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Contemporary Design by Hand
with James Klein and David Reid
June 6–17, 2016

James Klein and David Reid encourage makers of all types—artists, designers and craftspeople—to join them for this unique two-week hands-on workshop as they explore the ideas, techniques and business strategies behind their iconic ceramic design studio, KleinReid. Demonstrations will include techniques derived from traditional pottery making and industrial fabrication. To encourage students to think more like designers, participants will be asked to work on a collection or a small series of ceramic pieces during the workshop. Students should bring ideas and sketches related to their own studio practice, which will inform their collection. Everyone will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their designs and assistance in problem solving the production of their work. Additionally, Klein and Reid will offer strategies for addressing business challenges that makers face today, such as how to find or develop a market for their work. By the end of the two weeks, students will be able to take with them finished work, designs for future projects and a deeper understanding of the business side of art.

Prime Black Collection, 2014
glazed porcelain, turned walnute
various sizes ranging 4"-14"

James Klein and David ReidKleinReid is a New York-based porcelain design studio that stands at the forefront of contemporary studio pottery. The firm’s founders, James Klein and David Reid, began collaborating as KleinReid in 1993, hand-making elegant vases, objects, lighting and serving ware, and more recently soft goods, jewelry and limited-edition prints. Their collections have made a significant impact on tabletop and home design, and their New York City atelier is renowned for its elegant forms; confident style; dense, translucent porcelain; artisanal glazes; and fine, “from scratch” craftsmanship. KleinReid’s pieces have been shown extensively in gallery and museum exhibitions and retail in design stores and stylish boutiques worldwide. KleinReid have designed collections for prestigious firms including Herman Miller, Dansk and Room&Board and have been profiled in national and international shelter, fashion and design periodicals and on television.

James Klein
received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1993 and his BFA from the University of Akron in 1991.

David Reid received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1992 and his BFA from the University of Akron in 1990.