WASSAIC, NY— This April, The Wassaic Project is offering a ceramic intensive for youth and a Raku intensive for adults. Both classes are available to the public and all levels are encouraged to sign up for either course.

From Sunday, April 9 till Sunday, April 16, The Wassaic Project will be holding a Raku intensive taught by Peter Fulop and Wassaic artist alumni, Brigitta Varadi. This workshop will explore the art and craft of the raku firing technique. Raku means “joy and gathering” in Japanese, and the technique was developed in the 16th century by a Japanese Tea Master. During the week-long Raku course, students will learn techniques to create their own ceramic objects (slab, coiled, pinched, thrown and carved). They will also learn glazing and surface decoration and the way of raku firing. The workshop will focus on guiding participants toward a personal aesthetic that reflects their own creative motivations, developing strong interactions between form, surface and the raku technique. There will be daily demonstrations and discussions. All levels are welcome to sign up for this course. Different class options are available, including an all-inclusive stay which includes housing in a private room, work space, all meals, basic tools, and clay. Students can attend the week-long workshop without room and board, or attend over the weekend to glaze and fire their own pieces. The Wassaic Project is also offering a special discount to college students who would like to attend the full week.

The ceramic intensive for youth is offered from Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14th. This immersive hands-on workshop focuses on clay and is taught by ceramist and educator Jhanna Kosicki and Wassaic Print Fellow Keely Snook. Children will learn hand-building methods such as pinch pots, coil building, and slump molds. Students will explore different methods of making their own stamps using various objects (food, trees, fabric, etc.) and carving techniques. This workshop is offered for children ages 10-14, snacks and drinks are provided but students must bring a bagged lunch. The cost of the workshop is $150 but scholarships are available, with preference given to Webutuck students. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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THE WASSAIC PROJECT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2008 in the heart of the historic hamlet of Wassaic, NY. The Project uses art and arts education to foster positive social change. We nurture connections between our artists and our neighbors facilitating a mutual broadening of perspectives and respect across economic and cultural boundaries. Programming is year round and features an annual Summer Exhibition in the Maxon Mills, a repurposed seven-story grain elevator; a year-round free drop-in arts space for kids, the Art Nest; an artist-in-residence program with monthly open studios; and ongoing community and education programs. In addition, the Wassaic Project partners with local public schools and community organizations to further engage with its communities.

For further information and to make a contribution, please connect with the Wassaic Project at,, twitter and Instagram @wassaicproject or contact:
The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road (mailing PO Box 220)
Wassaic NY 12592

Author: Harlem Valley News