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Exploring Low Fire Surfaces with Liz Zlot Summerfield

June 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Are you interested in working at low fire but feel intimidated with addressing the surface? This workshop intends to demystify low fire surfaces by introducing you to several techniques, many of which can be used at any temperature. The layering of these techniques has the ability to create a unique depth to the surfaces of your work. The workshop will cover slip trailing, underglazes, sgraffito, and making and applying terra sigillata. All of these techniques can be applied to sculptural and functional forms.

There will discussions on the myths and facts of earthenware, firing temperatures and cone charts, and suggestions on how to personalize your surfaces.

Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired. Small batches of terra sigillata will be available for purchase.

The format of this workshop is demonstration and hands-on work time.

Artist Biography:
Liz Zlot Summerfield grew up in Northern California and was a child of both an entrepreneur and an admirer of the arts. Both parents instilled a determination and confidence in her that she could succeed at anything she worked towards. She attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to complete her Masters of Fine Arts in 2004. Since graduation, she has lived and worked as a studio artist in Bakersville, North Carolina with her husband and glass artist, Scott Summerfield. Their daughter, Roby is an emerging artist focused on printmaking. She has been an instructor and visiting artist at numerous clay facilities, colleges, and universities. She exhibits and sells her work nationally through exhibitions, galleries, and fine craft shows. Her work resides in various permanent collections. She has been featured and on the cover of Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times magazine. She has also written several articles and created an instructional DVD produced by Ceramics Arts Daily featuring her ceramic process and her work. In 2020, she and Scott created Double Island Studio, a communal space created for art making, teaching, and learning.

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When: Saturday, June 26,  10AM – 3PM
Where: Double Island Studio, Green Mountain NC
Workshop fee: $125 includes Slip, test tiles, terra sigillata, and underglaze.


June 26, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Double Island Studio
2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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