This workshop took place in January 2018. We are now beginning to plan for the 2020 workshops week. Please check back later for details.

About The Class

Instructor: Syd Carpenter

Medium: Clay/Handbuilding

Workshop Title: Places of Our Own

We all have significant locations that define our personal histories or that act as symbolic sanctuaries. This workshop will explore the visual and tactile components of real or imagined places. Combining slab, coil, pinch and thrown elements, you will create sculptural places representing landscapes and/or interiors. Your own descriptive narrative will suggest parts to be built. Demonstrations will include a work created simultaneously by the instructor. Some hand building experience recommended.

Click here to download the PDF of student material list for Clay/Handbuilding.

About The Instructor

Syd Carpenter is a ceramics sculptor and professor of studio art at Swarthmore College. Her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, the Canton Ohio Museum of Art, the Erie Museum of Art, and many private collections. She is a recipient of the Pew Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.



  • Application Fee: $50.00
  • Residents: $1,235.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Room & Board Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)
  • Commuters: $990.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Lunch and Dinner Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

Workshop Ended

She helps you learn to see the world differently.”
— Student Review

Syd Carpenter

These photos are representative of the instructor’s work, not necessarily of work that will be produced during the workshop.

Inspiration is waiting.