Structural Slabs

Instructor: Lynn Duryea, 2012 Master Craft Artist Award

Supplies/Materials Fee: $25

Enrollment limit: 15 FULL Waitlist only

Level: All levels

This workshop will explore the range of possibilities in form utilizing slab construction. We’ll pursue idea generation methods, pattern making and support systems for generating slab structures both simple and complex. Although the workshop length will make generating large-scale objects difficult, demonstrations will include use of The SlabSlingTM, a device of Lynn’s invention which aids in drying large-scale pieces. Discussions will include the surfaces possible with low temperature electric kiln firing, with an emphasis on creating rich layered surfaces. Students will be able to bisque smaller pieces.

Lynn Duryea with WRAP, slab-constructed terra-cotta, steel + rivets, 91.5″ high Top right: CURVE #7, slab-constructed terracotta, low-fire oxidation, 9.5″ x 16″ x 4″ Bottom right: SCOOP, slab-constructed terracotta, staples, low-fire oxidation, 7.5″ x 16″ x 6″

Professor Emerita of Art at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Lynn Duryea has returned to Maine full-time to work at Sawyer Street Studios in South Portland and her Deer Isle studio. Lynn is a Founding Trustee of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She was a recipient of the Maine Crafts Association 2012 Master Craft Award, and was an Emerging Artist at the 2004 NCECA Conference (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts). Lynn’s work is represented in numerous publications and has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. In Maine her work has been exhibited at The George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, CRAFT Gallery in Rockland and the Turtle Gallery on Deer Isle. She earned her MFA from the University of Florida.