FLORENCE – Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts has converted its Carriage House into a community ceramics studio with funding from the Kennedy-Douglass Trust. They will host ceramics workshops and classes in the studio, with plans for artist residencies being developed for the future.

The new studio will play host to UNA Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics and Sculpture, Aaron Benson, Saturday for one-day ceramics workshop. Benson will be teaching adults and children 16 and older how to combine traditional slab building methods to create unique one of a kind plant containers June 12 from 9am-3pm. Participants will work through designing, building, and decorating their vessels.

Aaron Tennessee Benson has a combined 20 years of experience working in clay. He received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has been an intern at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and a long-term resident and MJD Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. Benson’s work has been published, collected, and exhibited both nationally and internationally. His current body of work uses traditional ceramic hand building methods to create large scale public works.

The June 12 workshop fee of $95 includes a day of instruction and all materials and tools. Registration for the workshop can be made at https://www.florencealmuseums.com/calendar/1-day-ceramics-workshop-with-aaron-benson

Call 256-760-6379 for more information. The K-D Center is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street in Florence.