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Cob Bench Construction

Help us finish the Cob bench so we can all relax under the trees in the sculpture garden and enjoy nature, family, friends & foods baked in the connected cob built pizza oven!

August 19th & 20th 9am – 4pm

Come on Saturday and/or Sunday.

We’ll be there rain or shine.

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It is FREE to participate, but there will be MUD!!! The desire to get dirty is a requirement.

Cob building gets its name from the Old English term for “lump,” which refers to the lumps of clay-rich soil that were mixed with straw and then stomped into place to create earthen walls. Before coal and oil made transportation cheap, houses were built from whatever materials were close at hand. In places where timber was scarce, the building material most available was often the soil underfoot.

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Wood Kiln Firing

Next firings September 8th – 10th & October 13th – 15th

The Tyler Park Arts Manabigama (Japanese for “beautiful learning kiln”) is a single chamber wood kiln designed to be efficient, and give beautiful results. The kiln reaches Cone 10 over a firing of 24 hours. A diverse range of atmospheric and ash glaze effects are achieved in this relatively short firing time.

Community firings are split into “Shares”. One share is 4 cubic feet, about the size of a 30 gallon plastic tote full of work.

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Firing Schedule:

Participants may glaze and and work the Friday before the firing. Loading the Kiln will begin 9AM. The door should be closed up by 3 and we will start firing at that time. We will start with a small camp fire, and build a coal bed. 555601_560507977336602_52685566_nFiring will last for around 24 hours and we will divide the work stoking into 5 hr shifts.

The Unloading with be the following Thursday when the kiln is cool. We will clean and wash the kiln shelves and sweep out the kiln firebox for the next firing.

Community Firings

  • Clay Type: All clay must be made from Cone 10 Stoneware or Porcelain. Recommended clays are Laguna B-Mix Wood, 750 and Standard Clays 119, 508, 437
  • Limit Per Firing: 8 full shares, 4 cubic feet, about the size of a 30 gallon plastic tote full of work per share.
  • Shifts: Participants must sign up for shifts stoking the kiln during glazing on Friday, or Saturday as the kiln is being loaded.
  • Firing Supervisor: Nathan Willever will lead firings and instruct glazing, loading the kiln and stoking patterns.
  • Provided with your share: Flashing Slip, Glazes, Wadding, Cones, Wood, Firing leader.

Price: 180$ per full share 90$ per half share.
Please register below – and bring your willingness to experiment!

Questions & Information
Nathan Willever
woodkiln@tylerparkarts.org
603-828-9476

To sign up for a firing, or to get information about the kiln, complete the registration form below or contact Nate. Payment must be received no less than 3 weeks prior to firing date to reserve your space. If you prefer to pay by check, it can be made payable to Tyler Park Center for the Arts can be mailed to TPCA Wood Kiln 10 Stable Mill Trail, Richboro PA 18954 along with printed registration from confirmation email.

Time slots are 5 hours long, actual stoking time is 4 hours. You will be observing for the first and last half hours of your scheduled time. This observation time is important as it informs the new stokers of everything they need to know about the kiln and its progress. This observation process is for everyone, even if you are a seasoned stoker.

Please note, signing up for a time slot is a commitment! You must arrive on time and stay the entire shift. We will always have enough people per shift as to be considerate of physical limitations. Stoking is calmer and the atmosphere is cooler during the first three shifts.

Private Rental & Mentored Workshops: Fully mentored group workshops are available. This is a great option for guilds and groups of potters who want to be fully involved in the process of firing their work. Participants arrive with their bisqued and glazed ware. Each member of the group will be guided through the processes of wadding their work, loading the kiln, bricking up the door, firing the kiln, unloading the kiln, and cleaning their work.

Current cost for renting the entire kiln is $1500. We ask for a 400$ security deposit when signing up for a date.

Please contact Nathan Willever at woodkiln@tylerparkarts.org to schedule a firing date.

Nathan Willever was raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine. Nathan was a student of multiple artists during workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He has taught numerous classes and workshops on functional pottery at institutions such as The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, and Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. Nathan is currently a studio potter and educator living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Pysanky – Hand-Decorated Eggs w/ Basia Andrusko

Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Workshops

Explore the art, symbolism and joy in creating Pysanky.

Halloween Eggs: October 26th

Thanksgiving Eggs: November 16th

Christmas Egg Ornaments: December 7th

6 – 9pm Ages 12 & up – 30$ + $10 material fee to instructor

Each workshop participant will create a unique and beautiful egg ornament!

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You will be guided through all the steps of transforming a plain egg into a work of art. Adult and/or teen students will learn the age old Ukrainian method of Pysanky, decorating eggshells. We will apply a series of melted beeswax and dyes to create traditional star patterns. When complete, the wax is melted off, revealing the vivid colors. Students will have the option of turning their Pysanky into a unique Seasonal ornaments.

Materials (eggs, stylus, dyes, wax…) and instruction will be provided to make one or two Pysanky.
Kits will also be available for purchase, so that students can continue to make Pysanky and wax-resist batik-style eggs at home, for all seasons and occasions.

