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Summer Artist Workshops Taught by the Masters

This summer Paducah School of Art and Design is launching its first Master Artist Workshops program, featuring leading artists and educators from across the country that will share their expertise in ceramics and metals.

Beginning next month, individuals can select from two, three and five day intensive workshops with master artists Martha Grover, Jessica Calderwood, Harris Deller, Tova Lund, Craig Rhodes, Susan Beecher, Doug Harling, and John Neely.

We are offering these unique workshops to continue to promote the reputation of the school within the art community and to help open the door to becoming a nationally-recognized leader for the visual arts, said Paul Aho, PSAD dean.

Art enthusiasts can sign up for one or all of the workshops and registration is going on now.

June 27-28
Martha Grover A Passion for Porcelain
Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain as Grover discusses throwing and altering techniques suited for this elegant material and how to exploit its best qualities. Cost: $290.

June 27-28
Jessica Calderwood The Enameled Image
Working from personal sketches and reference images, in this two-day workshop, participants will learn how to draw and paint using vitreous enamel. Basic metalworking skills are helpful, but are not required. Cost: $290

July 25-26
Harris Deller - Line to Volume and Back Again
This two-day workshop explores the beginning of form in line, development of contour, and building forms with mass and volume, as well as ceramic history, painting, and orchestrating glaze thickness to create emotion through heat and gravity. Cost: $290.

August 12
Tova Lund - The Found Object in Contemporary Jewelry
Driftwood, shells, bones, and the like, all contribute to an artists collection table. Lunds demonstration workshop will celebrate the natural found object and its sentimentality, as well as its potential for capturing narrative. Cost: $290.

August 12
Craig Rhodes - On-Glaze and Production Techniques
This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce various techniques in the use of on-glaze applications, and will be useful for artists who want to take advantage of the archival qualities of clay while transferring skills learned in using watercolor, oil, acrylic, etc. Cost: $290, materials and supplies not included.

August 7-9
Susan Beecher Seasonal Salt Fire
This three-day, hands-on workshop allows participants to discover the beauty of soda /salt firing techniques. Beecher will discuss and demonstrate the process of decorating, glazing and firing. Students should bring ten pieces of bisque ware from Cone 10 clay either dark or light clay is suitable. Cost: $350, materials and supplies not included.

August 12-16
Doug Harling - Granulation: Methods and Techniques
This five-day hands-on workshop will investigate and compare various means of performing granulation. Participants will explore simple torch firing methods as well as looking at the use of kilns and fusion furnaces. The emphasis will be on learning the hows and whys of this ancient technique and its applications for the contemporary metalsmith. Cost: $490, materials and supplies not included.

August 12-16
John Neely - Pots for Tea
Tea ware is a subject of perennial fascination to potters, but one burdened with
pitfalls and hidden complexity. Experience a close look at the mechanics of teapot construction interspersing hands-on demonstrations with theoretical considerations. Participants should plan on a weeklong immersion, steeped in tea and tea culture. Cost: $490, materials and supplies not included.

We invite everyone to be a part of history in the making in Paducah as we continue to put PSAD on the map and set the stage for years to come, said Aho.

To register for the Master Artist Workshop program, visit or call Liz Dodd, PSAD division assistant, at (270) 408-4278.

PSAD, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines. Classes are offered on WKCTCs campus; at 409 Broadway, in downtown Paducah; and at Madison Hall in Lowertown.