Surface Exploration and Development

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Surface Exploration and Development
with Jessica Wilson

Three-Day Workshop  |   July 17-19, 2020  |  All Levels  |  Ceramics Studio  |  10am-4pm

This workshop will focus on development and exploration of surface treatments such as sgraffito, mishima, shellac resist, paper resist, image transfer, slip trailing, decals, lithography printing on clay and glaze application. Students will learn these techniques as well as execute them building their own vocabulary on their own forms. The workshop will start with wheel and handwork creation of forms.

Please bring a lunch.

Tuition: $350.00 – clay and firings included

Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

​Through my glazing palette composed of pattern, incising and relief I create complex layers on my ceramic forms.  Using multiple techniques such as: shellac resist, sandblasting, acid etching, and hand carving, I strive to create a rich surface, comprised of imagery, beauty and complexity.


  • MFA with Honors- Ceramics

     Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

  • RISD Graduate Fellowship Collegiate Teaching Certificate

     Brown University, Providence, RI

     (Year long program in reflective teaching practices with seminars, workshops, micro-teaching session, and teaching  consultation videotape.)

  • BFA with Honors- Ceramics

     The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


  • Promising Artist Award-Philadelphia College of Art and Design Student Award

  • Zeldin Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Ceramics

  • William Daley Studio Achievement in Crafts Award

  • Eastech Chemical Company Award for Excellence in Ceramics


  • Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN/ Appalachian Center for Craft, TTU satellite campus

    • Assistant Professor of Ceramics August 2018-present

      • Instruct 9 credit hours per semester in:

        • Introduction to Ceramics

        • Introduction to Wheel Throwing

        • Intermediate Handbuilding

        • Advanced Ceramics

        • 3D Design

        • Special Topics: Kiln Building

      • Senior thesis committees

  • Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

    • Summer workshop instructor- week long Educator Training- July 2019

  • Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM

    • Assistant Professor of Ceramics August 2013-May 2017

      • Instruct 12 credit hours per semester in:

        • Appreciation of Clay

        • Clay II-Clay IV-Wheel throwing and hand building- beginner to advanced ceramics courses

        • Independent Study/Directed Study: Ceramic sculpture

        • BFA Portfolio- Development of portfolio, resume, cover letter, artist statement, artist bio

        • Seminar- Lecture course on contemporary art/art practices

      • Expressive Arts Representative for College of Arts and Sciences Vision and Goals Committee

      • Faculty representative for WNMU Salary and Benefits Committee

      • Faculty representative for WNMU Curriculum Development Committee

      • Faculty representative for WNMU Education Development Committee

      • Art Club Advisor

  • State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice Campus, FL

    • Adjunct Ceramics Instructor 2007 – 2013

      • Instruct 4-6 classes each semester in:

        • Clay I- Beginner hand building

        • Clay II- Beginner wheel throwing

        • Advanced Hand Building

        • Advanced Wheel throwing

      • Organize Annual College-wide ceramics sale to incorporate a portion of benefits to Breast Cancer Awareness

      • Serve as SCF Venice Campus Art Club Co-Advisor

      • Supervise Lab Assistant and Student Assistant staff

  • Eckerd College-Program for Experienced Learners, St. Petersburg, FL

    • Adjunct Ceramics Instructor 2007 – 2011

      • Instruct 2-3 courses each semester on both St. Petersburg and Dunedin Campus in:

        • Wheel throwing

        • Hand building

        • Ceramic sculpture

        • Alternative firing

      • Faculty member on senior thesis committees

  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

      Ceramics Instructor/Technician, Graduate Assistantship 2003-2005

  • Taught introductory courses in ceramics five of six semesters at RISD

Student Materials List

Multiple Brushes

Multiple Small Carving Tools

Basic throwing and handbuilding tools


Xerox copies of images that you would like to transfer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation/Refund Policy: The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all money paid will be refunded in full.