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Potter to explore art at two-day MCC conference

CRYSTAL LAKE – A two-day pottery demonstration conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Emily Reason, a full-time potter in her Marshall, N.C., studio, who exhibits her work and teaches throughout the country, will demonstrate how she creates wheel-thrown functional work using porcelain, carving techniques and a gas-reduction firing process.

She is the author of “Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing.”

Reason will cover throwing, trimming, carving, brush-working and embellishing pieces.

She will share tips for working with porcelain and explain how she makes decisions about form and surface in her work.

As a group, attendees will discuss motivation for making pottery, from inspiration to making a living as a potter.

The cost is $125 for both days; $115 for MCC students and Clayworkers’ Guild members. For one day, the fee is $70 and $65 for MCC students and Clayworkers’ Guild members. The fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. A $25 fee will be added for registering at the door.

To register with a credit card, call the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. Continuing Professional Development Units will be available.

For information, email or call Amy Carzoli at 815-455-8764 or Kristine Emrich at 815-479-7570.

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