ceramic workshops

Ceramic Workshop Series

By popular demand, we are bringing back various ceramic artists for our Ceramic Workshop Series!

Using Zoom, each presenter will do a live ceramic workshop 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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Available Clay Sculpting Workshop

Enjoy previous workshops from your favorite artists anytime. Learn about hand-building, coil-building, slab building, and surface decoration! Downloadable videos are available for purchase.

*This video is for your use only. We do not wish for it to appear in social media or be emailed to others. If you teach a class and want to show it for educational purposes, that is acceptable. Otherwise, it is for your personal viewing only. We request for these videos to not be circulated in any way as it is not our intention to publicly share these workshops. Thank you.
Available Workshops

Richard Notkin

Live Workshop and Q&A

Date: Saturday, November 21st

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

This intensive, fast paced three hour demonstration will focus on Notkin’s myriad of techniques used to create sculptural forms, narrative vessels and teapots, and large scale tile murals. Notkin is recognized as a master of sculpture, mold-making and casting techniques in clay. Various modeling, small-scale carving and surface texturing techniques will be demonstrated by Notkin.

Richard Notkin is a full-time studio artist who lives and works in Helena, Montana. He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1970, and an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1973. Mr. Notkin has worked mainly in ceramics for more than thirty-nine years, averaging over one solo exhibition per year. His series of Yixing (China) inspired teapots and ceramic sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. He has held visiting artist positions and conducted over 250 workshops throughout the world. Among his awards, Richard has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

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Richard Notkin sculpture workshops

Margaret Keelan

Live Handbuilding Workshop and Q&A

Date: Saturday, December 5th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: Margaret Keelan will be demonstrating how she constructs her signature 31 inch standing figures.  Demonstrations will cover making an  interior removable armature, modeling and hollow building techniques,  texturing and use of press molds.

This softening and reduction of form so that its essential nature is revealed is a metaphor Keelan uses for life being lived, an exploration of the process of growing up and growing older. Her latest sculptures recall the Santos figures of Mexico and Central America that incorporate a reproduced 19th century doll head. Although her figures echo contemporary concerns, the borrowing of earlier styles gives them more of a timeless quality. Directly taught under Joe Fafard and Marilyn Levine, Keelan continues their legacy as the Associate Director of Sculpture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

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René Martucci

Live Restoration Workshop

Learn how to repair your ceramics!

Date: Saturday, December 19th

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description: In this workshop, ceramic restoration extraordinaire and artist René Martucci will demonstrate the nitty-gritty process of repairing broken ceramics. If you’d like to work alongside Martucci in repairing your own ceramic art and ask questions, that is more than welcome. Some topics of discussion include: fixing ceramic imperfections, building and constructing missing parts, gluing, and the reassembly of ceramics. Preparation of tools is encouraged; a list of tools will be provided in advance.

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René Martucci restoration workshop

Chris Theiss

Live Workshop & Q & A

ceramic artist chris theiss

Date: Saturday, Jan. 2nd

Time (PT): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

The focus of this 3 hour workshop will be Sgraffito, the ancient ceramic surface technique of scratching or carving through a layer of contrasting colored clay slip to expose the color of the clay body beneath. Chris began playing with this technique as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, when trying to figure out how to incorporate his drawing skills with three-dimensional clay forms. His love for this technique and drawing on clay, has remained a part of his art process throughout his career as a ceramic sculptor.

The focus of this workshop will be drawing and mark making with sgraffito. From his studio in the Pacific Northwest, Chris will demonstrate how he utilizes his favorite technique to create magical two-dimensional illusions on the surfaces of hand-built narrative sculptures. Participants will learn in depth, about how Chris realizes an idea and why he attempts to have fun with form and illusion and storytelling.

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Chester Arnold

Live Workshop & Q & A

Date: Saturday, Jan. 9th

Time (PT): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

Chester Arnold’s workshop will be a presentation on the evolution of ideas in painting, from sketchbook rough to finished painting – pulling together processes of thinking and technique. Chester will make a small painting within the 3 hour and will give insider info on preparation and technique.

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Mark Burns: Kiln-less Clay

Live Ceramic Workshop & Q & A

Date: Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

Through the usage of clay and mixed media, Mark Burns will demonstrate how to work in clay without using a kiln. He will focus on surface concerns and various aspects of mixed media, his approach to using castoffs and ceramic objects, and techniques he learned from his experiences while being in the restoration business. An interesting resurgence of what Burns calls “impolite work”–the same energy that helped shaped Davis and Seattle in the 70s–that bucks the current trends of the “blobject” and “glaze porn” will also be discussed.

Mark Burns creates narrative political works with a pop funk sensibility. He received his MFA with Patti Warashina and Howard Kottler at the University of Washington. A recipient of the NEA Grant, Burns recently was an artist in residence for the arts at Harvard.

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John Toki

Live Workshop & Q & A

Date: Saturday, January 23rd 2021

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

John Toki is considered a technical expert in ceramics. He has created over hundreds of glazes, built an entire line of kilns, and wrote an introductory ceramic text entitled ‘Hands in Clay’ that explains techniques of how to work in clay. His outdoor freestanding clay sculptures are seen across America, and his engineering skills to produce large format clay sculptures has been taught and passed onto over a hundred of artists.

