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Jenny Mendes Workshop Review

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a workshop by Jenny Mendes at Mudfire.  If I had to choose only one word for this workshop I would choose "inspiring."  Each day of this three day workshop she did something to help us be inspired including showing us a slide show of some images that help to inspire her work.

One of the things she said that stuck me was when she was taking about her process she said "sometimes that feels bad, but I just keep going and it works out."  Of course that's not just a pottery lesson but a life lesson.  Her process is really to work the piece until it is right and that normally means a lot of layers and taking advantage of mistakes.

The workshop had a lot of hands on time, which the participants seemed to love.  Jenny took lots of time talking to people about what they were doing as well as discussions on her process, making and using terra sigillata, and even how she does Etsy with success.
Jenny Mendes Ceramics

If you haven't seen her artwork on the cover of Ceramics Monthly or in Lark Books 500 Tiles you should go look for them, or check out her pins on Pintrest for more inspiration.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery


  1. I would have loved to be at the workshop, does she use strictly terra sig or underglazes with her work?

    1. Yes Linda, you would have loved it. If she ever comes down your way you should go to a workshop. She does us underglazes as well as TS.

  2. I remember a sign in the Pottery Studio at art college - it was "The Potters Prayer" - God, I will take care of the quantity, you take care of the quality. It always pays to work through the stuff that seems like it isn't working because it will work out eventually. Sounds like a wonderful workshop!

    1. Julia, it was a wonderful workshop, lots of fun and ideas.


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