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Ely Folk School

Accessorizing Your Pottery

with Sandy Brandley


Thursdays, July 29 and August 5, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10

After you have created a beautiful shape out of clay, the next most important task is to decide how to decorate the surface. Your choices make your work uniquely yours. In this class we will talk about a multitude of methods and materials that can be used to accessorize your work. Topics that will be covered include:clay additions, incised decorations, carved decorations, slip trailing, adding found items, making unique knobs and stamping.

Your homework will be to make one or more pots and bring them in a leather hard state to the second session. Then you’ll be try out techniques and materials that appeal to you on your own pieces. Feel free to bring materials you might like to include. You will also be shown styles that you can use on glazed and fired pieces.

About the Instructor, Sandy Brandley: I began throwing pots in earnest 1974 with my first wheel and kiln. I was initially self-taught but continued my education with classes at the University of Minnesota and multiple seminars through the years. A summer session at Lake Superior College with Dorian Beaulieu was the most transformative for me. His attitude was that there are no limits on your creativity, which helped me branch out and create my most widely-praised pottery, using unusual items on pots such as a drill bit from the Pioneer Mine which closed in 1967, an antler found in the woods, or a chunk of greenstone. 

Sandy is a member artist of Art & Soul gallery, and her pottery has also been available at Burntside Lodge, North Country Goods, and local art shows. She has taught several classes in beginning pottery for elementary students as well as classes for adults.

  • Jul 29th, 2021
    Thu for 2 weeks from 2:00 - 4:30 pm

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