Past Workshops @ Lee Arts Center

Julia Galloway ceramic pitcher

Ceramic Workshop with Julia Galloway

May 18 & 19, 2019 10 am – 5 pm

This two-day, hands-on workshop with internationally known potter Julia Galloway focused on making wheel thrown, altered and hand built vessels/pottery and decorating with a variety of different slip techniques. Participants also focused on developing a conversation between form and surface that enhances their concepts and ideas. Julia discussed how to evaluate one’s artwork and continue idea development. There were brief demonstrations of techniques and presentations on surface design and form. About the artist


Jun Lee fox print

Woodcut Extravaganza! with Jun Lee

September 12 – October 10; 5 Wednesdays, 6 to 9 pm
Woodcut is considered to be the earliest of all printmaking methods. Students will directly draw their image onto a 18” x 24” wood block. They will begin carving their block after having different types of line carving demos to demonstrate the use and execution of black and white lines in the creation of an image, followed by printing their block. The emphasis in this class is to introduce the novice to the following techniques: types of wood, surface preparation, image design, carving techniques, tool maintenance, inking and pressing a print. Students are encouraged to design their own image and can expect to complete a small edition of black and white prints at the completion of the workshop. The workshop is for all skill levels but please note this is a physically intense workshop.

Jun Lee is a printmaker who works in large format woodcut utilizing animals as metaphors to convey competition in our daily lives. She is currently the Printmaking Artist in Residence at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA where she has focused on large-scale woodcuts and screenprints. For more information on the artist please visit her website at:

Meredith Host ceramic plate

“Lots of Layers” Ceramic Workshop with Meredith Host

Sat/Sun, October 20 & 21, 2018 10 am – 4 pm

This two day demo and hands on workshop will explore surface decorating processes using simple forms and building layers of visual information. Pre-bisque, we’ll experiment with surface design using underglaze, paper stenciling, trailing, incising, transfers and screen-printing techniques. You’ll expand your visual vocabulary and learn how to create dynamic, complex surfaces. These methods are applicable to all types of clays and firing temperatures.

Meredith Host received her BFA in Ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2001 and her MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University in 2008. She was named one of the 2011 Emerging Artists for NCECA and Ceramics Monthly, and in 2016 was a Presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Symposium. Currently, Meredith lives in Kansas City, MO, teaches workshops around the country, and is a founding member of the Kansas City Urban Potters. Learn more about Meredith at:

Garden water pitcher

Altered Forms & Expressive Surfaces for Functional Pottery with Ben Carter

Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Sunday, March 25, 2018; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This hands-on workshop focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping and other mark making techniques. During the workshop he will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at mid-range temperatures, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions on effective social media use for marketing will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice. More about the artist.

Bill Fick and Carlos Hernandez Printmaking poster

Speedball Roadshow with Carlos Hernandez and Bill Fick

May, 12, 2018 10am-4pm
Witness printmaking at its finest as Bill Fick and Carlos Hendandez come together to create a one-of-a kind collaborative print! This dynamic duo brings to life the beauty and mastery of relief and screen printing. Each printmaking process is creatively demonstrated to provide both education and excitement. Whether new to printmaking or skilled professional, their demo will leave a lasting impression. All products and inks generously donated by Speedball.

Ceramics Workshop with Sunshine Cobb

Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017

Sunshine Cobb ceramics

The foundation of Sunshine Cobb’s work is closely associated with traditions of historical ceramics integrating contemporary themes. Join us for this 2-day demonstration workshop as she talks about inspiration and how abstract concepts make their way into her work, and how to foster similar insertion into your own creative practice. Sunshine’s demonstration will motivate you to experiment with new and old forms and methods of construction. She will focus on ways this approach resonates with beginning students (just discovering what the boundaries are within ceramics), all the way up to advanced professionals who have worked within boundaries for years. Her demonstration will include coil and pinch methods to hard and soft slab construction to generate the various components she uses to construct her pots. She will speak to the building of surface through the making process and discuss the glaze and surface treatment of her work. About the artist.

Painting on clay

Clay As Canvas:  Approaches To Form and Surface With Shanna Fliegel 

April 29 – 30, 2017

Join us in this hands-on workshop where you will have a chance to explore a variety of surface techniques on red stoneware clay. Shanna will demonstrate multiple hand-built approaches that lend themselves to illustrated surfaces such as press-molded tiles, slump molded slab platters, drape molded template-cut trays, and coil-built containers. We will also throw and alter forms on the wheel with the intent of gaining familiarity and ease with vessels that work well with imagery or pattern. Shanna will demonstrate how to use slip, underglaze, texture, and thermo-fax screen prints as successive layers to create a canvas for sgraffito drawing, Participants will have access to a variety of thermo-fax screens during the workshop. Bisqued fired pieces will then be presented to show glaze, wax resist and oxide wash techniques. We will discuss composition and proportion, timing in clay, image-generation, and how to apply the techniques to your own work. A slide presentation with examples of work, influences and research wrap up the instruction. About the artist.

Ceramic mug with animals

Dynamic Surfaces and Storytelling with Grace Sheese

May 20 – 21, 2017

This workshop will explore how to layer and combine a variety of surface decoration techniques to create a rich surface that tells a story. Through a combination of structured demonstrations and hands-on experimentation, we will use techniques suitable for leather hard, bisque and glazed surfaces to create perfect backdrops for storytelling. Some of the techniques we will explore include altering forms, mishima, sgraffito, using non-ceramic materials, watercolor, stenciling, decals and commercial glazes. Discussions will include ways of telling a story through collaging, how to use easily accessible commercial ceramic materials to your advantage, ways of creating and making decals, the pros and cons of down-firing, and how to generate new ideas. You will leave the workshop armed with new skills and techniques and ways to apply those techniques to your own work. About the artist.

Jun Lee monkey print

Halloween Screenprint Teaser with Jun Lee 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Join us for this hands-on interactive workshop that will introduce you to the exciting art of screen printing. Resident printmaker Jun Lee will give a brief overview of the screen printing process starting from selecting a design, setting up a screen to finishing a print. Participants will try their hand at screen printing their own treat bags with a selection of Halloween inspired designs (created by Jun). No experience is required, all materials are included in the fee.

This workshop will be a fun way to kick-start your Halloween festivities as well as inspire you to learn about a new art medium. About the artist.

Blue ceramic jewelry

The Scarab’s Eternal Beauty; Creating with Egyptian Paste with Alfredo Ratinoff

Two session course: Oct 15 (1.30 – 4.30 pm) & Oct 29 (1.30 – 3.30 pm)

Invented some 7,000 years ago Egyptian paste was used to create distinctive jewelry worn by the pharaohs as symbols of royalty. This low fired self-glazing material was often formed into scarabs which symbolized eternal life and resurrection. In this workshop learn how to create a unique pendant or necklace using Egyptian paste by designing with basic concepts of beading and jewelry making. Sculpting techniques and technical information about the clay and firings will be discussed. No prior experience in clay or jewelry making is needed. Materials to make Egyptian paste (formulated by the instructor after experimenting with early Egyptian recipes) and firing expenses are included. About the artist.

Two linoleum carved print blocks

CCP: Create, Crave, Print | An Introduction to Linocut & Relief Painting with Jun Lee,

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00pm

Come learn how to design and carve soft linoleum to create beautiful handmade prints! Resident printmaker Jun Lee will introduce you to techniques in carving your linoleum surface that can be used for holiday cards and or stamps. Learn about designing negative line images and reduction carving. Discover for yourself just how addictive printmaking can be! About the artist.

Ceramic cups

Altered and Ornamented Workshop with Kristen Kieffer 

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Sunday, May 22, 2016

This two-day workshop will focus on altering wheel-thrown forms a little and a lot. Kristen will then embellish those forms with an array of decoration techniques. The result can be functional or sculptural, minimal, or extravagant.  You will leave the workshop with a collection of new skills and the confidence to play and draw from your own influences. Demonstrations include throwing and altering, darting, and a variety of decoration techniques including: stamp-making and stamping, slip-trailing, slip-sponging, and paper resist. We will discuss aesthetics and proportion, timing in clay, idea-generation, and progressing one’s own work with learned techniques. Techniques will have interest for both throwers and handbuilders. Come and be inspired to play! Participants will make stamps as well as play with slip-trailing and paper resist. About the artist.

Bird painting

Drawing inStillness / Intro to Journaling (With Watercolor) with Stan Fellows

Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Discard your expectations about drawing and journaling in this meditative workshop. “Do not seek beauty. Seek stillness, and beauty will show up.” Designed for people who “can’t draw a straight line” (though this gets raves from accomplished artists as well) this workshop is about learning to slow down and see, truly see the beauty that is all around us every day.

Beginning with the meditative ‘Drawing in Stillness’ exercises we learn to be comfortable with and savor the feeling of…nothing, of simply being present, with no expectations for results. This is central to the joy of journaling, where we let experiences and observations come to us and saturate our memory.

We then move on to practical lessons on how to get the most from your journaling sessions; choosing a subject, drawing tips that are helpful to beginners or experts, making use of short or long periods of time, writing and simple application of watercolor. About the artist.

Two ceramic cups with animals

Form and Surface Toy Box Workshop with Chandra Debuse

Saturday& Sunday: May 16 & 17, 2015

Join us in this two day hands-on workshop and learn to design playful pottery forms using simple molds and templates, made from plywood, craft foam and bisqued clay through hand building with soft slabs. Energize the clay through a multitude of surface strategies, including low-relief texture, freehand drawing, direct image transfer, inlay, sgraffito, stencils and the use of slip, wax, and underglaze to create layered and colorful embellishment. The emphasis will be on learning and experimentation in the building and decorating stages. Although the techniques and discussion will be focused on pottery, the workshop will be valuable for any student striving to develop a more cohesive relationship between form and surface in their own clay work. Chandra will demonstrate her techniques of making nesting dishes, scoops/spoons, large platters, tea bowls and bowls. Prior experience with clay required. About the artist.

Jun Lee toys print

Squeegees & Brushes: Screenprinting with Jun Lee

Saturday & Sunday: April 11 & 12, 2015

Participants will learn first-hand how to properly coat, expose, print from, and clean a silkscreen. Differences in inks, printing substrates, screen mesh, and filmwork will all be discussed, and various multi-color registration techniques will be covered. About the artist.




Layer clay

Innovative Handbuilding Techniques Plus Color With Lana Wilson

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Sunday, June 1, 2014

Join us in welcoming consummate handbuilder, Lana Wilson as she shares her vast range of techniques in handbuilding and surface decoration. Watch what happens when three layers of colored slips have sgraffito designs scratched through all the layers and then the whole slab is flattened with a rolling pin to spread the colors. These painterly slabs will be made into bowls, cups, etc… Lana will cover a variety of demos: a box with a workable drawer with an inset niche and layers of stamped imagery; functional work made using a sink mat to form a grid pattern which is enhanced with small stamps with color added after bisquing; a teapot, intricate stamp making techniques, multi-level clay tiles, handles and feet and whatever else that can be squeezed into this information packed workshop. This workshop will be comprised of mostly demos, however participants may have the opportunity to try some techniques if time allows. Handouts will be shared and Lana’s book will be available if anyone is interested. About the artist.

