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2009 Workshops

All the things you want to know about clay
but couldn't find someone to ask...

Instructor: Don Reitz
July 10–12, 2009

Don Reitz will give a three day demonstration-based and interactive workshop, focusing on sculptural and utilitarian work. Based on his 53 years of experience in ceramics, Reitz will demonstrate throwing, altering and joining sculptural pieces, making utilitarian ware and painting on clay.  While not a hands-on workshop, there will be opportunities for participants to be involved and get their hands on clay. It's guaranteed to be an entertaining, educational weekend and an opportunity to ask anything you have ever wanted to ask about clay from someone who has seen and done it all.

Open to all skill levels, Reitz will conduct slide lectures covering the history of his work and will talk about his influences and inspirations. He will also show videos and spend time discussing ideas and philosophy with participants.






Don REITZ received his BS in Art Education from Kutztown State College in Kutztown, PA; his MFA from New York State School of Ceramics in Alfred, NY; and taught for 26 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Reitz is considered among the finest and most influential ceramic artists in the world, celebrated for his technical mastery, bold improvisational approach, and spirited teaching style. Reitz was selected as the Archie Bray Foundation’s 2005 Peter Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellow.

Reitz has exhibited, lectured, and led workshops across the globe and his work is included in numerous collections, including those of the Renwick Gallery and Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. as well as museums in Australia, Japan, Denmark, New Zealand, and Norway. His many honors include being the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant; named a Fellow of the World Craft Council and the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts; and twice voted one of the twelve greatest living ceramic artists in the world by readers of Ceramics Monthly.