Workshop: Pushing the Surface of the Clay

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Lora Rust enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for clay with others. She offers a variety of workshop formats as either Demonstration or Hands On with lengths from one day to five days. Workshops are open to all levels of all clay workers including Throwers, Hand Builders and Sculptors. 

Working in porcelain, Lora will throw a variety of forms, altering, assembling and decorating the pieces using her signature technique and patterns on the clay surface using handmade tools.  She will explore ideas about design, pattern and composition, discussing the relationship of surface texture to the form.  She will demonstrate some glazing and finishing techniques to maximize surface texture. In all versions of the workshops, students will be able to try out the unique texturing technique on a small sample slab, using some of Lora’s tools. Although the base forms will be thrown on the wheel, hand-builders are welcome and can enjoy learning the texturing process.


Contact Lora for more information on Booking a Workshop, pricing, and references.

Other Available Classes

Lora also teaches Beginning and Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel classes at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. Class details, registration information and schedules can be found at Callanwolde.

Workshop Feedback

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“Lora gives an amazing workshop!!! You will learn a lot!!!” – Debbie K.
“The workshop with you was fascinating and so informative. I have loved the little bag of tools and have had fun…with them. I also pick your cup and glasses every time I pour something to drink. They are wonderful.” – Susan C.
“…I especially enjoyed how much you shared about your personal experiences and the development of your business and your decorative technique…” – Maria C.
“…thank you for a most informative and interesting seminar…well worth the price of admission, several times over. Can’t wait to “push” some clay of my own…” – King B.
“…What a wonderful workshop…Lora was such an inspiration…” – Andrea
“Wow!  Lora Rust’s workshop was amazing!  I learned so much: new techniques, new commercially available tools, how to make my own tools for applying her technique, and I gained references to many books and websites for inspiration as well as techniques for form, function, surface decoration and glazing.  What a complete and informative lesson! But wait… She also gave excellent demonstration on the wheel, joining handles, and surface decoration!  There was ample time for us to practice applying her techniques, and Lora provided great supervision and one on one problem-solving/tips as needed. I walked away with 2 finished pieces that I am happy to show to my family. :-)”  – Dawn E.