Steven Hill’s Journey Workshop 2023- 2024

Alison Palmer Studio, South Kent, CT

June 2-8, 2023

October 6-8, 2023

May 30-June 2, 2024

 My journey began with a summer workshop in 1972, taught by Peter Sohngen. Since the early 80’s, I have shared MY aesthetic and techniques in over 300 workshops. This workshop is different; it is about you and your relationship with clay. This journey is YOURS. – Steven Hill

You are inspired,

You are motivated,

Begin your journey… now!

What inspires you? Art? Music? Nature? Technology? Architecture? Each of us is capable of expressing unique individuality in our ceramic work. Is your work as personal as you would like it to be or does it seem more like a collection of techniques learned from others? 

Your journey begins with 6 ½ days exploring your relationship with clay at Alison Palmer’s Studio. Through a combination of individual critique, group discussion and hands-on experimentation, you will set in motion the search for personal expression. You will leave The Journey Workshop with a plan for the upcoming year and return to your studio with focus, renewed motivation, a group of peers and a mentor to help keep you on track.  

Who is a prime candidate for the Journey Workshop?

This workshop is perfect for the professional who feels stale, for the amateur who wants to develop their body of work, or anyone who wants to take their pottery or sculptural work to a deeper, more personal level. It is helpful to be comfortable with your basic techniques, as this workshop is not technically oriented. In the past, however, people at all levels of expertise have benefited greatly from taking the Journey Workshop. 

Workshop Structure:

In preparation for your journey, Steven would like everyone to read 2 books (he’s currently working on expanding this list). The first is, “Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is a fabulous guide on accessing your creativity. https://www.amazon.com/Big-Magic-Creative-Living-Beyond/dp/1594634726/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493173671&sr=8-1&keywords=big+magic The second is “Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” By Austin Kleon. https://www.amazon.com/Steal-Like-Artist-Things-Creative/dp/0761169253/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493173834&sr=1-1&keywords=steal+like+an+artist A private Facebook page will be set up in advance for students to communicate with each other before and during their journey, posting images, thoughts, questions and inspiration. The Facebook page is critical to group camaraderie and motivation. For the first weeklong session, bring as much information about yourself as possible… images or examples of recent pottery or other artwork, a journal or sketchbook, music, or anything relevant to your individuality. Each day during the initial week we will spend about half of our time in class discussions and group exercises. The rest of your time will be spent working in clay, drawing, journaling, or other individualized creative activities, applying insights gained in the class. Towards the end of the initial week, you will write a personal contract to help formulate your plan for the upcoming year. As your journey progresses throughout the year, you will have the option to schedule Facetime critiques with Steven for $80 an hour. We will meet for a mid-year critique at Alison Palmer’s Studio on October 15-17, 2021. Finally, on May 16-18, 2022 we will reconvene for final critiques and to share and celebrate our individual journeys. The workshop will culminate with a show and opening.

You will NOT be learning Steven Hill’s techniques in The Journey Workshop. Instead, this workshop is designed to help you find YOUR voice in clay. Steven will push you to go deeper and discover personal ways of expressing yourself. Yes, it is true there is nothing “new” in art, but that doesn’t prevent you from bringing your own unique spirit as a potter, sculptor, artist and human being to your personal work.

The Journey Workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE firing at Alison Palmer’s Studio, unless you would like your work to be bisque fired to take with you. The work made for the show at the end of the Journey Workshop will be made and fired in your studio throughout the upcoming year.

Workshop Schedule:

  • June 2-8, 2023 – Initial weeklong workshop at Alison Palmer’s Studio. The workshop will begin on Friday, June 2 at 6pm, with a welcome session.
    • June – October 2023 – Studio work and preparation for mid-year critique.
  • October 6-8, 2023 – Mid-year critique at Alison Palmer’s Studio.
    • October – May 2022 – Studio work and preparation for show.
  • May 30-June 2, 2024 – Journey final critique, show and celebration at Alison Palmer’s Studio.

