workshops and experiences

EXPERIENCES
We offer small groups an opportunity to explore a hands-on art experience in the ceramics or paper arts, from girlfriend get togethers to an employee work based retreat. If interested call us and we can talk possibilities.

WORKSHOPS
 to sign-up for workshops e-mail or call us and we will send you a registration form

quick calendar details below
paste papers March 31, Saturday
clay workshop April 7, 14, 21, 28 Saturdays
western marbling on paper April 29, Sunday
paper arts: paper making and surface design July 10, 17, 24 – Tuesday’s
clay workshop July 13, 20, 27, August 3 Fridays
In the field: A natural fiber professional papermaking workshopJune 18 – 22

paste papers March 31, Saturday 
1:00pm – 3:30 CSTsaturday
$75.00, all materials provided
Paste paper is a unique process of brushing pigmented wheat/rice paste onto a damp piece of paper. You will create beautiful patterned papers either freehand, stenciled or using an assortment of odd tools by pulling the paste from the sheet. They will be works of art or can be used in combination with the collage process, book arts , card design, etc. We will be using a variety of hand made and machine made papers for this process. No experience is necessary.

clay workshop April 7, 14, 21, 28 Saturdays
9:30- 12:30 CST
$385.00, all materials included
Ceramic artist Jon Hook, will lead you through wheel throwing and hand building techniques in which you will explore functional and sculptural works of your interest. Several examples of professional works and class demonstrations will provide an introduction to materials, tools and processes. Traditional glazes and local plant ash glazes will be used. All work will be fired in a renewable resource kiln- wood fired with used fryer oil assist. This class is for beginners and beyond.
Jon Hook has been working with clay for over thirty years with an emphasis on sustainable and renewable techniques. He has received two Indiana State grants focusing on renewable energies by creating a wood fired kiln assisted by used fryer oil and developing ash glazes from local plants.

western marbling on paper April 29, Sunday
1:00pm – 3:30 CST Sunday
$90.00, all materials included
Western marbling is a traditional technique of floating pigment on a surface of thickened water and creating a pattern using a variety of marbling combs and styluses. The beautiful colors and swirling designs are stunning. Using the same traditional process learn the very basics of western marbling, the tools and materials. We will create the basic patterns and experiment with the more difficult ones. We will discuss an easy home set-up and you will use a variety of paper choices. No experience is necessary.

paper arts: paper making and surface design July 10, 17, 24 – Tuesday’s
9:00am – 12:00 CST Tuesday’s
$285, all materials included
The first week you will experience the basics of papermaking with high quality archival fibers – cotton rag and abaca. Using these papers and others the following weeks you will create unique surfaces. We will explore suminagashi (eastern marbling), and paste papers. We will finish each class with a unique book structure.

clay workshop July 13, 20, 27, August 3 Fridays
9:00am- 12:00 CST
$385.00, all materials included
Ceramic artist Jon Hook, will lead you through wheel throwing and hand building techniques in which you will explore functional and sculptural works of your interest. Several examples of professional works and class demonstrations will provide an introduction to materials, tools and processes. Traditional glazes and local plant ash glazes will be used. All work will be fired in a renewable resource kiln- wood fired with used fryer oil assist. This class is for beginners and beyond.
Jon Hook has been working with clay for over thirty years with an emphasis on sustainable and renewable techniques. He has received two Indiana State grants focusing on renewable energies by creating a wood fired kiln assisted by used fryer oil and developing ash glazes from local plants.

In the field: A natural fiber professional papermaking workshop
Date: June 18 – 22
Natural fiber paper making is the process of taking a plant/raw fiber and transforming it into pulp to be made into beautiful handmade sheets as production runs. This course is designed to experience and understand all aspects of natural fiber paper making. We will be examining sources of materials, which plants to choose, why and complete identification. We will be looking at the ideas of growing, wildcrafting, and other collection methods, as well as storage of dry fiber. We will be using multi cooking solutions based on the fiber’s need and sustainable techniques. We will examine beating methods for sheet function and aesthetics in the final sheets. We will discuss and utilize a variety of additives such as sizing, pigment and calcium carbonate. Sheet forming will be executed western style with a few different mould types. We will investigate drying possibilities and equipment for paper to achieve particular results. Fibers that will be processed fresh daffodil leaf fiber, winter collected field retted cattail, farm by product wheatstraw and millet straw, garlic leaves last year’s harvest and sisal a grass fiber from a collected resource.
Wholistically the class will look at the flow of the studio, equipment pros and cons, sustainable possibilities (energy reuse) and ergonomic choices within the work area.
Schedule:
Monday evening 6pm – 8pm
get together for a wood fired pizza dinner and tour the farm and studios
Tuesday – Friday workshop 9:00am – 4pm with a lunch break
Fee:  $925.00
$200 non-refundable deposit due April 20th, 2018
rest of payment due May 15th, 2018
Add on fees if applicable: shipping paper back $30.00
box lunch option for 4 days (omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan) $30.00
Register:  please email and let us know you are interested we will send you a waiver that must accompany your deposit
The area: We are located on the border of Indiana and Michigan. The closest town is New Buffalo, Michigan – 6 miles from us. This is a tiny resort town located on Lake Michigan. This is a great area to vacation with family and friends – let them go to the beach all day as we toil away in the studio.
Lodging: This is a resort area in the summer. We suggest finding lodging sooner than later. It is not unheard of to book 6- 8 months in advance. These are the links that should help you find the right place. Some of the air bnb’s places house many people and we can connect workshop participants.Harbor country,  Laporte County Tourism ,  air bnb
We will provide a transport shuttle during the week from downtown New Buffalo to the farm from the local coffee shop.
Transportation
Plane:
The nearest major airport is O’Hare in Chicago. There are many car rental options. We are 2 hours from the airport. From O’Hare you can grab a bus called Coach USA which will drop you off in Michigan City, IN. We can shuttle you from this bus stop to your lodging as long as you are lodging in the New Buffalo, MI area.
Car: mapquest our address: 756 WEST 900 North, LAPORTE, IN 46350
Train: There is an Amtrack station in downtown New Buffalo, MI
Boat: New Buffalo, MI marina