Scheduling a Workshop
WORKSHOP PRESENTATION FORMAT AND AGREEMENT INFORMATION
Thanks so much for your interest in a BvG workshop. I will only be offering Demo workshops in 2020 and 2021. If you would like to host a workshop in your area please read the workshop information on this website. There is more than one page of info...see the drop down menu. You can then contact Kris for more specific information, available dates and questions. Typically I do not schedule workshops from September through the end of each year as that is a heavy production time for the holiday season. My 2020 schedule is fully booked at this time.
I am teaching hands-on formatted workshops far less these days - having observed over the past few years that much more material can be shown and learned within an intense, demo-only couple of days. The audiences can be much larger during a demo workshop, which makes them financially very viable for all parties. And, I tend to 'overload' the participants with techniques and info - and find that everyone is OK+ with that.
Most often, as the workshop presentation space allows, organizers will open the workshop to local potters, clay guilds and groups, high school teachers and students (possibly at a discounted fee), local colleges and universities. This can assure a financially successful event and create a lot of publicity for the host organization
I teach a 2 day workshop which includes a 2-hour evening Artist talk with slides and two days (9:30am – 4pm) of demo-format presentations about making functional, useful pots. Typically, workshops take place on a Friday evening (Artist talk), Saturday and Sunday, but we are always open to discuss other options.
Typically the organizing group sends a “Letter of Agreement” once we have determined a date for the workshop. I require a 10% non-refundable deposit to schedule and plan the dates agreed upon. The deposit is due at the time the contract/letter of agreement is signed. Once I put a date on my calendar I do not schedule other workshops in your geographic area around that date so as not to compete.
I am usually asked to market my line of van Gilder Clay Tools plus select pieces of my pottery to the group. I will, also, have my glaze recipes sheets available as free handouts.
Thanks again for your interest and we hope to hear from you soon. Again, please email Kris with your questions.