The Clay Canvas Workshop

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“The Clay Canvas” Sgraffito Workshop with Alissa Mittl

May 24, 2020: 10:00am – 4:30pm

$145.00 Early Bird Nonmembers (includes lunch)
$115.00 Early Bird Members (includes lunch)


$165.00 Nonmembers (includes lunch)
$135.00 Members (includes lunch)

In this workshop, students will learn how clay can be treated as a two-dimensional canvas using sgraffito carving techniques. The term sgraffito originates from the Italian term graffiare meaning “to scratch.” It is a ceramic carving technique in which the colored, leather-hard surface is scratched through to reveal the clay body underneath. Using underglazes and carving techniques, Alissa will demonstrate how to build visually upon the ceramic surface to create depth and detailed imagery.

An interest in drawing is encouraged, but no prior experience is necessary! All materials included.

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Required Tool

This workshop will require – Wire Stylus by Kemper Tools for Clay & Pottery

About Alissa Mittl

Alissa Mittl received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University. She has apprenticed for working ceramic artists Sue Tirrell (Pray, MT) and Julie Guyot (Tallahassee, FL), and received fellowships to attend workshops at both Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO) and Penland School of Crafts (Bakersfield, NC).

Originally from southwest Florida, her work has shown both locally and nationally. Mittl completed two terms as a Ceramic Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center (Mendocino, CA) in August 2018. She then spent a year teaching and making artwork as a long-term Resident Artist at the Taos Clay Studio in Northern New Mexico. Mittl now lives, works, makes and sells her art in the historic town of Taos.

Reitz Ranch Cancellation Policy

– RR will offer a full refund of registration/workshop fees if cancellation is made at least ONE WEEK in advance of workshop.

– If cancellation occurs less than ONE WEEK prior to the start of the workshop, participant will forfeit 50% of the total workshop fee, or, at the request of participant RR may credit the total amount to be used on alternative class/workshop at a later date.

– If cancellation or no-show occurs once the workshop has commenced RR reserves the right to withhold all Fees paid by participant. However, RR understands that extenuating circumstances may occur and will make every effort to take these into consideration. In some cases, participant may be eligible to receive a partial or full credit towards another workshop.

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