Ellen Sachtschale: Voluptuous Garden Sculptures

Create planters, bird feeders and mushroom sculptures all with richly textured surfaces. In this workshop, Ellen will share her techniques for creating organic forms with soft slabs. All will be created in her trademark organic style. This workshop is hosted by Leslie’s Ceramic Supply. Register for the class.

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Fiber Handle Making Workshop

Learn how to make fiber handles for your teapots and other forms with Jim Widess of The Caning Shop in Berkeley. Bamboo, wisteria, reeds, and other materials will be explored, along with several styles of handles. This workshop is hosted by The Potter’s Studio Sign up by email, phone (510-528-3286),

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Denis Hazlewood: Slab Built Geometric Forms

Explore the possibilities of slab construction while making geometric forms for functional use and sculptural ideas. In this workshop, students will hone their craftmanship and precision in clay so that anything is possible. Focuses will include stiff slab construction, texture and surface, lids, and handles. This class is hosted by

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Julia Feld: Sculptural Teapots

This class will focus on decorative, sculptural teapots and their significancethrough hand-building techniques: soft- slab and coil building. Students will learn how to use carving techniques for surface decoration while exploring the conceptual and technical aspects of the teapot-making process. This class is hosted by the Sonoma Community Center. Register for the class.

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August Board Meeting

The ACGA Board Meeting is usually the second Wednesday of every month at the Presidio Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and is open to all current ACGA members. We encourage you to attend! Meet your board and see what it takes to run our organization. There is a dinner

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Brittany Rea: intro | spectate

This exhibition marks the conclusion of ACGA Associate Member Brittany Rea’s six-month residency in at Sonoma Ceramics. In her time living and working at the Center, Brittany has taught ceramics classes for all ages including the highly popular “Ceramics Sampler” and lessons for girls in the Mentoring Alliance. She has

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Michele Collier: Spontaneous Clay

This is a class for the beginner or the accomplished sculptor who wants to breathe new life into ther work. Clay is a very intuitive medium. It can jump to unplanned conclusions. This is our inner self speaking through the medium of clay. If we allow these “accidents” to happen

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Itsuko Zenitani: Weekend Open Studio through Dec 18

Itsuko Zentani’s work will be available as part of the Berkeley Potters Guild Annual Holiday Show and Open House. The Berkeley Potters guild will have their doors open during the following hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm Weekdays from December 19th through the 23rd from 11 am to

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Elaine Pinkernell: Advanced Slab Workshop

Treat yourself to a day of slab building more difficult and complex forms like a teapot or or a pitcher using Elaine’s “rip torn” method using tar paper templates.  Emphasis is on texture and you will receive a set of templates to work from.  Elaine will share her extensive collection of

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Barbara Vanderbeck: Sculpture at SFClayWorks

SFClayWorks will be featuring the ceramic sculpture work of San Francisco artist Barbara Vanderbeck. An avid traveler, Vanderbeck’s work is fueled by her exploration of decorative motifs and spiritual iconography found through out the world. She loves to play with form, color, texture and pattern. From bold, raw, tribal art such as Asmat or

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Lynn Wood: Teapots and Creamers

A hand made teapot is a special  project with some interesting challenges. While we build  slab teapots in this workshop we will explore these: spouts that pour, handles that work, and lids that fit. We will even make a creamer and sugar set to accompany the teapot. Come join in,

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Forrest Lesch-Middelton: Volumetric Image Transfer

Students will combine form and surface as they explore techniques for integrating wheelthrowing and image transfers simultaneously to create uniquely decorative functional wares. We’ll develop silkscreens and make computer-generated embossments for molds and stamps. I’ll walk you through my process while encouraging your own creative exploration. We’ll work with stoneware

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