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An Invitation to Slow Down
with Matt Kelleher & Shoko Teruyama
June 10–14, 2013

This five-day hands-on workshop will concentrate on hand building with earthenware and the exploration of diverse pottery genres from tableware to vessels for sacred spaces. Demonstrations will include bisque molds, slab and coil construction and complex attachments—altering and refining techniques. Emphasis will be placed on surface treatment through slip application and sgraffito decoration. Each participant will create a bisque mold, many small pots and have the opportunity to decorate and glaze a piece by the end of the week.


Matt Kelleher
Matt Kelleher, Pitcher

Shoko Teruyama
Shoko Teruyama, Occupy

Matt Kelleher

Matt Kelleher is currently a working potter in the mountains of western North Carolina. In 2005, he left university teaching to pursue full-time studio work through a residency at Penland School of Crafts. Kelleher has also been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation (1999–2001) and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan (2003). As Kelleher continues his career of investigating soda-fired tableware, his interests have broadened to include sculptural vessels, bird-inspired forms and collaborative work with Shoko Teruyama.

Shoko TeruyamaShoko Teruyama grew up in Mishima, Japan. She earned a BA in education and taught elementary school for two years before coming to the United States to study art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997. Teruyama received her MFA in ceramics in 2005 from Wichita State University in Kansas. She finished a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2008 and is now a studio artist in Marshall, North Carolina.