Make Your Own Tile–Hands On Workshop 11/24/2019 11 am

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Sunday November 24

11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Preregistration required.  Suitable for adults and interested youth ages 7 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Program participants meet at the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium at our Rowe Woods location.

Handmade is heARTfelt! Great for families, enjoy creating with your out-of-town, holiday guests. Make a special gift or keepsake!

Meet local Ceramic Artist, Bonnie Mitchell during the Walk-in-the-Woods exhibition and get a chance to work with her while learning how to carve your own tile! During this special hands-on workshop, you’ll have 45 minutes to work with Bonnie Mitchell to sgraffito, a decorative technique, by drawing your own image into a damp clay tile.

About the Artist: This hands-on workshop will be led by Bonnie Mitchell a local, professional artist who creates one-of-a-kind artworks in her Milford studio. She creates beautifully striking, black and white sgraffito pottery that can be used for everyday purposes or just to add personal imagery to your home or office. You will be able to see a selection of her bee and coneflower pottery in the Nature Shop and during the Walk in the Woods exhibit.

What to expect: This workshop will focus on the sgraffito technique used by area nineteenth century potters to make expressive designs in their folk art pottery. Sgraffito means to “scratch” and workshop participants will draw a design of their choosing into a damp clay slab, and then carve out layers of the clay to make their image more purposeful. You can choose traditional black and white designs or create your own design for a special gift. After the workshop concludes, Bonnie Mitchell will add the final glaze and kiln-fire your tile. Finished tiles will be returned to the Cincinnati Nature Center Nature Shop at a later date. Participants will be notified by email when tiles are available to pick up, just in time to show off or give to a special person during the holidays.

  • All materials will be provided.
  • Workshop starts on the hour. Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time.
  • You may bring a few ideas or images you would like to work from to create your black and white, 4”x4” ceramic tile.
  • You will be carving into damp clay, so dress in comfortable clothing that can easily be washed.  Smocks will be provided.

What to bring: Please also bring your own masks. Whether indoors or outdoors, masks are required for all adults and children in Kindergarten through 12th grade at all Cincinnati Nature Center programs. Masks are to be worn outside when one cannot consistently be spaced 6 feet apart. Masks are also required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.).

Member $25; nonmember $30 (includes daily admission). Fees are per tile; a parent may purchase one tile to work on with a child. Nonmember pricing per tile includes admission for only one nonmember guest. 

*Please note that cancellations or transfers must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event.

Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain your order number or print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt.  You will need your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program.

Cincinnati Nature Center will run advertised programs and events ​in accordance with current guidelines outlined by the CDC and local health agencies. The status or format of programs may change based on COVID-19 best practices and conditions at the time of the program. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.