We are Back at the Wayne Center for the Arts!

COVID-19 Information
All workshop attendees ARE REQUIRED to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or provide documentation
of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hrs of the conference.
Per the latest CDC guidelines, masks are optional during the workshop.
We reserve the right to modify our COVID-19 requirements as needed or as we deem appropriate for everyone’s safety.
Registration indicates your understanding of these requirements, our right to modify and
your agreement to abide by our requirements.


Josh DeWeese

Josh DeWeese maintains a studio in Bozeman, Montana. Currently a professor of art at Montana State University, Josh served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, from 1992 to 2006. His wood-fired forms have been exhibited across the country and internationally, and he has taught numerous workshops.


Ron Philbeck

It wasn’t until after graduating from college in 1992 that Ron Philbeck took his first ceramics class. After numerous workshops and classes, and hours at the wheel, he opened his studio in Shelby, North Carolina, in 1996. Ron’s stoneware pots are thrown on a treadle wheel and soda fired. Most recently, he has been using slips to add quirky birds and animals to the surfaces of his forms.


Amy Sanders

After graduating with a BA in art and secondary education from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, Amy Sanders moved to Charlotte to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Today, she maintains a studio in Charlotte, where she handbuilds earthenware forms, using stamps to create textures and patterns on the surface. Her work has been shown across the country, and she has taught numerous workshops.


Experience Functional Ceramics Workshop!

About Us

Functional Ceramics Workshop & Exhibition

In 1977, Phyllis Blair Clark and the College of Wooster Art Department hosted the “Wooster Workshop,” with artists Ginny and Tom Marsh as demonstrators. A total of 35 students attended. That workshop—and the accompanying exhibition—expanded over the years thanks to Clark’s guidance, eventually becoming the highly regarded “Functional Ceramics Workshop.” In 1987, Clark moved the event to the newly renovated Wayne Center for the Arts. Over 200 artists attended that year. In 2012, she handed the reigns (and the whistle!) over to Ohio Designer Craftsmen. We are honored to continue the tradition of presenting outstanding workshops to a community of potters.

Ohio Designer Craftsmen and The Ohio Craft Museum

Established in 1963, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a nonprofit organization that supports artists and the community through year-round programming. Ohio Designer Craftsmen organizes three fine craft fairs, as well as “Functional Ceramics Workshop,” and owns and operates the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, where we present exhibitions of fine craft and offer educational programming for all ages and skill levels. Ongoing funding for Ohio Designer Craftsmen is provided by the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. For further information about the organization and its mission, click here.

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