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Lidded Form and Surface Techniques
Instructor: Bruce Cochrane
August 12–15, 2010

During this four-day workshop, participants will focus on the relationship between form, lid and function. Proportion, scale, balance and utility will be discussed as participants complete specific projects throughout the workshop. An investigation of handles, knobs and feet will be encouraged and demonstrated, as well as various lid connections, and fitting lids to thrown and altered forms. A number of pre-fired surface techniques, which may be applied to any material or process, will be explored. Students will be encouraged to push their ideas beyond familiar solutions, make some awkward yet interesting work and return to their studios excited about new possibilities and ideas.

A soda firing will take place during the session and participants are asked to bring stoneware or porcelain bisque work to experiment on during the week.


Bruce Cochrane was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In 1972 he received a BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, followed by an MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Since 1979 he has taught in the ceramics program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, and has conducted workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His work has been exhibited in over 300 exhibitions and is in such notable collections as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto.