About The Class

Instructor: Jerilyn Virden

Medium: Clay/Handbuilding

Workshop Title: Double-Walled Vessels

Investigate the bowl form as a sculptural vessel, using a variety of handbuilding techniques to build a double-walled abstract object. Beginning with small maquettes, you will experiment with shape and proportion, brainstorming directly with clay. Focusing on proportion, structure, and surface, you will translate solid objects into hollow forms. We will also create custom tools to facilitate this process. Experience working with clay is helpful but not essential.

Materials List. Click here for a list of supplies that you will need to bring for this workshop.

About The Instructor

Jerilyn virden

Jerilyn virden

Jerilyn Virden is currently a studio artist living in Vermont. She was an artist-in-residence at Penland School of Crafts from 2001-2004 and remained in that community for 10 years. She earned an MFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, in 2001 and a BFA from West Virginia University, where she studied abroad at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Institute in China. She was also an apprentice to Silvie Granatelli. Jerilyn has exhibited throughout the United States, and her work has been featured in Ceramic Arts Daily, Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and American Craft, as well as in the book 500 Bowls.



  • Application Fee: $50.00

  • Residents: $1,300.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Room & Board Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

  • Commuters: $1,050.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Lunch and Dinner Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

Using the vernacular of the vessel, I use earthenware clay to create intimate spaces.
— Jerilyn Virden

Jerilyn Virden

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

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