The Handbuilt Conference was a Huge Success!

On September 17-19, 2009, 125 people gathered to participate in and celebrate the first conference dedicated to Handbuilding. The event was organized by Sandi and served as a benefit for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) raising $4,000! There were demonstrations, slide shows and vendors selling tools, books and other items. Below is a photo gallery of some of the highlights.

Holly, Sandi, Hayne & Lisa at the end of their presentation on Saturday.

hayne lisa-demo
Hayne shows his stencil design printed on clay & Lisa shows darting a cylinder.

Holly shows coiling & pinching an oval bowl

bill-hatsme-micki-lisa-hayne vendor-room
Bill Daley, Sandi, Lisa, Michele Ginouves & Hayne. Bill Daley is famous for making hats out of anything.
Here we made them out of our box lunch boxes! Demo room photo of various tools for sale.

audience finished-pots
The audience listens as Neil reads a favorite poem by Jack Troy and some finished demo pieces.

hands-with-large-slab-web-copy hayne-builds-pot-web-copy1


September 17-19, 2009, Philadelphia, PA




The first Conference Dedicated

to Handbuilding with Clay

A Down to Earth Event to benefit
the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

This is a demonstration only format not a hands on workshop. There will be cameras set up so everyone can see what the demonstrators are doing from wherever they are seated. There is a maximum of 175 participants.


Hayne Bayless

Lisa Naples

Holly Walker

Sandi Pierantozzi

with Special Guest Speaker William Daley


Slab Building, Extruding, Coiling, Pinching, Slip Decoration
• An exhibition of handbuilt work from nationally known clay artists
• A wealth of practical techniques, tips & advice
• An open dialogue with the presenters
• Slide presentations, sources of inspiration, pots
• Tools, books, community, social events & new friendships
• A presentation on body mechanics and movement

making3745 1bayless9663-copyHayne Bayless established Sideways Studio in Ivoryton, CT, in 1990. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT. He was a student of potter Itaka Sokkuzan and sumi painter Ryoichi Saito, Tokyo in 1970, and co-founded the pottery programs at Fairhaven College, Bellingham, WA and Lakeside School, Seattle, WA, 1968-’70. Hayne has shown at major craft shows and has been awarded top prizes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and The Smithsonian Craft Show. He is in numerous gallery shows across the country. Hayne has a bold, recognizable style and he will demonstrate constructing a teapot with a hinged lid. He’ll combine five separate slabs and three different extruded pieces.

handbuiltdemonstrator-photos-007.jpg lisacakestandforweb.jpg
Lisa Naples, a nationally recognized artist, has been working in clay for 30 years. Lisa hand-makes pottery, narrative figures and garden sculpture from her barn in Doylestown, PA. In 2005 she was awarded a competitive residency through NCECA at The Australian National University. Exhibitions include the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Phila. Museum of Art Craft Shows. Lisa has given lectures and offered workshops at art centers and Universities across the country. More recently, Lisa has founded the Elephant’s Eye Studio Tour for her community in Bucks County.

h-walker-2-step-jar-web.jpg holly-in-studio-copy2
Holly Walker is a studio potter currently working in Vermont. She served as the director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine from 1990 to 1995. She has exhibited her work and taught workshops nationally. Holly has also been a visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities throughout the country. Publications include Handbuilt Tableware, The Best of Pottery, 500 Bowls, 500 Platters, Plates & Chargers and “Hand Building”. Holly hand builds her pots pinching up each layer of rolled coil to build form and paints on layers of slips and glazes.

sandi-pillow-vase.JPG full-figure-vase
Sandi Pierantozzi has been handbuilding pots for 25 years. Her work, which is predominantly slab built, has been featured in Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times and over a dozen books on clay work. She has presented numerous workshops across the country, and has exhibited her work nationally and abroad. Her work is in both museum and private collections. She was chosen an Emerging Talent at the 1993 NCECA conference and was a featured demonstrator at NCECA in 2001. Her awards include a 2001 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Hammill & Gillespie Purchase Award at the 1999 Ceramics Monthly International Ceramics Competition.


daley-image.jpg bill-daley-drawing
William Daley, a Philadelphia artist, is regarded as one of the most distinguished contemporary ceramic artists of our day. He is recognized as a significant figure in the history of American ceramics and his work is represented in prominent collections throughout the world. For over 50 years, Daley’s singular focus has been the vessel, what he has referred to as “a fixed form that can take all of your spirit and imagination.” Daley’s hand-built vessels are characterized by their large-scale, monochromatic earth-tones, unglazed surfaces, and geometric form. They are deceptively simple until complex dualities emerge between inside and outside, concave and convex, positive and negative, form and symbol. He will join us at the conference and give a slide presentation on his life in clay.

This invitational exhibition will showcase nationally known handbuilders from across the country currently working in the field of ceramics. The rich collection of pots represented will feature a dynamic range of forms, encompassing a wide variety of handbuilding techniques and surface designs. From quiet contemplative surfaces to highly embellished and exuberant decoration, this show promises to be a visual feast. Participating artists are: Mary Barringer, Hayne Bayless, Margaret Bohls, Virginia Cartwright, Jimmy Clark, William Daley, Kathryn Finnerty, Michele Ginouves, Gail Kendall, Maren Kloppmann, Allison McGowan, Jenny Mendes, Lisa Naples, Sandi Pierantozzi, Kari Radasch, Holly Walker, Lana Wilson and Liz Zlot Summerfield. Follow this link to view an online gallery representing the current work of the invited artists:




HANDBUILT” Organized and Presented by Sandi Pierantozzi

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(Suburban Philadelphia)
Wayne Art Center is fully handicapped accessible

(please contact Sandi with questions, not the Wayne Art Center)

Links to Demonstrators & Organizations:

Links to Artist Websites:


Includes all conference activities.
Does not include meals, but there will be an on-site Cafe offering Continental Breakfast, Coffee & Tea for purchase
and Box Lunches at $10. per day.
Box Lunches must be ordered in advance and paid for at registration on Thursday Morning before the conference begins.


(Sorry, no cancellation refunds will be given unless requested in writing
prior to August 15, 2009.
All refunds will be minus a $50 processing fee.)
Please make refund requests to Sandi Pierantozzi at

Hope to see you there!


Get Around:

Photo Galleries: