Date: January 16th, 2021
Time: 1 to 4 p.m. PST
This 3 hour workshop will focus on hand-building and figuration and aims at sharing both techniques and ideas behind his work. Alessandro Gallo will give an overview of his approach from start to finish focusing on: Reference preparation, Building an armature, Hand-building solid, Cutting, Hollowing and putting everything back together, Firing & Finishing
Classes are $250 per eight-week class.
Current members of The Potters’ Studio pay only $125!
We are offering 4 classes this session. All classes will take place LIVE online via Zoom. Classes will also be recorded on video and will be available 24 hours after each class. This means that if you miss a class, you can still watch the class at a later date. Video recordings of classes will be available for two weeks beyond the last class meeting date. Clay and Firing: Students enrolled in eight-week classes will receive one bag of clay and three cubic feet of firing space (bisque and mid-fire or high-fire combined) included in the class fee. After that, you will be charged at member firing rates.
Join Leah Bowring in learning how to construct mid-size sculptural vessels with a delicate, minimal aesthetic. The focus of this intermediate level class will be understanding how to use thin slabs and coils to build upon a rounded slab base or “belly bottom”. Students will learn a construction method that starts with creating an unfired clay mold. A slab is then draped into the mold, with the mold acting as a support system for building up from the draped slab. When work is leather-hard and completed, it is lifted out of the base and refined. Learning this mold-making construction method will allow you to form pieces with a base-shape of choice – you are not restricted to round and symmetrical. Students will make multiple pieces with slabs as well as combining slabs and coils. Discussion of terra sigillata and cold finishes will be addressed as surface solutions.
Leah Bowring received her BA in ceramics and BFA in graphic design from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she spent a year in Tokyo studying Japanese language, historical ceramics, traditional theater and architecture. She was a student of Koiichi Koyama, an accomplished Japanese potter. She conducted personal research studying traditional Japanese kilns and wares, traveling throughout Japan while she taught English in the time between her formal degrees. She recently received her MFA in ceramics in May 2015 and now lives in Oakland, California and makes her work in Berkeley. She currently is teaching ceramics at City College of San Francisco, Laney College in Oakland, CA, as well as in Berkeley at The Potters’ Studio. She is currently on the Board of Directors of The Potters’ Studio.
SUGGESTED CLAY and FIRING TEMPERATURE: Cone 10 clay (Recycled Clay, B-Mix, Black Mountain, Soldate or Rod’s Bod)
In this advanced beginner – intermediate level class we will work on creating high-fire ceramics for the kitchen and home. With a focus on the intersections between manipulation, hand-building, and wheel-thrown clay, we will spend eight weeks discussing and creating work that leverages foundational techniques and also moves beyond them in order to create new perspectives and possibilities. We will cover the following topics and more:
Thrown and altered forms
Connecting thrown forms with slab-ware
Exploring lidded vessels
Box jars, salt cellars, and the like
Mugs, mugs, and more mugs
Handles, knobs, and other added features
Thrown and manipulated wet work
Learning to embrace more organic results
Sante Salvoni is a potter and former chef whose work focuses mostly on forms that accent the cooking and serving of food. Proficient at wheel-throwing and hand-building and in the investigation of the combination of these techniques, he believes that all meals are complemented by handmade ceramics. As a firm believer in community, not competition, he thrives on sharing his knowledge and learning from students at all levels. His students note his on-the-spot demos are a particular highlight of his classes. While all of Sante’s work is dishwasher safe, it doesn’t always fit in the dishwasher properly!
SUGGESTED CLAY and FIRING TEMPERATURE: Cone 10 clay (Recycled Clay, B-Mix, Black Mountain, Soldate or Rod’s Bod) Cone 5/6 clay will also work.
This hand-building class will cover various techniques for constructing functional pottery by hand. Demonstrations will include working with soft slabs to make cups, using darts to alter slab cylinders, coiling small and large vessels using different strategies, making geometric forms using hard slabs and supported slabs, using the kurinuki technique, slip decorating and glazing, and informative lectures and discussions about the firing process.
