Designing Templates with Jen Allen

This is an on-demand virtual workshop


Learn how to design templates and generate new forms with Jen Allen!

Are you feeling a little stuck and looking for inspiration for generating new forms and creating templates for your work? 

In this virtual workshop, hand-builder and template-maker extraordinaire Jen Allen will demonstrate her unique strategies for developing new shapes and creating templates for them. She’ll also discuss where she gets inspiration for creating new forms, as well as ways to refine your templates. 

In this workshop you’ll learn: 

  • Jen’s process of 3-D sketching to develop new shapes and forms 
  • How to create templates from existing forms
  • How to refine old shapes & tweak existing templates
  • The best template materials to use
  • And more!

As a bonus, you’ll also get access to a mini-lesson on creating a simple and easy-to-use template tool, and a list of Jen’s tools and her glaze and slip recipes! 

Workshop Bundle

Love learning from Jen? If you sign-up for two or more of Jen's popular workshop recordings, you'll get $15 off each workshop! Discount will be applied automatically at checkout. 

Options include: Put A Lid On It, and Advanced Altering & Template Making

About Jen

Jen Allen Potter and online educator

Jen Allen received a BFA (2002) from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a MFA (2006) from Indiana University, Bloomington. From 1998-2002, she worked as a production assistant to Kris Bliss at Bliss Pottery in Anchorage, AK. Among other awards, Jen was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. In addition to keeping a home studio and teaching workshops all over the US, she currently teaches ceramic classes at West Virginia University. Jen lives in Morgantown, WV with her husband Shoji Satake, their two kids, Annelise and Finn, and their two dogs, Billie and Margot.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?
This is a virtual workshop, simply purchase it here in the shop! After that, check your inbox for an email from my virtual platform, Naomi’s School, with a link to login to your new account and access the course. The zoom link to the live class will be in your student dashboard, along with any other course materials.

Note: if you have previously purchased workshops through my website, the new course will be added to your existing student dashboard. Simply login there to access the new course.

How do I access the recording and other course materials?
Once you register for the workshop, you’ll get all the info on how to access the course delivered right to your inbox within about 15 min. You will need to create a login password within Naomi’s e-learning platform, Thinkific. Please save that information in your browser, so that you can easily access the course materials whenever you like.

How long do I have access to this course?
Pottery Technique courses have an access time of 90 days and Professional Development courses are accessible for 1 year -both from the date of purchase. You can watch your course as much as you like during that time, and on any devices you own!

What kinds of tools do I need to take a pottery workshop?
You will be able to make everything I demonstrate using the basic pottery tools you already have on hand. So as long as you have some clay, and your standard pottery tools (wire cutter, knife, sponge, and a board to work on), you’ll be good to go. One thing you will need access to is a kiln to fire your finished work. If you want to know more about the tools I use most in my work, check out this video.

Due to the digital nature of this product we don’t offer refunds.

$65.00 USD