In this workshop, Toki will create a small free-standing sculpture made of colored clay, stoneware, and porcelain from start to finish. Toki will teach how to plan and execute a 4’ x 3′ standing sculpture while focusing on techniques of structural design elements, steel armatures, connections, reinforcing with fiber glass, color tinting, and kiln firing methods.

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Mark Abildgaard: Kiln Casting Glass

Live Glass Workshop & Q & A

Date: Saturday, January 30th, 2021

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

In this workshop, Mark Abildgaard will explore the possibilities of using clay to create objects that can be cast in glass. He will demonstrate clay working techniques, how to approach creating an open-face mold for kiln casting, plaster mixing, mold making, and how to calculate the amount of glass needed for a casting. Participants will explore making textures in clay that can be transformed into glass. This will be an opportunity for people interested in working with glass to learn how to make a mold, set up an electric kiln for casting, and program firing/annealing cycles.

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Bill Abright

Live Ceramic Workshop & Q & A

Date: Saturday, February 6th 2021

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

Bill Abright will discuss the evolution of his 50 year career in ceramics, and share his methods of creating uniquely abstracted figurative sculptures using thin plaster molds of fish, birds, faces, and figures. By composing thrown and extruded wet clay shapes into molds, he maintains the familiar proportions of his subjects while inventing his own interior complexity. Bill will discuss and demonstrate all stages of the process, including making thin plaster or FGR molds, throwing odd shapes, extruding clay sticks, assembling into the mold, drying, and firing. Pre-fired examples will allow him to continue using underglazes and cold finishes to demonstrate a completed sculpture.

Abright was introduced to clay by Bruce Duke at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton in the late 60’s. He completed his graduate degree at San Francisco State in 1974 working with Bud McKee, Stephen De Staebler, Joe Hawley and David Kuraoka. Abright has taught ceramics at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA since 1975 and has been influential in the lives of many artists. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and his work is in many private and museum collections.

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Clayton Keyes

Live Ceramic Workshop & Q & A

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Date: Saturday, February 20th 2021

Time (PST): 1 pm – 4 pm

Price: $50

Description:

 Clayton Keyes will demonstrate the process of constructing a full torso, head, arm and hand in this 3 hour workshop and demonstration. This will be a slab built demonstration.

Artist Statement: I investigate the human figure in order to create work that will trigger emotional responses in the viewer: I portray emotions elicited by strife and oppression, which comes from an urge to impress upon the viewer the experiences of the oppressed and to draw from them empathy for such. I strive to imbue figures with narratives and emotions that may be difficult to confront. I equally endeavor to make the rendering of the figure visually stimulating and alluring. My wish is for the viewer to be confronted with and experience this tensioned duality, as it is this that allows me to indelibly affect them.

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Esther Shimazu

Live Ceramic Workshop & Q & A

Price: $50

Description:

In four workshops, learn specific areas of the body and how to build an entire figure with Esther Shimazu. Ahead of time, we will send you a list of all the supplies and tools you will need to do each workshop.

Head & Neck Workshop – March 20th, 2021:  Constructing a mask, installing eyeballs, teeth and tongue, then adding the cranium and ears and figuring out the neck. If time allows, some discussion of finishing and firing.

Hands and Feet Workshop – February 27th, 2021: Individual toe- and fingernails, toes, fingers, hollow palms, insteps and soles. Maybe wrap in soft plastic and store in a plastic container with a tight lid to keep safe.

Assemblage Workshop – March 6th, 2021: Posing and joining all the parts, seeing how they interact. Parts should still be moist but not wet.

Head and Neck Workshop – March 20th, 2021: Constructing a mask, installing eyeballs, teeth and tongue, then adding the cranium and ears and figuring out the neck. If time allows, some discussion of finishing and firing.

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Jason Walker: Slipcast/Cup Workshop

Live Ceramic Workshop & Q & A

Price: $50

Description:

Jason will create cups and demonstrate his style of painting on them. He will also go into the process of slipcase and how he uses it in his work.

In my ceramic sculpture, I have been exploring how technology has influenced and molded our perceptions of nature. Yet, what is nature exactly? What image is conceived with the word? If typed into a google search, nature is defined as “the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations”. This description of nature excludes humans and human creations from nature. It creates two very separate worlds – the human made world and the non-human made world. How have we, human beings, arrived at such a perception of ourselves and nature? Part of an answer lies within the arena of ‘human creations’ – or Technology.

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Gerit Grimm: Wheel-Thrown Figure Assembly Workshop

Live Ceramic Workshop & Q & A

When: March 27th 2021

Time: 1 to 4 pm (PDT)

Description: Inspired by Italian Renaissance and fairytales, Gerit Grimm’s large-scale sculptures celebrate classical imagery and the figure.

In her online demo, this professor from University of Wisconsin, Madison, will show you how to assemble a figure using parts assembled on a throwing wheel. Gerit will also go in depth on which clay bodies to use and how to decorate their surface without using glaze. This 3-hour demo will feature a Q&A section where you can interact with Gerit and gain further insight on how to build stunning large human and animal figures like hers.

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