Our holiday sale is over but there are more items in my online store. 


 Jenny Chamberlain will be starting this January as the next Mill Creek apprentice. Jenny is currently an MFA student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I met her a couple years ago when I taught a workshop there. She has taken some time at school to come and work with me.

I think its an interesting point of maturity when we come to crave critical feedback, and we are not able to learn from every person. I remember a time when I could not stand any critical imput.  That has changed, and I still seek it from my former teachers and input from my apprentices.  The process has become one that helps me see the work through other's eyes.

 

Jenny will be focused on learning about daily life as a potter, self promotion, as weill as clarifying her voice in clay


 

There are some fun workshop opportunities coming in 2017.  Any of these would make a great holiday gift to yourself or the clay lover in your life.  Not the least of these is the Intimate Anagama workshop we are hosting at my pottery,

2017 WORKSHOP DETAILS

 

 

 

 

May 16th - May 29th 2017.

Intimate Anagama: at Mill Creek pottery we are creating a very different workshop experience. We want the folks who come to immerse themselves in the firing experience and leave with confidence and knowledge as well a whole bunch of fired work.

 Workshop attendees will get individual instruction on loading and firing techniques.  They will bring bisque ware and share the kiln space of my 150 cubic foot anagama.  Instruction, glaze, materials, wood, demos, and critiques will be included with tuition.    I have tweaked the workshop schedule to make the experience smoother and richer.   Three days will be spent loading the kiln, and five to six days firing.   While the kiln cools we will do morning demos in Simon's personal studio, and have an afternoon of private or group critiques.  The final day of the workshop will be the unloading and assessment of the fired pots.

Though I have taught workshops at Arrowmont, Haystack, Peter's Valley and Anderson Ranch, the pleasure of teaching here at my own home, in a kiln I have fired 26 times is very different.  I am also limiting registration to participants.  This will ensure that everyone gets a healthy amount of work throughout the kiln, and everyone gets individual instruction.  I am dedicated to quality not quantity.

Photo by Vicki Grima 

The cost for the workshop is $1,500.   I am dedicated to making this experience worth every penny.   Not only will participants get a lot of thier own work fired, but I will be providing invaluable instruction and two fun week of hard work in beautiful rural Wisconsin.  Wood, will be processed, and ready, glazes, slips, wadding and materials will be include.  Apprentices and I will be available the whole workshop to answer questions and insure students are getting questions answered.



As a special treat we will be joined by Tales of a Red Clay Rambler's Ben Carter, who will be podcasting the workshop experience.   Ben is interested in documenting the firing and workshop for the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast.  This is different than anything Ben has done before on his show, and it will be interesting to see what he comes up with.

 

 Click here for more info, or Email me if you are interested.


I am presenting at the Canadial Clay Symposium this March along with some great artists you can check that out here.  Bookending the inernational conference I will be teaching a Train kiln firing workshop at the Shadbolt Art Center Near Vancouver, CA, March 12th - 17th.  Here is the registration link:  Shadbolt


And I am pleased to say I will be teaching a hands on making workshop at The Kiln Studio and Gallery in Fairhope Alabama.  Gulf Coast here I come

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 On Tuesday July 26th I visited my former teacher and now friend Clary Illian to have a conversation about criticism.  The conversation was a delight, though I lost a lot of good stuff due to technical ignorance on my part.  Though here is a good portion of our discussion.  

 

 

 

 

 
   

In 2015 I ran an Indiegogo Campaign, and with the support of many we re-built some of the wood kilns, bought a new electric kiln, and revitalized the studtio.  One of the perks was the creation of this book.   For the past 14 years I have been saving some of the best pots from each firing for my children.   


We inventoried, photographed and recorded the collection and in the process we made this lovely book.  
 Blurb publishing produces an extremely high quality product and I am pleased to make this collection available online.  


In October of 2015 I sat down with Paul Blais a ceramicist, and an enthusiastic podcaster who in a short time has ammassed a huge library of interviews with potters.   Paul usually focuses on how to turn artwork into a profitable business model, though we found ourselves talking much more about the philosophy of art.

 

We even got into an argument, which Paul claims is the first time in 177 interviews this has happened.  Perhaps I am more contentious than I think.  Listen for yourself.

 

-Simon

 


 

In 2014 my apprentices Lars Voltz, Kelsie Rudolph and I traveled to Hangzhou China. There we built two kilns for China Academy of the Arts.  I was hired to return December 2015 to teach firing and loading techniques.  We fired 3 times while there.The process is documented on instagram and Facebook under the hashtag #FireInChina.   Josh Copus a wood fire potter from North Carolina joined me in this excursion.

You can also see this story told here on my website in three parts.  The kiln building, The Loading and Firing, and the story told by Angel, (the 20 year old undergraduate who acted as my translator)

 


 

Pottery Making Illustrated will be publishing an article I wrote this fall with the help of my apprentice Ian Connors.

look for it in the December/January issue.


 

Work by Simon Levin 

 

 

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