Clay Class: Slip Trailing, Decorating, and Throwing Techniques by Nicole Hummel


The Clay Studio is proud to present a class with Nicole Hummel who will be demonstrating throwing, slip trailing, and decoration techniques.

Enjoy hand-building exercises to open up creative possibilities.  Learn Nicole’s special slip trailing techniques and watch her wheel-throwing demos.

Participants will have the chance to practice these techniques, leaving with some new inspiration for their own work.

Experience:  None.  Novices and seasoned potters are welcome.

Limited to 12 participants.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

About Nicole Marie Hummel:

I was first introduced to clay at the Folk Art Guild, a residential artist community in Western New York, where I began an apprenticeship in 2011. Continuing a lineage of Folk Art Guild craftspeople, I was trained on the wheel to throw a variety of functional forms, and learned every step of the process from making clay and glazes, to building and firing kilns. I continued on for five years as one of the resident Guild potters, making work in our community studio using the Folk Art Guild stamp.

In 2017, I moved back to the West Coast to Eugene, Oregon, and began my own studio making and selling my pottery around the Pacific Northwest. I wheel-throw functional pottery, and like to explore texture and form in the construction, decoration, and firing of the work. I search for organic and spontaneous surfaces that are elegant and whimsical using slip trailing and crackle slips. Much of my work is fired in wood kilns across the state of Oregon.

My education in ceramics has been deepened through residencies and workshops at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. My work has been exhibited in “Future of the Finger Lakes Emerging Artist Exhibition” in Vine Valley, NY in 2013 and 2014, and “The Almighty Cup Show” by the Gandee Gallery in Fayetteville, NY in 2015. I was also the Emerging Artist at the Western New York Pottery Festival in 2014. My work was selected for inclusion in “Strictly Functional” in 2016, I was represented by the Gandee Gallery at NCECA in 2017, and I was chosen as the 2017 Emerging Artist at “Best of the Northwest,” put on by the Northwest Art Alliance.

Nicole’s ceramics will be featured in the Hoffman Gallery through August.