Artist Talk and Workshop

Studio Arts and Art Building West

Steven Hill became a functional potter in 1974, shortly after receiving a BFA degree from Kansas State University. At first he worked out of a backyard studio and sold his art mainly at art festivals, but by the mid-1990s he was looking for a way to expand his studio, begin a resident-artist program for aspiring potters, and provide working space for other ceramic artists. In 1998 Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Centerin Kansas City, MO, and in 2006 co-founded Center Street Clayin Sandwich, IL. Currently Steven is creating artworks, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops, and performing administrative duties for his business institutions.


Steven’s work has been featured in nationally juried shows and in many ceramics publications. He has taught more than 250 workshops throughout the United States and Canada, and has written multiple articles on the theory and practice of ceramics. These include, for Ceramics Monthly, “An Approach To Single-Firing” (January 1986), “Where You’ve Been Is Good and Gone, All You Keep Is the Gettin’ There” (April 1998), “An Approach to Single Firing—Further On” (January 2006), “Rethinking Ceramic Workshops” (comment, May 2007), “The Eight-Month Workshop – A Journey of Discovery” (June 2008), “Don't Put the Flames Out" (February 1994), and “Atmospheric-like Effects for Electric Firing”(March 2012); “Long Distance Runner” (December 1989, Studio Potter); and for Pottery Making Illustrated, “Pulling Handles” (Spring 1998)and “Spraying Glazes” (March 2002).

Throwing, Spraying and ^6 Electric Firing Workshop

Studio Arts Ceramics Department, 1375 Hwy 1 West, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily. No advanced registration is required.  All skill levels are welcome and materials will be included.


April 13 AM

  • Throw and assemble pitcher form. Discuss philosophical and design choices.

April 13 PM

  • Throw bowl and drinking vessels. Continue discussion.

April 14 AM

  • Lecture on spraying and demonstration of the techniques involved.

April 14 PM

  • Participants will glaze their work. Load the kiln(s) and fire overnight.

April 15 AM

  • Further discussions on spraying techniques and equipment needed to set up a spraying studio.

April 15 PM

  • Ideas for glaze experimentation after the workshop. Unload kilns and discuss results.

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