Visiting Artist: Ruchika Madan

Saturday, May 18, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:00pm


VISITING ARTIST: Ruchika Madan: Surface & Pattern, Design & Technique

Saturday, May 18, 10am – 4 pm

Tuition: $150.00, members $75.00

Looking at a beautifully layered surface may not easily reveal the combined elements used to create the depth and richness of the final effect. In this workshop Ruchi will break down the techniques she uses in her work to develop a pattern or surface design. She will walk through some complex surfaces to parse out the individual techniques, and demonstrate the methods and materials used. Students will have the opportunity to try out various elements on their own work. We will discuss the process of testing and evaluating results, understanding the nature of each material, and developing a personal library of surface ideas.

Demonstrations and discussions will cover incising, carving, sgraffito, slip decoration (brushing, trailing, stencils, inlay), resist, underglazes, glazes and transfers.



Ruchika was Mudflat’s Artist in Residence, 2000-2001.

Ruchika has been working primarily in clay as a studio potter and tile maker, and teaching ceramics for the past 20 years. She earned a BFA degree from Maine College of Art and was in the Post- Baccalaureate Program at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She has sold and exhibited her work through fine craft galleries and exhibitions as well as retail shows, and also specializes in custom tile work.

“My work is made from white stoneware and porcelain clay using a variety of forming techniques. These include wheel-throwing, slab-building and slip-casting. I choose strong clean forms, with soft corners and planes for experimentation with line drawing, texture and color. The surface is created by incising and carving, and brushing, stenciling, and trailing slip. Using a variety of glaze and underglaze materials, I can vary the line quality. By applying the glazes to selected areas with a brush, some areas can be shiny, while others remain softly matte. All pieces are oxidation-fired to cone 6.”


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