Workshop $30  + $10 material fee to instructor

Basia  has been writing Pysanky for over four decades, gathering in the kitchen during Lent to carry on the Ukrainian tradition.
She finds the creation process very soothing and meditative, and look forward to the moment of melting off the wax to reveal the design.
She writes pysanky with traditional patterns, but also enjoys creating egg art with fresh interpretations and original designs (like my beach-inspired seashell patterns).

They make great gifts, especially to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, new home, or just to share with someone special.

 

 

Community Day

Sunday UPCOMING DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED – 4pm

Community Day is a free event open to all ages, with hands on stations set up with a sampling of the children and adult activities and workshops that are offered here throughout the year.

Artists demonstrating to be announced

light food & refreshments available.

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Volunteer for Crafts in the Meadow

Thank you volunteering some of your time to TPCA. Your involvement is integral to the success of this wonderful community of artists, students & art lovers.

Crafts in the Meadow is a valuable part of what TPCA offers to the community and we can’t pull off such a fantastic event without YOU!

Mad Hatter’s Garden Party & Chair-ity Event!

Many thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters!

 

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Festive Fund Raising – An evening filled with wonderful music, fine food, friends, family, students, supporters & a spirited auction.

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Local artists will be lended their talents to decorate or create chairs, stools, and tea accouterments to be offered for auction.

Join the Mad Hatter’s Garden Party Festivities. Dress in Mad Hatter style with hats or costumes if you like!

 

We also need volunteers to support the art center for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and help us to make improvements on our historic building and continue to provide our outreach programs for the community! Can you help by decorating a chair? cleaning up the barn and gardens? Set up and service during the event? Contact Mike online or email volunteer@tylerparkarts.org

Since one good turn deserves another, what can I do for you?


Watch a Video from 2012 Mad Hatter’s Garden Party  filmed by Christian Roebling

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Member & Donor Show

Member and Donor Show & Party

Our appreciation party for all members and donors is an annual free event for members and an opportunity for artist members to show and sell their work.

Music, Heavy Appetizers, Wine, beer and camaraderie!

Upcoming date to be announced.

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* You don’t have to be a member to join the party, but a contribution of $10 is requested.

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Upcoming Dates to be Announced

Renee Egan

Painting workshops with Renee Egan – Learn Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor Painting painting techniques in various workshops. Tyler Park has many beautiful locations! Lean about light, specific color mixing techniques, and brush applications.

 

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Jello Printmaking with Dawn Wesemann – Learn how to make beautiful, multi-layered prints using gelatin as the printing plate. Make note cards, gift tags, and more as you explore design, color, and texture… and everything cleans up with soap and water! 

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Paste Paper with Annelies Van Dommellen and Gloria Kosco – Using a special Rice Paint, create patterned paper exploring pattern and surface textures while learning about the basic elements of design and color. Leave with a variety of beautiful paper to be used in bookmaking, box making, cards, envelopes, and more!

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Paper Mache’  & Decorate! Turn recycle items into useful and decorative objects using tin cans, plastic, glass jars, cardboard and more.  Possibilities are endless using found objects to make bowls, boxes, ornaments, sculpture and more.

 

silk painting Drawing and Painting on Fabric – Learn a simple technique that enables you to draw on cotton or silk. Explore color, line and pattern to create a one of a kind work of art!

 

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Nuno Fiber “Skinny Scarves” Accessorize with a signature scarf in NUNO ; a Japanese felting technique using a background of fabric. Shapes of your liking are cut from the wools in wafer thin segments and  laid out in a pattern (stripes, polka dots, grid, paisley?) producing a floaty, eyecatching wearable item.

 

screenScreen Printing on Clay and TShirts – Learn how to create simple screen-printing screens and use them on both ceramic and cloth surfaces! Each student will have the opportunity to develop and print their own design on a t-shirt and clay form.  Join us as we welcome ceramic artist and printmaker Hope Rovelto for an exciting and fun workshop. Ages 16+

 

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Bead & Wire Workshop with Tracey DeLellis Students will learn the basics of knotting, beading and design. Each student will complete at least 3 finished jewelry projects.

 

  Wildife Woodcarving Workshop w/ Hal Houser Students will learn about and be introduced to woodcarving using various tools, techniques, materials, and resources to create a finished standing Sandpiper Decoy. Finishing techniques including painting will be included. Ages 16+.

 

photographghy classExploring Your SLR Camera – An introductory to intermediate level course in photography, with a focus on camera utilization and functionality. Become thoroughly familiar with basic camera operations, and how to use your camera’s settings and features as elements of effective photographic composition.

 

glass fusion Glass fushion is the art of layering pieces of glass and then firing them in the kiln to permanently fuse them together. Students will learn to cut glass and design pieces. Using colored glass pieces, glass dots, glass frit, and glass noodles, students will create unique and colorful designs on items such as glass plates.

 

Stained Glass with Kelly Lock – Learn basic techniques and you will create unique stained glass works of art. A great workshop for beginners and those with experience.

 

bead Glass Bead Making (Lampworking) with Leanne Purkis – Learn to create unique glass beads. Using a special torch they will learn to wrap hot glass around steel rods (mandrels). Basic bead shaping and decorative techniques will be covered.

 

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Hand Blown Glass Ornaments with Leanne Purkis – Using a small torch, each student will have the chance to experiment with shapes and colors to create ten unique ornaments. No prior glass working experience is necessary.