This class is for beginners as well as intermediate students. Advanced students who need a refresher on techniques or new inspiration are also welcome.
Scott Jennings is a Bay Area artist who has been working with clay for over 25 years. He has many years of teaching experience at the community college level as well as at private and public studios. Scott has worked as a ceramic lab technician and was the Dinnerware Production Manager at Heath Ceramics. He maintains a workspace in San Francisco at Red Brick Studio in the Mission.
SUGGESTED CLAY and FIRING TEMPERATURE: Cone 10 Meath
This eight-week advanced beginner to intermediate level class is designed to teach the traditional pottery making techniques carried on in the Akazu area of Seto City, Aichi, Japan. Hiroshige Kato, a 12th-generation master potter will be teaching LIVE from his studio in Japan! In addition to the topics listed below, you’ll get a tour of Hiroshige’s studio and kilns and a tour of his local clay and glaze shops. You’ll also meet three other ceramic artists: Shingo Takeuchi (hand-builder), Tetshuo Nagae (nerikomi) and Miho Yanagimoto (reduction firing in an electric kiln). Don’t miss this unique opportunity to travel virtually and learn Japanese ceramic techniques.
Week One: Slab Mass Production, Slab Ruler Tool, Creating Patterns for Slab Plates
Week Two: Using Molds with Slabs, Asymmetric and Oval Plates
Week Three: Plaster Mold-Making, Plate and Handle Molds, Oval Wheel-Thrown Mold,
Week Four: Attaching Handles and Feet to Slab-Built Pottery, How to Make A Handles Basket
Week Five: Surface Decorating Techniques, Making Clay Stamps
Week Six: Make a Japanese “Happy Cat” with Coils
Week Seven: Hand-Pinched Tea Bowls #1 (maccha chawan) and Umbrella Stand
Week Eight: Coiling Techniques for Large Objects, Hand-Pinched Teabowls #2
Potters have worked in the hills near Akazu for over 1000 years. Hiroshige Kato is a 12th-generation pottery master. Around 1610, his family was one of only four families to be protected by the Shogunate from the warring state in order to make tea ceremony goods for Nagoya Castle. At that time, his family broke away to build the kiln known as “Kitagama”. Today it is the only kiln remaining from that time. In the late 1990’s Hiroshige’s father turned the family business into a very successful production line with the company name “Kasen”. Many internationally known ceramic artists have had their start at the wheel of Kasen. Over some 400 years, the family has survived major earthquakes, financial ruin and industrialization to continue hand-crafting their art. Hiroshige Kato has returned the family to its roots and his studio, “Kasen Pottery”, has come full-circle to produce hand-crafted traditional pottery of the highest quality.
The Sonoma Ceramics program at Sonoma Community Center
The Sonoma Ceramics program at Sonoma Community Center offered its first Zoom workshop on April 30, 2020. Our workshops are enjoyed by students from as far as Dubai, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Hawaii, and North America.
The secret sauce: Alongside our great instructors, our workshops are hosted and facilitated by our knowledgable staff, Kala Stein and Lexi Bakker, who use multiple camera angles using at least 2 devices. Participants feel as if they each have a front-row seat in the class and they have the option to ask questions throughout the demonstration. Our facilitators have years of experience in the subject being taught, so their input compliments the content of the workshop and is an added value. The instructors are able to focus on their demos and questions are compiled and curated by the facilitator as not to interrupt. The demos are typically 1.75 hours with the remaining time open for reviewing content, socializing and live Q&A.
Register now, watch later: All videos are available for participants to watch an unlimited number of times for 2 weeks following the workshop. They are emailed a video link 24 hours after their workshop. If one cannot make it to the live workshop, they can register and receive the workshop video to watch later. As they say- you do not have to be present to win.