Carol Gouthro Workshop

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Carol Gouthro Workshop


Exuberant Clay: Exploring Form and Surface with Carol Gouthro: Create exuberant, unique and voluptuous handbuilt forms in clay

19 May 2023 - 28 May 2023

Price: 1937 €


  • Weekday lunch
  • Materials
  • Firing

Opportunity: If you would like to stay longer and work in the studio? Price: 125 € per week

Carol Gouthro

In this 10 day week workshop Carol Gouthro will demonstrate her signature Segment Mold Process. Learning Carol's innovative mold making technique will allow you to incorporate pleated, undulating and expressive forms into your ceramic vessels and sculptures, like those we marvel at in Carol's masterworks. We will also work with wooden drop molds. Carol will demonstrate how to combine, cut and re-assemble shapes to arrive at many differing expressions of form.

We will follow Carol’s rich, multi-layered approach to surface from wet clay, bone dry to bisque. Techniques for creating depth and texture will be explored, including the use of textured skins to wrap forms and clay sprig molds to embellish. Focus on color and pattern will be given through numerous demonstrations using slips, underglazes, stains, wax, shellac and paper patterns. Carol will share the many processes that she has developed in over 40 years of working with clay.

Workshop Outline

  1. First we will create plaster segment molds. This process involves drawing simple shapes on paper, cutting paper templates, sculpting solid clay into wooden forms and covering the forms with plaster to create our segment mold.
  2. From this segment press mold we will build numerous forms and variations quickly by connecting, altering, piercing, stacking and re-combining the component parts. Wooden drop molds. Carol will bring wooden drop molds for participants to use. We will drop and assemble multiple shapes to create more unique organic forms. These can be used by themselves or combined with your press molded pieces to create volumetric forms.
  3. Next carol will show how to create unique clay texture skins for covering your forms with texture, adding another degree of depth to the work.
  4. Finally we explore many surface design techniques to create richness and depth in the work. These will include:
    • layering colors and patterns with underglazes
    • transferring drawings
    • carving and inlay
    • wax and shellac resist
    • accentuating surface texture with stains
    • using slips to transfer pattern and texture
    Most of these techniques will be used on the leather hard and bone dry stages of clay.
  5. Work will be bisqued. Carol fires her pieces multiple times and discussions about glazes and options for finishing our work will be explored. Glaze firing if time permits. There will be an opportunity to ship your work home if desired.