Workshops- hands-on demonstrations and object experience

Workshops are catered to the facility and people, but typically include a presentation, a demonstration of making pottery, an explanation of the materials (archaeological and intact antiques) that I bring, and then the participants rotate through stations including making handles, throwing pottery, sprig molds, and paint decorations.

“Brenda understands that to study material culture you need to get your hands dirty and experience it first hand…In short, I would not hesitate for a second to have Brenda come to your institution. Her glowing personality, splendid rapport with students, talent, and wide knowledge base make her not only a natural teacher and scholar, but a superb craftsperson.”
-Thomas A. Guiler, PhD
Manager and Instructor, Academic Programs Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

NIAHD students with the mugs they put handles on.

Workshops with and for student programs have included the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Historic Deerfield, and the National Institute for Historic American Democracy (NIAHD). I have also demonstrated making pottery and exhibited archaeological and antique pottery materials at museums and institutions including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and Historic Eastfield Foundation.

Demonstration at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Photo by Johanna Metzgar Brown.