Upcoming Workshops

Sculptural Teapots / Narrative Teapots

Workshop Presenters: Richard Notkin
Date: Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. both days
All levels welcome
Fee: $95 for one-day demonstration • $180 for two-day with hands-on
Location: Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave., KCMO 64108

This intensive weekend workshop will focus on utilizing the teapot format to create sculptural forms and narrative imagery. Richard Notkin is recognized as a master of this oeuvre in clay, as exemplified by the creation of over 300 unique pieces in his “Yixing Series” of Chinese-inspired teapots. Notkin will lead students on an intensive search for the “personal teapot”. Each student will be encouraged to explore his of her deep personal passions to design two, three, or more teapots utilizing thumbnail sketches and clay moquettes. Various modeling, small-scale carving and surface texturing techniques will be demonstrated by Notkin, and there will be illustrated lectures each day — one on historical Yixing teapots and techniques, the other on Richard’s development of a teapot series, from the planning/drawing stages, through prototype model fabrication, mold-making, casting/assembling/altering a finished teapot, and firing techniques.

Richard Notkin is a full-time studio artist who has worked in clay for over 48 years, currently living in Vaughn, WA, on the southern Puget Sound. His art works are in over 65 museums internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Nelson/Atkins Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three fellowships in sculpture from the NEA, and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Tiffany Foundation, United States Arts Foundation and others. He has conducted over 300 workshops worldwide.


Red Star Studios hosts unique, one-weekend workshops with visiting and exhibiting artists from around the world. The workshops accommodate enthusiasts at every level of practice, from beginners to the experienced. Often, these artists are exhibiting in our Gallery during the same month of their workshop, allowing visitors the opportunity to not only admire the work shown in the Red Star Gallery, but to engage in and learn the methods of creation involved in the artists' processes.

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