On February 11, 2013, First City Art Center, located at 1060 Guilemard Street, Pensacola, Florida, hosted a Mayco Glaze Workshop for 16 clay potters from the Gulfcoast area and Jacksonville. The workshop was conducted by Denise Ertler, East Coast Workshop Coordinator and Field Representative for Mayco. Mayco is active in NCECA, school conferences and instructs hands-on workshops nationwide.
The goal of First City Pottery Guild was to provide both a fun and informative day for our teachers, students, members and the local community. Mayco provided materials and supplies for several versatile and vivid Mayco glaze techniques while focusing on texture and design. A crowd favorite was stenciling, combining natural stencils and different Mayco specialty glazes. Creativity fulled the room and the results were inspiring. Mayco Cobblestone Specialty Glaze was used along with Stroke & Coat for another fun lesson. Students used these products as instructed, but created their own designs on tiles. The possibilities for future projects using this new information from Mayco is so exciting.
Denise Ertler also brought many new stoneware glazes and samples tiles along. Each student was able to experiment with the stoneware glazes on pieces of their own design that they brought with them. Many of these stoneware glazes can be overlapped to create beautiful new results. ?This workshop ran from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. only breaking briefly for a delicious pot luck lunch. This workshop was very beneficial for clay artist. Companies like Mayco, Amaco, Duncan, Spectrum, etc. have so many different product lines many clay artists don’t know how to use them to get the best results. Workshops like these help educate our current members and students and we are hopeful that they will bring new people to First City Art Center. First City Potters Guild has been so pleased with the support and response on this workshop that we are already working on future workshops.