The Secrets of Lusters with Alfredo Ratinoff

October 17 & 24, 2013

Resident artist Alfredo Ratinoff will demonstrate various techniques for applying lusters on top of ceramic glazes to achieve beautiful finishes. From light, shimmering effects to solid, metallic finishes, each participant will learn how to adapt these techniques to their own work. One common drawback of using lusters is the creation of toxic fumes during firing; however, Alfredo will present a line of lusters that he created which are solvent- and lead-free and produce no toxic fumes during application or firing. These lusters produce a variety of colors, including gold, silver, copper, and other metallic hues that can be applied on glazed porcelain, glazed stoneware, or low-fired glazes. Alfredo will demonstrate how to create brushwork patterns, how to use stencils, and how to layer these colors to obtain various metallic finishes. These lusters are fired in the same way as traditional lusters in an electric kiln to cone 018 or 016.

This workshop opens up a world of new opportunities for all potters as well as hand-builders, tile-makers, or sculptors who wish to create these beautiful finishes with traditional or free-style applications. About the artist.

Handmade brushes

Creating and Painting with Custom Handmade Brushes with Glenn Grishkoff

October 5-6 , 2013

Learn how to make gorgeous handmade brushes that are works of art and functional tools. This course is open to all levels with in-depth step- by- step instruction of beginning and advanced brush making and painting techniques. Several types of brushes will be introduced each day of the workshop utilizing different hair and construction methods. Brushes created may be used to decorate ceramics as well as watercolor, sumi mark making, calligraphy, acrylic and oil painting surfaces. There will be slide lectures and in-depth demonstrations illustrating the technical construction methods involved in making brushes, including knot-tying, epoxy mixing, cutting and wrapping hairs and methods to create brush handles. Students will work with a variety of hairs, including buck tail hair, moose hair, horse hair, rooster hackle, broom corn straw and additional types of hairs. About the artist.

Porcelain tea set

Undulating Forms with Martha Grover

Saturday & Sunday, October 26-27, 2013

Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms.  In this two-day demonstration workshop, Martha will share her special throwing and altering techniques that exploit this elegant and sensuous material’s best qualities.  Working with a variety of bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages, Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and additions of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms.  Forms will include cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and baskets.  Crack repair and mending techniques will be addressed, as well as the use of a spray gun for glaze application.  Martha will also talk about her sources of inspiration, philosophy of making, and studio practices. About the artist.

Personal Pots Through Soft Slabs with Liz Zlot Summerfield

Saturday & Sunday, May 18-19, 2013

Join us in this two day hands-on workshop as Liz introduces various techniques in working with soft clay slabs and paper patterns.  Participants will explore simple functional forms and attachments including lids, feet, and spouts. There will be discussion and work time allotted towards surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes. Throughout the weekend, Liz will discuss techniques on how to draw from personal influences in order to better individualize one’s work. She will also share her personal aesthetic journey via a power point presentation. The overall intent is that you will leave this workshop filled with new techniques and insight on how to approach your work technically and conceptually. About the artist.

‘In A Pinch’ with Emily Schroeder Willis

Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2012

Ever think that pinch pots can’t be light or delicate? This workshop will challenge common stereotypes of working with the simple pinch pot. Emily will demonstrate her process of creating vessels through pinching and coiling with porcelain. She will show techniques such as building work upside down, creating basic molds with simple coils and using bisque molds to help aid in flat forms. Additionally, she will discuss how to add volume without adding mass. Through the process of coiling and pinching, she will explore how to build a variety of forms ranging from large jars and platters to small cream and sugar sets. Emily will also share her methods of creating lids and feet as well as a variety of ways to make rims and handles. On the last day she will focus on finishing touches and review some of her glazing techniques. About the artist.

Traditional Mongolian Mask Masking with Gankhuyag Natsag

Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2012

Please join us for this hands-on workshop as renowned Mongolian artist Gankhuyag Natsag guides participants through the steps of making a traditional Mongolian mask. The class will begin with sketching and designing their masks, and then mold a 3D model out of clay followed by layering strips of papier-mâché. The next day they will take the dried papier-mâché mask off the form to finish and decorate their final pieces. Mr. Natsag will share his expertise in making these masks and discuss masks role in Mongolian culture. Participants will be encouraged to design their own masks or can try their hand at making one with a traditional Mongolian theme. No experience necessary, all materials included. About the artist.