Turning Elegant Vessels with J Paul Fennell May 23 - 27, 2022

about this workshop

In this class students will focus on techniques to turn elegant hollow forms with an additional emphasis on the decorative possibilities after completing the vessel. One of the key elements initially covered is developing a sense of form while turning and learning how subtle changes during the turning process can dramatically change the final look of the vessel. Students will make several pieces for personal comparison. Besides learning effective tool use, everyone will also make and use a simple, small hook tool for hollowing, and a simple diamond pointed embellishing tool. Students will learn the basics of hollowing the vessel using their own tools as well as the instructor’s own boring bars and hook tools which can be easily made. Another key element of the class is exploring in detail various decorative techniques, including carving, texturing, and piercing.

A tool used for creating lines and grooves will be made in class with materials provided. There will be a strong focus on the process of laying out designs and how to make and creatively use an indexing wheel. Methods of transferring designs onto three-dimensional surfaces will be shown using both a grid system and with frisket materials, to make unique and personal work. Students will explore the design possibilities and learn the basic techniques of piercing, carving and texturing, using high-speed NSK tools, rotary micromotors and other power tools. Some previous knowledge of turning hollow forms is recommended, but not mandatory.

Unique Instructor J Paul Fennell

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$895 tuition + $90 materials

Key Points:
*Gain an understanding of the importance of form
*Learn how subtle changes in the form can enhance the look of the piece
*Simple methods for finishing the bottom of the piece
*Enhancing skills for carving, texturing and piercing
*Exploring designs from the creative use of an indexing wheel
*Creating and transferring designs on three-dimensional surfaces

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Turning Elegant Vessels with J Paul Fennell May 23 - 27, 2022


Availability: Open

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