University of Wyoming professor Margaret Haydon, who is known for her dynamic, fluid ceramic pieces inspired by nature, will be teaching a ceramics workshop at the Teton Arts Studio in the middle of January.
Part of Teton Arts’ visiting artist workshop series, the two-day course will introduce students to more advanced ceramics techniques, with a focus on decoration. Haydon will demonstrate combining cast and thrown forms, wax and sgraffito (a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color) processes on leather hard forms, screen printing underglaze, and Xerox image transfer.
Teton Arts executive director Greg Meyers said that while the arts council usually offers a couple adult workshops per year, recently he has been so focused on children’s programming that workshops were on the back burner. Now he’s pleased to offer more opportunities for adult artists.
“I’m really excited to see her work,” Meyers said of Haydon. A pottery pro himself, Meyers is looking forward to taking part in the workshop. “It’ll be great to hang out and learn from someone outside of our little valley.”
Haydon earned her MFA in ceramics from San Francisco State University and has worked as an artist and teacher in Colorado and Wyoming since 1991. Her pieces represent current environmental change and the impact it’s having on the natural world. She focused for years on the endangered sturgeon but also features other species, like bats and bees, in her art. She combines art with fieldwork, following naturalists into the wilds to better understand their objects of study.
“With this work I hope to spark a broader thoughtfulness about the impact we are having on our physical environment,” she wrote in her artist statement.
A Teton Arts board member is friends with Haydon and invited her out to Driggs for the workshop.
“They got her all set up with lodging, and she’ll get to ski while she’s here,” Meyers said. “Everyone wins.”
The workshop is on Jan. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $80 for members of Teton Arts and $100 for non-members. The cost includes most materials.