‘You Can Handle It’ – A Pottery Workshop with Dan Finnegan
Join us for a week-end workshop exploring the use of handles on pots for the home. We’ll start with a slide show Friday evening depicting some of the English country potteries that Dan visited as an apprentice. This is a hands-on workshop and we will do several demos throughout the week-end on the wheel, but focus on pulling handles off the pot, using strap handles on baking dishes and storage jars and throwing handles for casseroles. In his own work Dan uses handles as both a decorative and a functional element and we’ll talk about other ways to think about making and using them.
Friday 7 -9, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 10-5
Tuition: $225 (including lunches, but excluding dinners and lodging)
Additional Information: Dinners are $15 per night – Lodging is available at $50 a night
Register Now by calling the Pottery – 585-554-5463
or Email: pottery @ folkartguild.org
Dan Finnegan made his first pot on the wheel more than 40 years ago. He studied pottery at two more universities before making his way to the Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire, England. As part of Ray Finch’s pottery crew there he assisted in the production of wood-fired ‘domestic ware’ inspired by Michael Cardew, it’s founder.
He returned to the U.S. and set up his first studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1980. Since then Dan has made tens of thousands of useful stoneware pots, most of them sold directly from his studio. For many years he worked in the heart of the historic district and sold his work directly from his studio to friends, neighbors and visitors. In 2001 Dan founded, financed and built an art center in a vacant hardware store on the edge of the historic district. Today, LibertyTown Arts Workshop is home to fifty artists, a pottery school and gallery.
His work is included in a number of collections, museums and publications in the US and UK. It is available at LibertyTown and several other galleries and shows around the country as well as through his online shop. He has authored several articles and writes a popular blog about life as a working potter.
Dan has been a teacher for many years. He has trained a number of potters in his own studio and taught a popular class at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. He often teaches workshops around the country and overseas..
In 2012 he co-founded a new show in Washington, DC. “Pottery on the Hill” is a group of 15 nationally recognized potters selling work in an elegant civil war-era cultural center in the heart of the nation’s capital. In 2013 he sold the art center and now works in a studio deep in the woods next to his 2 chamber wood-fired kiln outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia.