Mad Scientist workshop

A few years ago, I took an awesome workshop with John Brickels, a Vermont-based ceramic artist. It was his Mad Scientist Workshop and it started at 3:00 a.m.

Yes, you read that right. We were working in clay in the middle of the night. That’s what mad scientists do.

We also wore lab coats while we worked. I loved it!

Clay is a bit out of my comfort zone – the goal was to make clay robots. John made it really easy to get to work. He prepared large clay tubes for us to use and had lots of templates for cutting out gears and nuts.

Being me, I decided to make a bookworm bot. I used one of the tubes for his body and put a gear on his head for a hat. He has screws for eyes and nuts going down his back. Oh, and he’s got a belly button. That was absolutely necessary.

Here he is, busting out of a book:



We worked on our clay robots for a few hours. After we were done, we marched down the street in our lab coats to a local diner where we ate robot pancakes. It was awesome.

I’d love to be able to attend the workshop again, but next time take my niece and nephew to join in the fun. I think they’d have a blast.

If you ever come to visit my studio, you’ll see that bookworm bot has a prominent perch on the windowsill in front of my work table.

If you’d like to learn more about the workshop, check out the video below – it will entice you to travel to Vermont and take the workshop yourself!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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