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Visiting Artist Workshop with Dr. Maggie Connolly: Understanding Porcelain–SOLD OUT

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Dr. Maggie Connolly will be at ICCGS to teach a workshop about throwing, trimming and altering porcelain on the wheel. She will cover traditional techniques such as: throwing off the hump and trimming on a chuck, as well as give tips on how to work with porcelain–the ficklest of clays.  Students will have the opportunity to work hands-on with porcelain and develop a physical understanding of porcelain’s unique properties. No prior experience is needed.

Date:  Saturday, April 6th

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $75/person, $67.50 for 2024 Friends of the Center


Workshop Timeline:

9:00-12:00 – Working with Porcelain on the Wheel: Maggie will demo specialized wheel techniques focused on working with Porcelain.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch Break

1:00-4:00 –  Trimming on the Wheel in Porcelain  & Hands-On porcelain lesson.  Create a unique bud vase with porcelain to develop a better understanding of the unique physical characteristic of porcelain.

Students will need to bring: notebook, basic handbuilding tools

Students will receive: 5 pounds of porcelain for the hands-on learning portion of the workshop. All projects will be fired at the Center and cleared glazed (students are welcome to take their projects home at the end of the day if they do not want the Center to fire their project.)

About the Artist: Maggie graduated with an MFA in ceramic design from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and was the first American to do so. Maggie then graduated with a Ph. D in studio ceramics from Tokyo University of the Fine Arts. Maggie then became an Artist in Residence at Arrowmont in 2019-2020.  She currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee with a focus on wood fired porcelain.

You can see Maggie’s work at the following links:  www.caoyustudio.com

Pre-registration online is required for classes and most workshops.  Kids ages 8 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.  Students’ work will be available for pickup 3 weeks after the end of their session/workshop. Please note that you will not be emailed or called to pick up your work.  All remaining projects will be discarded after 60 days.

What to wear: Students must wear closed toed shoes for safety and ceramic wheel students should wear clothes they do not mind getting messy. 

Cancellation policy: ICCGS reserves the right to cancel sessions due to the minimum enrollment not being met.  In that event, participants will be notified and credit for a future class/workshop credit will be given in the form of a certificate.  Participants may cancel their session for future class credits 7 days/ 1 week before the class/workshop begins.  You may email us at [email protected] about your cancellation.

Weather:  If your workshop is scheduled to be outside, you will be given the option to work inside, or take home a project.

All classes and workshops are held at: Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, located in the NewBo district in the Cherry Building at 329 10th Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The center is located on the first floor in Suite 117.  Please enter the building through the 10th Avenue side of the building.


April 6
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio
329 10th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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