Workshop with Ray Boswell ~ Retreat for Potters: Relating to Clay in a New Way

Saturday July 21, 2012 and offered again August 11, 2012.

Workshop runs 6 hours,10:00am-4:00 pm.
Cost $95-.
Limited to 10 participants.
Lunch from Allan’s Falafel included.
Bring your favorite pottery tools, an open mind and enthusiasm.

To register please email Ray Boswell at [email protected] .

Ray’s retreat description and outline
I call it a retreat because it is a time to step back and retreat from what you thought about pottery and yourself. Allow yourself to be centered, open up to new thoughts and ways to look at things and grow into new possibilities of interacting with clay. This is the beginning of a series of ongoing workshops that are different in the following way. Most of the time we go to workshops to meet the potter and go home with a pot we made at the workshop. The problem I see in this model is we often spend too much time making the pot, trying to get it into the bisque on time, and then rushing to glaze it, and so we don’t give ourselves enough time to learn new skills. We rush to experience them but, do we give ourselves time to learn them? I propose workshops or retreats to create a space for learning about pots and ourselves and what is important about both. We will need to create a new language for this because one has not been created yet. We will have to create new ways of doing things because the one size fits all approach doesn’t work. I have limited the group to 10 so I will have time to help individuals with their hands-on experience. Connie Rose will be available to assist you one on one when needed. I designed this day to introduce you to these techniques (for some of you, I’ll be reintroducing you but, with more science and thought) and to give you a chance to see them performed correctly. This retreat is an introduction. The DVD’s available will help you to review each technique and remind you how to use each technique to create bigger, lighter and better pots with less effort and with greater consistency.

In addition Andrew Boswell is offering a glazing workshop on Sunday, July 22nd or Sunday, August 12th.  Although these two workshops are independent, they compliment each other. My Saturday workshop concentrates on creating the form and the Sunday workshop with Andrew concentrates on designing the surface. The price for Andrew’s Glazing workshop is $85. Andrew’s workshop can be combined with mine (Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd, or Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th) into a weekend workshop at a discounted price of $165 for the two days, a savings of $15. To register please email me at [email protected] .

Retreat for Potters ~ Outline
10:00 – 10:30
Greet with coffee, Hand out booklets, introductory remarks, short movie, learning a new language, letting your fingers dance. Break into groups of two.
10:30 – 11:15
During this 45 minute session I will guide you through the science of centering, opening, bringing up clay from the bottom of the pot and hand position. You will have the opportunity to practice and problem solve with a partner. These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with a practical hands on experience. In this way each one of you will have an opportunity to use new information to enable you to center and
open a pot (and possibly yourself) with more speed and less work.
11:15 -12:00
We will continue using the groups of two (or more if you wish) in order to work through the science of recentering.  (Recentering isn’t a word, yet, we’ll change that after this weekend.) These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with the practical hands on experience. Each one of you will have the chance to use new information to recenter on the wheel. This will help you center, idea generate forms on the wheel and get rid of that awful high side and low side. This also will help you throw faster in general but, specifically faster when collaring and necking.
12:45 – 1:30
Continuing in groups of 2 or more we will go over the science of bowls and lips. These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with the practical hands on experience. Everyone will have a chance on a wheel to use new information to create bowls and lips that don’t flop over or collapse down.
1:30 – 2:15
Continuing in groups of 2 of more we will go over the science of collaring and necking (making bottle necks). These mental and physical gymnastics will then be integrated with the practical hands on experience. Each one of you will be given the opportunity to use this new information to collar flared lips with out folding them or getting a high side and a low side. We will go over old ways of collaring as well as using recentering solely and in coordination with older techniques. Not being able to collar or create tall necks for bottles, spouts or stems is very limiting and no one need limit themselves in this way.
2:30 – 4:00
This is where the parts get put together. In the hour and a half remaining we will dialogue about design principles. How tall is too tall for a foot or a neck and why? What is the relationship between the body and the foot, or neck and lip? What are we trying to say or express through each of these separate elements to give voice to the completed pot? There will be some trimming demonstrated during this time. Most of the discussion will be
integrating the techniques we have been learning on the wheel to accomplish our goal of giving voice to our pots and ourselves.

~ Ray

Here’s a fairly rough video preview, but you’ll get an idea…




Spring Special Event at the Bostree Gallery

Wheel thrown grolleg porcelain illustrated vase by Andrew BoswellBy Andrew Boswell. Wheel thrown grolleg porcelain lidded vessel.By Andrew Boswell. Wheel thrown, hand painted, grolleg porcelain teapot and cup and saucer.By Andrew Boswell. Wheel thrown, hand painted, grolleg porcelain lidded vassel.Inspired by Spring ~

New Work by Andrew Boswell

Saturday, May 5th, 2:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday, May 6th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Artist’s reception

Saturday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

refreshments served

I wish you all a happy spring and invite you to venture out in this warmer weather to see Andrew’s newest porcelain ceramic pieces! There is a strong possibility that you will find that perfect unique wedding or shower gift in this body of new work.

Andrew has been busy at the wheel and has produced some beautiful and functional bowls, vases and jars which he will be premièring on May 5th and 6th. The pieces vary in size and price and many have surfaces enhanced with hand painted floral theme illustrations. Showcased also will be a selection of Andrew’s teapots which always make an impressive gift.

Join us for refreshments at the Saturday evening artist’s reception or stop by any other time over the weekend to peruse the new work. Andrew will be there to meet and greet you to discuss his newest creations and special orders.

We look forward to seeing you then!


Terry Boswell

Crystalline Glaze Jar

Crystaline glaze jar by Andrew Boswell and Phil Hamling

Crystaline glaze, grolleg porcelain jar, about 14" tall, by Andrew Boswell and Phil Hamling $480-

This exquisite grolleg porcelain piece is a combination of pottery, chemistry and geology. It was thrown on the potter’s wheel by Andrew Boswell. The glazing process was a collaborative effort between Andrew and Phil Hamling using Phil’s technically intricate crystalline glaze methods. Andrew’s fluid form is the perfect canvas for Phil’s ceramic engineering expertise. When this process is done precisely correct, crystals grow in the glaze surface during the firing of the pot. The patterns formed look very similar to the crystal patterns of frost on a window pane.





If you are interested in purchasing this piece please email a note and  your phone number to [email protected] and I will give you a call back. (The online catalog and shopping cart are still down. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.)