Ceramics summer workshop for high school teens



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"I never knew how many different ways there were to create pots. This class definitely showed me how many possibilities there are."

Throw exquisite and functional bowls on the potter’s wheel, sculpt slabs into expressive forms, explore glazing techniques, and witness your work come to life through gas and electric kiln firings.

In this workshop, you will create collections of work along specific aesthetic themes of your choosing. You will experiment with surface treatments, including the application of glazes, low relief, and three-dimensional decoration to distinguish your work. While beginners are exposed to a range of clay techniques, advanced students work to expand their portfolios.

Through class discussions, collaborative explorations, art books, technical articles, and one-on-one instruction, you will gain a greater understanding of what ceramics is and what inspires you to create.


Faculty: Jena Merrill


Jena is a ceramic artist currently based in Portland, ME. She received a BA in Studio Arts & Educational Studies from Swarthmore College in 2016 and completed a post-baccalaureate program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Jena is currently a Resident at Bayside Clay Center at Running With Scissors Artist Studios & Community in Portland, ME, and an arts and literacy educator and advocate. Through her functional pottery, Jena combines a delicate, formal sensibility with a playful and personal visual and tactile language — she is motivated by a haptic approach to materials and objects and is fascinated by the poetry of everyday things. This is Jena’s third summer spent at Putney, and will be her first as lead teacher of the ceramics workshop. You can find her work at jenamerrillceramics.com.

The Putney School Summer Programs
Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road,
Putney, Vermont 05346 USA
802-387-6297 (main), (802) 387-6216 (fax)

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