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The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding with Liz Zlot Summerfield

May 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and paper patterns and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Participants will learn slab building techniques such as rolling, beveling, and darting while they work on forms such as cups, creamers, and lidded objects. Demonstration and hands-on work time will include pattern making and the construction of a spout, lid, and flange. Included in the workshop is a discussion and demonstration on surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes. This workshop is designed to accommodate all clay enthusiasts from beginner to advanced. Participants will leave with new tools to incorporate into their studio practice. Format: Demonstration and hands-on work time. Participants will take home their pots made over the weekend. Firing not included.

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: May 22 – 23, 10AM – 5PM
Where: Double Island Studio, Green Mountain NC
Workshop fee: $250 Earthenware clay is provided. Students are welcome to bring their own clay if they prefer.


May 22, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Double Island Studio
2459 Double Island Rd
Green Mountain, NC 28740 United States
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(828) 467-1138