Developing Ideas for Form Language

At left, Suze Lindsay with worktable. At right an artwork
A Suze Lindsay artwork

Date: June 21-25, 2021 (Summer)
Medium: Pottery
Instructor: Suze Lindsay (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

A class for intermediate / advanced makers that focuses on developing and sculpting volumetric forms that go vertical. Participants will bring one of these forms (focused on pitchers, vases, or jars) that they have been making at home. We will work to expand and develop strategies to personalize their work. Demos include how to alter thrown form, make hand built components and attachments, and finish the pots with surface enhancement on greenware using texture and slips.

Class will include daily exercises to aide in translating visual preferences into your work, inventing and interpreting your personal language and form. Daily classes will include writing and drawing exercises, as well as powerpoint presentations on historical and contemporary influences.

At this time, Developing Ideas for Form Language is closed.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Potter’s tools—wire, sponge, wooden knife, metal rib, pin tool
Small level
Trimming tools
Surform tool or rasp
Ribs-plastic , metal, wood serrated
Fettling knife
Piece of upholstery foam –18 x18 inches—for any handbuilt parts
Favorite art book
Favorite music CD
Images of your work

Work gloves
Bats/Bat pins
Squirt bottle
Sharpie Pen
Small buckets

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Suze Lindsay is a studio potter in the NC mountains. Former core fellow (1987-1989) and Resident Artist (1993-1996) at Penland School of Crafts, she received an MFA from Louisiana State University(1992.)

Suze has taught at numerous art centers and universities including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Curaumilla Art Center, and Ohio University She has presented at the Utilitarian Clay Conference in Tennessee, the Alabama Clay Conference, Vermont’s North Country Studio Conference, and Fusion-Ontario Clay and Glass Association Conference in Toronto. She was Emerging Artist at the 2000 NCECA conference.

Her work is in the permanent collections of George E Ohr Museum in Biloxi MS, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX., Islip Art Museum, NY, Kennedy Museum of American Art, Athens OH, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, Lancaster Museum of Art, East Petersburg, PA, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Raleigh, NC, and The North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove.