Embellishment Techniques & Processes for Turned Forms with J Paul Fennell July 29 - August 2, 2019


$825 tuition, $125 material fee
Key Points:
*Learn how subtle changes in the form can enhance the look of the piece
*Exploring various tactile designs from the creative use of an indexing wheel
*Creating tactile elements through carving, piercing and texturing methods
*Use of various rotary and texturing tools and burs
*Enhancing your skills for carving, texturing and piercing
*Gauging wall thickness by using depth drills
*Creating and transferring designs onto three-dimensional surfaces
*Basket weaves, spiral fissures, ribbons and simple geometric shapes
*Make and use simple tools for detailing lines and grooves for texturing

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


In this class students will focus on learning the techniques to apply visual and tactile embellishments on turned vessels. While a portion of the class will involve some lathe turning to explore a sense of good form, the major emphasis will be on developing and exploring decorative techniques for embellishment after the form is completed. To embellish the form, students will learn to create designs that enhance the vessel’s visual and tactile appeal. Decorative techniques will be explored in detail, including carving, texturing, piercing and some basic coloring for emphasis. There will be a strong focus on the process of laying out designs and how designs convey meaning, how to make and creatively use an indexing wheel, as well as various methods of transferring two-dimensional designs onto three-dimensional surfaces. Participants will learn the basic techniques of piercing and carving with various rotary hand pieces, micromotors and power tools, using furnished sample boards. Students will also learn to create tactile elements that are meant to be explored and enjoyed especially by one’s hands. These include scalloped, fluted, faceted and incised elements in various forms.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.