2 day – hand building with molds and forms – with Suzanne Wang

2 day –  handbuilding  with molds and forms.  CANCELLED

A hands on clay workshop with Suzanne Wang

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Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2019

From: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (With 1 hour Lunch Break)

Workshop Description:

Expand your vocabulary of forms using foam molds and patterns with Big Island ceramicist, Suzanne Wang.  Suzanne will demonstrate slab plates and dishes using drape styrofoam molds and fabrics.  The use of patterns will also be shown to assist with the molds. Finished examples will be available to study.  The importance of proper handbuilding technique and repetition will be emphasized to result in a series of quality pieces which looks and feels consistent.  Important factors such as air bubble/warpage prevention and structural integrity in joining will be addressed.  We will also explore surface treatments, including the use of slips and textured fabrics.


Students will be given foam blocks and taught how to create their own mold forms which they can keep for future use. Depending on their level of experience, students can choose to make a plate, serving dish, or slab vessel made from their mold.  The second day will be spent continuing on students’ work and finishing pieces.  Final pieces will be fired and glazed after the workshop ends.  (We will have a glaze sign up sheet for you to come back to glaze your creations)



Instructor bio:

Born in Taiwan and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Suzanne Wang received her MFA in Scene Design from New York University and spent several years in the east coast and China before moving to the Big Island in 2010. Her past love of pottery was rekindled shortly after arriving to Hilo, where she took up the craft again. Her work is strongly influenced by East Asian aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection. Merging old and new, or folk art sensibilities with the contemporary, she is interested in ceramic sculpture and functional ware. Focusing on form and texture, her work is either thrown and altered, or hand-built out of coils or slab. In 2013, she took a workshop in Kona with master potter Ken Matsuzaki, and assisted him the following year when he returned. This led to an intensive one-year apprenticeship with him in 2016 in Mashiko, Japan.  http://www.suzannewangceramics.com/


$300.00 Tuition fee includes:  

  • 12 pounds = to 1/2 bag of Cone 5 White or Red Clay

  • Bisque & Glaze Firing (We will have a glazing sign up sheet with glaze dates)

  • Use of all community tools, glazes and underglazes

  • Styrofoam (1) 2” X 4’ X 8’ sheet of Polystyrene insulation board

  • Sandpaper

  • Sur-Form Tool

  • Fabric

  • Retractable utility knive

Students should bring:

  • Sharpie marker

  • If available, thin scrap fabrics no smaller than 16” X 16”. Fabrics can be netting, textured fabrics or hemp, as long as it is stretchable and thin. Large pieces of fabric are desirable, and can be cut down to size.

  • Personal clay tools (sponges, fettling knife, scrapers, needle tool, trimming tools) You can borrow HFH tools if you don’t have tools.

  • Apron and/or clothes to get dirty in   



Please review the Registration/Cancellation Policy, Studio Rules and Size Restrictions at the bottom of this page.

To reserve a seat in the next session you must register/pay tuition by Saturday April 27,  2019

Size Restrictions for Pottery

Size restrictions apply to all ceramic pieces. Pieces are limited to 12 inches in all directions.


High Fire Hawaii LLC Registration/Cancellation Policy and Studio Rules

Register Early! Class /Workshops sizes are small.

You are not registered until you have paid in full.   You may pay in person or over the phone.

Tuition may be paid by cash, American Express, Visa, Master Card or Discover. Partial payments, post-dated checks and/or prorating of tuition are not allowed. Coupons and/or discounts do not apply to Special Workshops, Classes or Seminars.

ALL clay and glazes used in our studios must be from High Fire Hawaii LLC. NO EXCEPTIONS

Classes/Workshops that do not reach a minimum enrollment may be cancelled. In the event of class cancellation students will be notified approximately 4 days prior to the scheduled start of class. Full tuition will be refunded if High Fire Hawaii LLC cancels a class.

In the case of cancellation by student 7 days prior to the start date of a class, tuition will be refunded less a $50.00 cancellation fee. Refunds will be paid by check or a credit to your charge card.   No tuition will be refunded for missed classes or cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the scheduled date of class.

High Fire Hawaii LLC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

Our time is valuable. It is the student’s responsibility to attend all classes and pay attention. Students must respect the instructor and the other students. Time and space are limited and make-up sessions would conflict with other scheduled classes. We cannot offer refunds or make-up classes.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Anyone who acts inappropriately may be asked to leave. NO REFUNDS 



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