. Her work has been included in over a dozen books on Pottery. She and her husband, Neil Patterson, also a potter, share a studio, "Neighborhood Potters," in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. They are founders of the Fairmount Arts Council, and organize community events, classes and workshops in their neighborhood.

Sandi Pierantozzi Artist Statement & Process

My decision to focus on making pots comes from a deep appreciation of food, celebration, and setting a beautiful table. I also feel that pots help me connect with people on a very basic human level. In this "age of communication," where most communicating is done via high-tech equipment and machines, and so much food is being eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam I feel I can communicate through my pots by bringing some creative life into the daily rituals of eating and drinking. I truly believe that a hand made pot contains the soul and energy of the person who made it, and that with use, a real human connection is made. I feel that these real connections between people are essential to keeping alive the soul in all of us.

Most of my pots are handbuilt from slabs that I make with a rolling pin. After rolling a slab, I either texture the clay as a flat surface and then make a cylinder, or carve into the clay after the form is made. I pinch or cut darts or sections of clay out to create various forms. With this method of working, I can make pots that reveal the soft qualities of clay through the impression of texture or carving, while at the same time show control of the clay through the nature of the forms.

Sandi Pierantozzi Resume

Art Institute Of Philadelphia / 1973-1975
Majors: Graphic Design & Three-Dimensional Design
Degree: Associate in Specialized Visual Communications
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts / 1975-1977
Majors: Painting & Drawing / Non-Degree Program
The Clay Studio / 1984-1989 / Courses in various clay techniques
Summer Workshops:
Anderson Ranch Arts Center / 1987 & 1989
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts / 1986
Penland School of Crafts / 1985
Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy / Summer Resident Artist / 1981
Work Experience:
Maintains Private Studio in Philadelphia, PA
Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio / Sept., 1990 to Sept.,1995
Self-employed Graphic Designer / 1980 to 1991
Clay Studio Associate Artist / 1985-1990
Professional Experience:
Founder and Vice President of Fairmount Arts Council, 2004 to present
The Clay Studio Board of Directors / 1991 through 1993
President of the Resident Artists / The Clay Studio / 1991 through 1993
Honors & Awards:
Received a 2001 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Hammill & Gillespie Purchase Award / Ceramics Monthly International Competition, 3/99
People's Choice Award / Strictly Functional Pottery National / Lancaster, PA / May, 1998
"Fleisher Challenge" Winner / Solo Show / Phila., PA / Sept. 1996
"Emerging Talent" / National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts(NCECA)1993
Best of Show / Cheltenham Art Center Annual Craft Show / Cheltenham, PA 1990
Books, Publications:
500 Plates & Chargers / Lark Books / 2008
500 Pitchers / Lark Books / 2006 Studio Potter / Feature Article / Decemer, 2006
Electric Kiln Ceramics / Richard Zakin / Krause, 2005
500 Cups / Lark Books / 2004
Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface / Robin Hopper / Krause,2004
American Contemporary Ceramics / Chung Dong-Hung / published in Korea / 2003
The Art of Contemporary American Pottery / Krause Publications, 2001
Handbuilt Tableware / Lark Books, 2001
The Studio Potter / Pennsylvania Passages I / June, 2000
Functional Pottery / Robin Hopper / Krause Publications, 2000
Ceramics: Ways of Creation / Richard Zakin / Krause Publications, 1999
The Best of Pottery 2 / Rockport Publishing, 1998
The Ceramic Design Book / Lark Books, 1998
Handbuilt Ceramics / Kathy Triplett / Lark Books, 1997
Hand-Formed Ceramics / Richard Zakin / Chilton Book Company, 1995
Clay Times / Feature Article / Nov/Dec, 1997
Ceramics Monthly, Feature Articles / Feb., 1993 & Feb., 1997/ CM, Dec. 1994
NCECA Journal 1993-94 / Emerging Talent Feature Article
American Museum of Ceramic Art / Pomona, CA
The Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred / Roger D. Corsaw Collection of Functional American Ceramics / Alfred University / Alfred, NY
The Permanent Collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts / San Angelo, Texas
The Permanent Collection of Jacksonville State University / Alabama
Selected Teaching Experience:
Ongoing: Teaching Workshops Nationwide
Northern Illinois University / Guest Artist / September, 2007
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts / 3-Day Workshop / Ashville, NC, April, 2007
Southern Arizona Clay Artists Guild / Workshop Series / Tucson, AZ, March, 2007 Clay Connections Conference / Demonstrator / Front Royal, VA, October, 2006 Arkansas Art Center/Art Museum / Workshop / Little Rock, January, 2006
Pocosin Arts Cabin Fever Reliever / Workshop / Columbia, NC, February, 2005
City of Orlando Community & Youth Services / Workshop / Orlando, FL, Febrary, 2006
Ceramic League of Miami / Workshop and Juror of show / Miami, FL, 2004
Alabama Clay Conference / Demonstrator/ March, 2002
Featured Artist Demonstrator / NCECA Conference/ Charlotte, NC, March, 2001
Greenwich House Pottery/ New York, NY/ week long Workshop / July, 2001
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts / Gatlinburg, TN /1 week, 2004 / 2 week, 2000
Penland School of Crafts /Penland, NC / 2 Month Concentration / Spring, 2000
Anderson Ranch Arts Center / Snowmass Village, CO / 2 weeks / Aug.,1999 & June, 2007
Craft Students League / New York, NY / Weekend Workshop / August, 1998
Craft Summer / Miami University, Oxford, OH / 1 Week workshop / July, 1998
Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester, MA / Weekend Workshop / June, 1998
Westchester Art Workshop/ Westchester, NY / One day workshop/ May, 1998
Peter's Valley Craft Center / Layton, NJ / Nine Day Workshop w/Neil Patterson / Aug. 1997
Manassas Clay / Manassas, VA / 2 Day Class w/Neil Patterson, / May, '97, Aug.'98 / Oct.'04
Touchstone Center For Crafts / Uniontown, PA / One Week Workshop / Aug. 1996
"Functional Ceramics" Conference / Wooster, Ohio / Three Day Workshop / April, 1996
"Handbuilt Cup" Workshops / Perkins Center For the Arts, Moorestown, NJ / Feb., 1996
"Surfaces" Workshop / Old Church Cultural Center / 3Day Class / Demarest, NJ / June,'95
"Form & Texture" Workshop / Whitemarsh Art Center / Four Weeks / May, 1995
Handbuilt Teapot Workshop / Whitemarsh Art Center / March 1995
One Week Handbuilding Workshop / LBI Foundation Long Beach Island, NJ / July'94
Visiting Artist Workshop / Chester Springs Studio / Feb.,1994 / Chester Springs, PA
Featured Artist Demonstrator / Philadelphia Museum of Art / Nov. 1991 & Oct. 1994
Idyllwild School of Music & the Arts / Handbuilding Workshop Idyllwild, CA / March, 1993
The Clay Studio / Ceramics Instructor / Adult Evening Classes / 1990-1995
The Clay Studio / Summer Program / Upward Bound / 1990 / Teaching inner city, high school students
Anderson Ranch Arts Center / June - August, 1992 / Teaching Assistant / studio technician
Featured Artist Demonstrator / American Pie Craft Gallery, Phila., PA / Nov. 1992
Moore College Of Art / Ceramics Instructor / January - April / 1992
Moore College of Art / Young Artists Workshop / teaching high school students
Raku Demonstrations / Oct. 1989 / Chester Springs Art Center, PA
Art Institute Of Philadelphia / Design Instructor / 1982 - 1987
