October 9, 2014– Ben Carter Visiting Artist Workshop This workshop focused on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Workshop participants learned methods for throwing with less water to create a softer surface and the use of quick manipulations of form for expressive, gestural pots. Surface design methods included slip decorating, sgraffito and underglaze painting. During the workshop, Carter discussed aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at low fire temperatures, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions of marketing, social media and the changing landscape of contemporary craft left workshop attendees recharged and rejuvenated.