David Eichelberger July 11-15

David Eichelberger
Inch by Inch, Pinching with Porcelain
July 11 – 15

All levels, some handbuilding experience helpful.

In this workshop, David will present new techniques for constructing functional and sculptural vessels using mid-range porcelain clay. By adding a small amount of cotton fiber to the clay, traditional handbuilding techniques can be challenged, and some of porcelain’s more taxing characteristics can be overcome, while maintaining the beauty of this clay. Putting process before product, the class will investigate simple and effective bisque molds, and thick-slab and pinching construction methods. Test pieces will be made for experimentation with a variety of surface treatments including image generation and application, sgraffito, slip transfer, and basic decals. Dry work will be bisqued, and glaze tests fired.


David Eichelberger received his BFA from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a resident artist at The EnergyXchange, Bakersville, NC, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN, and the Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC. Among his awards and grants are an American Craft Council Award of Excellence, and an NCECA International Residency Grant to Australian National University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia where he lives with his wife, Elisa di Feo, who is also a potter and with whom he collaborates, and their 3 daughters. David worked at Santa Fe Clay as our Warehouse Manager from 2002-2004!

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