Selected Exhibitions:
The Body in Pots / Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO / August, 2008
Made In Clay / Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, NY/ May 2008
Table of Elements / Manchester Guild of Craftsmen, NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA 2008
La Mesa / Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA/ March 2008
Cups Coming Together / Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, 2007
Yunomi Shows / Akar Gallery / Iowa City, Iowa, March, 2008 & 2007
Inspired Utility / Main Line Art Center / Wayne, PA, May, 2006 Watershed Anniversary Show / Edgecomb, ME / March, 2006
Contemporary Functional Ceramics / Wayne Museum of Art / Ft. Wayne, IN, Aug. 2005
Clay Studio 30th Anniversary Exhibition / The Clay Studio, Phila., PA / April, 2005
Clay Times / 10th Anniversary Exhibition / NCECA / Baltimore, MD / March, 2005
Mid-Atlantic Potters / Whitehall Gallery / Annapolis, MD / March, 2005
Culturing Surfaces / Homewood House Museum / Baltimore, MD / March, 2005
Poetry of Pottery / Maryland Federation of Art City Gallery / Baltimore, MD / March, 2005
Dynamic Duos / Vessel Gallery / Huntington Valley, PA / February, 2005
Surfaces / AKAR / Iowa City, Iowa / November, 2003
Pottery Invitational / Worcester Center for Crafts / Invited by Karen Karnes / May, 2003
DelecTABLE Ceramics / Brookfield Art Center / Connecticut / July, 2003
Woman in Clay / Odyssey Gallery / August, 2003
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Shows / Philadelphia, PA / 2003, 2001,1999,1996,1994
Washington Craft Show / Washington, DC / November, 2002
Invitational Pottery Show / Invited by Karen Karnes / Old Church Cultural Center / Demarest, NJ / Dec.'94,'95,'96,'98,'99, 2000, 2001
Functional Ceramics / The Society of Arts and Crafts / Boston, MA / May-June, 1998
Global Ceramics, "Naked Clay" / Gallery Babel / Amsterdam, The Netherlands / April, 1998
Two Person Show / Cedar Valley Ceramics Gallery / Dallas, TX / April 1998
Anderson Ranch Artists Group Show / Evelyn Seigal Gallery/ Ft. Worth, TX / March, 1998
Crafts at the Castle / Boston, MA / December, 1997
Smithsonian Craft Show / Washington, DC / April, 1997, April, 1999
Solo Show, Fleisher Challenge / Fleisher Art Memorial / Philadelphia PA / September, 1996
Two Person Show / Lill Street: Gallery 1021 / Chicago, IL / June, July, 1996
Functional Ceramics Show / Wooster, OH / April, 1996 / April, 2005
Solo Exhibition /"User Friendly"/ Harrison Gallery / Clay Studio / Phila., PA Nov. 1995
The Last Pitcher Show, '95 / Lill Street Gallery / Chicago, IL / August-Sept. 1995
FUNctional Exhibition /Society for Contemporary Crafts / Pittsburgh, PA / 1994
Clay Directions '94 / The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center / Athens, OH / May -Sept., 1994
"Vessels" / Artworks Gallery / Seattle, WA / Sept.-Oct., 1993
"Tea Party" / Contemporary Ceramic Teapots / Ferron Gallery / Northampton, MA / Oct., 1993
Summer Teapot Show / Nancy Margolis Gallery / Portland, Maine / July - August, 1993
Strictly Functional Pottery National / 6 years / Market House Craft, Lancaster, PA
American Craft Museum / Tea Party Exhibition / New York, NY / April, 1993
Resident Artists Exhibition / The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA / May, 1993, April, 1994
Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition / San Angelo, TX / April - May, 1993
New Ceramics / Creative Arts Workshop / New Haven, CT / April - May, 1993
1993 NCECA International Invitational Ashtray Exhibition / San Diego, CA / March, 1993
Pattern: New Form/New Function / Arrowmont School / Gatlinburg, TN / Feb.-May, 1993
The National Invitational Cup Show / Artworks Gallery, Seattle, WA / Dec.1992, 1993,1994
Solo Exhibition / "Hand To Earth" / The Clay Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA / Nov. 1992