with Akira Satake

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
September 15, 16, 17

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Fee: $500 for three day workshop and materials
Location: The NEW* Pottery Studio

Please bring a lunch each day

Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan, and has been living in the U.S. since 1983. For him, the act of creation is a collaboration between himself, the clay and the fire, which means finding what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through natural forces.

He will lead a hands on workshop involving both the handbuilding and throwing techniques he uses to make his tea ceremony bowls, teapots, ikebana vases, sculptural objects and more.

Participants will learn how to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world. Some techniques that will be demonstrated are:

brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces
applying a coating of clay mixed with sand onto the surface of wheel thrown or hand built pieces and then altering them
mixing air and other materials into the clay body and then tearing off the clay and/or cutting with a wire to create the shapes
He will share his experience and knowledge in a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic. Participants will gain insight into finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of "wabi-sabi", and the importance of "ma" -- the space in between.


1st day:
Making slabs and applying kohiki slip.
Making yunomi, guinomi and chawan using the technique of applying a soft clay and sand mixture to the surfaces of the pieces.

2nd day:
Stretching kohiki slabs and shaping the pieces.
Wire cutting, stretching and tearing chunks of clay to build sculptural pieces.

3rd day:
Making kohiki pieces, such as tea pots and sculptural works.
Finish assembling all pieces.

Enrollment at capacity 


Tom Maley Life Drawing

Day: Tuesdays

September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 9:30 - 11:30AM
Location: Art Barn Drawing Studio
Fee: $15 per meeting

This group met for many years at the home of Tom Maley and now they meet at Featherstone for two hours each Tuesday morning. New participants are welcome. This is a figure drawing session, open to the public. There is no instruction. Participants paint or draw as they wish. 

No registration necessary


 Featherstone Uke Jam

        Days: Wednesdays

        September 6, 13, 20, 27
        October 4, 11, 18, 25
        November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
        December 6, 13, 20, 27

        Time: 7:00 - 9:00PM
        Location: The Pebble
        Fee: Free

Come learn how to play the ukulele in a relaxed, fun atmosphere! Play along with the group and enjoy refreshments and lots of laughs! Just bring your uke, or any other instrument and have a great time!

No registration necessary


Tapestry for Continuing Students: Intermediate and Advanced
with Julia Mitchell

Day: Monday

September: 11, 18, 25
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
Location: New Pottery Studio - Studio #2
Fee: $35 per class

Continuing students receive instruction according to their respective levels, including designing for tapestry, advanced techniques, finishing, and installation of a finished piece. Students are encouraged to work on their projects at home during the week. Students supply their own looms, yarns and tools, and those of Featherstone. Students supply drawing and note pads, pencils (colored and graphite), eraser, scissors, ruler, photos and other printed material, tape, colored paper, interesting objects, etc. for preliminary design purposes.

Tapestry for Beginning Students: Novice and Beginner
with Julia Mitchell

Day: Tuesday

September: 12, 19, 26
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: New Pottery Studio - Studio #2
Fee: $35 per class

Beginning weavers will learn, weaving a sampler, the basics of tapestry including techniques, choice of appropriate materials, design considerations, the history of the medium and current trends. Frame looms and yarns are provided for the duration of the class, and students who wish to continue may purchase the looms at cost from Featherstone.

Students are asked to bring paper and pens/pencils for note taking and drawing, scissors, a dinner fork or tapestry beater, a ruler, and any materials and images that they find inspiring and would like to share with the class.

More Fall Classes 2017
Coming soon!