Many educational institutions have invited me to teach workshops about plaster techniques and design. 

In these programs, I introduce design students to the techniques, traditions, and problems of ceramic manufacturing, and teach ceramics students about  plaster methods and new approaches to ceramic design and production. I bring, not only my professional experience in art and industry, but eight years' experience teaching ceramics at the college level.

These programs range from short lectures to two-week workshops. They may include:

  • Slide show of portfolio and model making processes
  • Introduction to materials, tools, and techniques of plaster work
  • Discussion of working drawings and the design process
  • Design for production in the studio or factory
  • Videos of ceramics factories
  • Group discussion of participants' projects
  • Demonstrations of various plaster forming techniques
  • Hands-on student work on individual projects

I have presented such programs at:

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Sage/Junior College of Albany, Albany NY
American Ceramic Society Expo, Lexington, KY
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA
Interlaken School of Art, Stockbridge, MA
Ceramic Education Center, Lodi, NJ
Union College, Schenectady, NY
2003 NCECA Conference, San Diego, CA
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

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