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Mash and Mingle:
Exploring Form and
the Decorative Impulse
with Matthew Metz and Liz Quackenbush
June 11–22, 2012

This unique two-week hands-on workshop will appeal to your decorative impulse. Matthew Metz, a thrower, and Liz Quackenbush, a hand builder, will share their varied approaches to form and surface. With a passion for intricate surface embellishment, which draws heavily on the history of decorative arts and ceramics, Metz and Quackenbush share an admiration and interest in each other’s work as well as curiosity about experiencing each other’s practice.

Students will have access to both high and low-fire clays and glazes, which will be fired in reduction and oxidation, accordingly.  Daily demos by both artists will be followed by studio time, where the information and techniques can be mashed, mingled and incorporated into each participant’s already existing investigations.  Participants will return home with new ideas about how to approach working and thinking in their ceramic practice.

The workshop is open to artists with intermediate to advanced skill levels and experiences.



Matthew Metz
, 2011
porcelain, wood fired, salt glazed

Liz Quackenbush
Two Lobed Bowl
, 2011
red earthenware, majolica, lustre, glass enamels
20" x 13.5" x 8"

Matthew Metz has been making his living as a studio potter for the last 25 years. He shares a home and studio in Alfred Station, NY with potter/educator Linda Sikora.  He received his MFA from Edinboro University in PA and his BFA from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1989–1991.

Metz has received multiple awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Fellowship and two McKnight Fellowships from the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. He exhibits and sells his pottery  internationally and at locations throughout the US, including the St. Croix Pottery Tour, MN, the Old Church Pottery Show, NJ, and the Philadelphia Craft Show, PA. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Liz Quackenbush is a studio potter and a professor at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA.  Her pottery has been exhibited across the US and internationally. 

She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and her graduate degree from RIT in Rochester, NY.  Quackenbush spends her summers with her family camping in Vermont. She was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1995–1996.