Ceramic Workshop Series

By popular demand, we are bringing back various ceramic artists for more demonstrations!

Using Zoom, each presenter will do a live demonstration for three hours, PST. In an intimate setting, participants will have the exclusive opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation. Registration fee is $50. In order to participate, Zoom must be downloaded in advance. The Zoom meeting ID will be provided four days in advance. If you have any questions regarding Zoom or would like to register through the phone, please feel free to call the gallery Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm at (530) 756-3938.

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Arthur Gonzalez

Live Demo + Workshop & Q&A

Date: Saturday, May 30th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: In his demo, Arthur Gonzalez will do a little bit of everything – sculpt a hand or head, demonstrate how to hang pieces on walls, and answer a live Q & A. At the moment, Arthur is taking suggestions, so please feel free to email the gallery at art@natsoulas.com!

Arthur Gonzalez, one of the most established California sculptors today, is known for his juxtaposing incongruent and eccentric figures that evoke conflicting responses.

https://www.arthurgonzalez.com

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Esther Shimazu

Live Hands-on Workshop & Q&A

Learn how to build a dog!

Date: Saturday, June 13th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: Join Esther Shimazu for a hands-on workshop where she will demonstrate how to sculpt a dog from start to finish. Using various tools and clay, Shimazu will focus on how to create volume and texture as well as finer details such as teeth and claws. Because this is a hands-on workshop, Shimazu suggests participants to prepare in advance the following tools listed below. However, participants are more than welcome to join and ask questions without the tools. Seize this rare opportunity to learn how to create your own dog inspired by Shimazu’s pre-columbian and contemporary dogs!

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Esther Shimazu has established herself as one of Hawaii’s best-known artists. She is best known for her stoneware sculptures of bald, nude, chunky Asian women constructed with hand-building techniques.

https://www.esthershimazu.com

Beth Lo

Live Demo + Workshop & Q&A

Date: Saturday, June 27th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: In her demo, Beth Lo will reveal the process behind her work that is influenced by Chinese culture. She will also discuss ceramic glazing and painting techniques. Learn how to create some of the most vibrant-colored glazes on the market!

Beth Lo was born on October 11, 1949 in Lafayette, Indiana, to parents who had recently emigrated from China. Much of Beth’s ceramic and mixed media artwork draws from themes of childhood, family, Asian culture and language. She received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1971, and then studied Ceramics with Rudy Autio at the University of Montana receiving her MFA in 1974. She assumed his job as Professor of Ceramics there when he retired in 1985, and has been twice honored with the University of Montana Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2006 and 2010.

https://www.bethlo.com

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Patti Warashina

Live Demo + Workshop & Q&A

Date: Saturday, July 11th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: Sneak into Patti Warashina’s studio! Explore how Patti builds her dreamlike yet ironically absurd figurative sculptures that often portray human behavior. Warashina will reveal her process, the tools she uses and some of the most important techniques discovered in the 60s.

Winner of the 2020 Smithsonian Visionary Award, Patti Warashina was instrumental in bringing the Seattle ceramic scene to prominence, heading up the department at the University of Washington, Seattle, as well as producing pieces that took inspiration from the Funk movement in the Bay area but with their own interpretations. Warashina is best known for her figurative sculpture – pieces that tell stories which are often dreamlike or fantasies – and ranging in size from very small to larger-than-life. She works in low-fire polychrome ceramics, the colors and surface decoration both vivid and animated. Her works are in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

https://pattiwarashina.com/

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Kevin Snipes

Live Demo + Workshop & Q&A

Date: Saturday, July 25th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: From start to finish, Kevin Snipes will hand-build a complete piece using three steps he has refined over the years.

Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making making no matter where he is. Kevin has participated in several artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine and received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana 2008. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; Akar, Iowa City and Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Kevin has exhibited as far away as Jingdezhen, China. Kevin combines his love of constructing unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

https://kevinsnipes.com

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Irina Zaytceva

Live Demo + Workshop & Q&A

Date: Saturday, August 8th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: Irina Zaytceva will demonstrate the process behind her delicate porcelain works. Particularly, she will delve into how to create profitable, smaller works such as porcelain sculptures and jewelry.

Irina Zaytceva was born in Moscow, Russia in 1957. She graduated from Moscow Art Institute (Poljgrapfichesky) with an MFA degree in book illustration. Having illustrated a number of children books, she found porcelain by chance. Porcelain offers Irina a way to combine sculpting and drawing. Fine porcelain grain and whiteness of material is a perfect canvas for her drawings, and with the ability to bend her “canvas,” she can add sculptural elements to the picture. Unlike many of her colleagues who paint with oil based colors, she uses water based colors and has developed her own techniques in this media. She does not use casting but hand rolls her vases, cups, and, sculptures. With every piece porcelain yields its secrets to her. Since 1998, Irina resides in USA and presently has her studio near Princeton, New Jersey.

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Tip Toland

Live Workshop & Q&A

Date: Saturday, August 22nd

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: Join renowned artist Tip Toland from her studio in Washington for an intimate workshop! In her workshop, Toland will explore her unique process of creating hyper-idealistic figurative sculptures. Details to be announced.

The figurative sculptures of Tip Toland are probably her most widely recognized work. She is primarily interested in exploring the essence of humanity, the vulnerabilities and frailties that define much of the human condition. Consequently, she is drawn to the very old and the very young who most vividly exhibit these characteristics. Her figures, however, are not quite realistic; instead, they are more doll-like, permitting the viewer to separate himself somewhat and concentrate on what the figure is expressing as opposed to who the figure is.

https://tiptoland.com

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“My work is an attempt to give voice to inner psychological and/or spiritual states of being. What is of primary importance to me is that the figures contain particular aspects of humanity which they can mirror back to the viewer. It is the vulnerability of humanity I am after. That is one reason for choosing very old or very young subjects. They both can portray innocence as well as extreme complexity.” – Tip Toland

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