Two sculptural pots by Mr. Clark

Bringing Sculpture into Functional Pots

Date: April 8-9, 2017 (Spring Semester)
Medium: Ceramics
Instructor: Ben Clark
Skill Level: All

This workshop will help students see the potter’s wheel in a different way by pulling the focus of wheel throwing away from traditional cylinder and bowl forms. The wheel is just another tool and can be used to quickly make amazing sculptural pieces. Anyone with wheel experience can create landscape based serving dishes and textured bottles with relative ease. Let your imagination run wild and change the way you use the wheel forever!

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.


Supply List

Students will need to have basic wheel throwing tools which include

  • towel
  • water bucket
  • texture tools from the kitchen (anything people want to press into clay for texture) like a fork, meat tenderizer, spatula with hole pattern, wooden spoon, etc.
  • hair dryer or heat gun
  • small paint brush - 2 to 4 inches wide

Students will also need to purchase a chatter tool from the instructor (cost: $5). This tool, used to apply texture to pots, is not found anywhere else.


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $45-60*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Ben Clark was born in Richmond, Indiana and began his ceramics career as a freshman at DePauw University under the direction of David Herrold in 1995. He completed his MFA at Wichita State University in 2002 with a focus in Ceramics and Sculpture. After graduation Ben apprenticed under the professional potter Scott Shafer in Centerville, Indiana. In 2004, when Ben moved to Cincinnati, he began work with the non-profit Happen Inc. doing art outreach in the Tri-state area. After starting a family, Ben became the Education Director for Funke Fired Arts, which was a large public art studio in the Hyde Park area of Cincinnati. On January 1st, 2016 Ben purchased Funke Fired Arts and changed the name to Queen City Clay.

Ben is also an Adjunct Professor at Northern Kentucky University. He lives with his wife and three children in Mt. Washington.