Online Clay Classes

LET’S ROCK THE BOAT!  A Sauce Boat [Live Demo Workshop]

Throwing and Altering with virtual guest artist, Leah Leitson

Widely respected as an educator and maker of functional ware in porcelain, Leah Leitson is a professor of ceramics at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Craft, La Meridianana International School of Ceramics in Italy, and has been a guest artist/presenter in Israel as well as throughout the United States. An artist whose work has been featured in books, magazines and museums, the Crafts Center is delighted to host a workshop from afar with Leah Leitson!

Think of those sauces that go on the table – from béarnaise to bar-b-que and syrup to salad dressing – this serving dish of delectable honor holds them all! More than a just utilitarian piece, a sauce boat adds interest and style to any place setting. Perched on a pedestal that only highlights its importance, as one may expect, a guest at Leah Leitson’s table would never be without this extra splash of function and flavor. Register for this 2.5 hour workshop, offered as a LIVE online demonstration through ZOOM, which is ideal for both the wheel-based potter and those seeking inspiration and techniques for thrown and altered forms. Participants will have a front row seat as they discuss design choices and learn to make a sauce boat that includes a thrown spout, thrown foot, and pulled handle as well as considerations for a shallow dish. Many of the techniques learned can be applied to a variety of other forms. Also included will be an image presentation and glaze recipes. Leah’s work at

Notes: Have a sketchbook on-hand and a snack!  

Saturday, October 30: 11:00am – 1:30pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees:      NC State Students – $35    Public – $55      Register for this class»


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