June 10 - 13, 2015

The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts is excited to host our second Potters' Retreat.  This June our presenters will be Ben Carter, Chandra DeBuse and Kathy King.

Come to the beautiful grounds of Mt. St. Francis for this amazing three day workshop experience. Not only will each artist work independently, but the three will work together, interacting and exchanging stories and insights into their lives as working artists. This workshop is designed to be a true retreat, set on the 450 acres grounds, you will be recharged by the community of fellow artists and the land around you. Meals will be provided on site by the Mount's two professional chefs and rooms are available on site. Come and experience this fantastic retreat.







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This demonstration only workshop will showcase each artists’ work, focusing on their approach to the surface and decoration. The intimate and personal talks with each artist will give insight into their process and the unique approach each of them take to their work.


Ben Carter will demonstrate quick manipulations of soft wheel thrown clay to create expressive pitcher, bowl, and cup forms.  He will also cover decorating with deflocculated slip and techniques for drawing on clay, including sgraffito, wax resists, and underglaze painting.


Chandra DeBuse will demonstrate how she designs unique and personal pottery forms using simple and inexpensive materials, such as plywood and craft foam.  In addition to handbuilding, Chandra will share techniques used to alter wheel-thrown work and to create multiple parts for building narrative pots.

Chandra will share her surface decoration techniques, which include sprigging, stamping, freehand drawing, underglaze inlay, sgraffito, and the use of wax resist to create a layered and colorful surface.


Kathy King will demostrate how to center on building a personal vocabulary of imagery while considering methods of composition of that imagery onto the wheel-thrown and hand built ceramic form.  With humor as a tool to create narratives within her work, King will introduce some non-traditional ideas about function and methods of storytelling.   She will carve through slip-colored clay (sgraffito) and will showcase other methods on leather-hard clay with transfer techniques such as decals, silk-screening, resist printing from a photocopy and block-printing images onto clay.  In addition, glaze techniques that will enhance surface work will be demonstrated. 


Ben Carter


Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark. From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China.


He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows. In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. To view an online portfolio of his functional pottery please visit www.carterpottery.com.

Chandra DeBuse


Chandra DeBuse is a full-time studio potter and educator in Kansas City, MO.  Originally from a tiny town in Nebraska, Chandra DeBuse grew up drawing and sketching the world around her.  She earned a degree in psychology before discovering her love for making pottery during a community class in 1998.  After studying ceramics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, she completed her MFA from the University of Florida in 2010.  Chandra has completed artist residencies at the Armory Art Center (FL), Arrowmont (TN), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT) and Watershed (ME).   Chandra has been named an Emerging Artist through the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA, 2012) and also was named an emerging artist in the May 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine.

Chandra has taught workshops at many institutions such as Northern Clay Center (MN), Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Arrowmont (TN), Mudfire (GA), the “Handbuilt for CERF+” Conference (PA), and at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (Greece).  Chandra’s playful forms and narrative pottery is in numerous private and permanent collections and can be seen at www.chandradebuse.com.


Kathy King


Kathy is currently an active studio artist in the Boston area and is an Instructor and the Director of Education at the Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard in Allston, MA and is a Part Time Faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.   She has also held positions at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA.  She held the position of Associate Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia until 2007.  Her undergraduate work included the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and she received her BA in Studio Art with a major in Ceramics from Connecticut College, New London, CT in 1990.  She received her MFA from University of Florida in Gainesville, FL in 1998.  She has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the USA. 


The National Council on Education  for the Ceramic Arts has featured King as an Emerging Artist in 1999, a Demonstrating Artist in 2002 and most recently a co-juror with Mark Burns for the 2012 National Student Juried Show.   Her work has been featured in Confrontational Ceramics by Judith Schwartz, Sex Pots by Paul Mathieu, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin A. Hulch, 500 Plates and Chargers and 500 Prints on Clay by Lark Books, Teapots Transformed by Leslie Ferrin and Handbuilt Tableware by Kathy Triplett.   Her work can also be found in numerous periodicals including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, Clay Times, Art Papers and Ceramics Monthly.  She can be contacted via www.kathykingart.com.


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