Additional Reading:

To find out more about Steven’s philosophy on these workshops, read the May 2007 Comment in Ceramics Monthly, Rethinking Ceramics Workshops. The Eight-Month Workshop: A Journey of Discovery, Steven’s article about the first Journey workshop that began at the Metchosin’ International Summer School of the Arts in Victoria, BC in July of 2007 and ended at Center Street Clay in March of 2008, is in the June 2008 issue of Ceramics Monthly. PDF’s of these articles can be downloaded at: http://www.stevenhillpottery.com/articles/. These two articles are feeling somewhat dated, as the process has evolved over 5 earlier Journey Workshops, but they are worthwhile reading nonetheless. 

***A brand-new article discussing Steven’s philosophy on teaching, as far as it applies to Journey Workshops, Finding Your Voice: Influences and Guidelines, is currently waiting on a publishing date from Ceramics Monthly.

If you have additional questions about the Journey Workshop you may contact Steven Hill directly: sahill@me.com 

PLEASE GO TO OUR WORKSHOPS PAGE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS WORKSHOP


For Returning Students

Steven Hill

Journey Workshop 2023-2024

Alison Palmer Studio, Kent, CT

June 2-8, 2023

October 6-8, 2023

May 30-June 2, 2024

Journey Workshop; Year 2 and Beyond

Several past participants have expressed interest in a second or third year of the Journey Workshop. I think it is a fabulous idea to expand on what has been gained during the first year within the structure of another workshop. Much of what I have learned as a potter, during my many years of also being a teacher, has come through the process of working with students. I believe one of the added benefits of a signing up for a second year is working alongside first year students and interacting with them.

Second year participants will be asked to prepare a presentation and present it to the group. It could be a PowerPoint presentation or actual pieces you bring to talk about. This should include your experience in past Journey Workshops and work done since. Your presentation could be based on a written essay, in which you discuss your work, direction, and goals for the upcoming year, or presented more spontaneously. I leave it to each of you to present in the way that best works for you.

Workshop Schedule:

  • June 2-8, 2023 – Initial weeklong workshop at Alison Palmer’s Studio. The workshop will begin on Friday, June 2, at 6pm, with a welcome session.
    • June – October 2023 – Studio work and preparation for mid-year critique.
  • October 6-8, 2023 – Mid-year critique at Alison Palmer’s Studio.
    • November 2023 – May 2024 – Studio work and preparation for show.
  • May 30-June 2, 2024 – Journey final critique, show and celebration at Alison Palmer’s Studio.

Workshop Structure:

In preparation for your journey, Steven would like everyone to read 2 books. The first is, “Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is a fabulous guide on accessing your creativity. https://www.amazon.com/Big-Magic-Creative-Living-Beyond/dp/1594634726/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493173671&sr=8-1&keywords=big+magic The second is “Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” By Austin Kleon. https://www.amazon.com/Steal-Like-Artist-Things-Creative/dp/0761169253/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493173834&sr=1-1&keywords=steal+like+an+artist A private Facebook page will be set up in advance for students to communicate with each other before and during their journey, posting images, thoughts, questions and inspiration. The Facebook page is critical to group camaraderie and motivation. For the first weeklong session, bring as much information about yourself as possible… images or examples of recent pottery or other artwork, a journal or sketchbook, music, or anything relevant to your individuality. Each day during the initial week we will spend about half of our time in class discussions and group exercises. The rest of your time will be spent working in clay, drawing, journaling, or other individualized creative activities, applying insights gained in the class. Towards the end of the initial week, you will write a personal contract to help formulate your plan for the upcoming year. As your journey progresses throughout the year, you will have the option to schedule Facetime critiques with Steven for $80 an hour. We will meet for a mid-year critique at Alison Palmer’s Studio on October 24-25, 2020. Finally, on May 21-23, 2021 we will reconvene for final critiques and to share and celebrate our individual journeys. The workshop will culminate with a show and opening.

If you have additional questions about year 2 or beyond of the Journey Workshop you may contact Steven Hill directly: sahill@me.com