Previous Ceramic Workshops

Enjoy previous video workshops from your favorite artists anytime with the downloadable versions available for purchase.

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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. In an intimate setting, participants will have the exclusive opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation. 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 want to register through the phone, please feel free to call the gallery Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm at (530) 756-3938. Registration fee is $50.

Irina Zaytceva

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.

Saturday, August 8th

1 pm – 4 pm: Irina Zaytceva Workshop

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Heidi Bekebrede

Heidi will give her workshop on how to create fun & engaging curriculum for children (K-6). She show you how to easily incorporate a kiln into your classroom and what kind of projects you can develop with students that are fun for them and you.

“Heidi Bekebrede graduated from the University of California, Davis in June of 1980 as a Studio Art major. Her professors were; Arneson, Petersen, Neri, Himelfard, Schultz, Henderson, De Forest, Thiebaud, Johnson and Tullis. Heidi Bekebrede is a multi media artist who likes to vary her palette with paint, ceramics, song and words. She has a degree in studio art from the University of California, Davis. Heidi teaches children’s classes at the Davis Art Center”

Heidi Bekebrede has been making art with clay since she was an art student at UCDavis in the late 1970s.Her colorful, playful work is inspired by the happy, singing world of early 1930’s cartoons and is continually influenced by the thousands of projects made by children in her clay workshops at local schools and at the Davis Arts Center where she has been an instructor since 1990.

Saturday, August 15th

1 pm – 4 pm: Heidi Bekebrede Workshop

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Tip Toland

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.

“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.”

Saturday, August 29th

1 pm – 4 pm: Tip Toland Workshop

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Margaret Keelan

Margaret Keelan will hand-build a sculpture from start to finish, demonstrating her unique process of repeatedly glazing, staining, and firing to give surfaces the idiosyncratic appearance of disintegrating paint over weathered wood.

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.

Saturday, Sept 5th

1 pm – 4 pm: Margaret Keelan Workshop

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Lisa Reinertson

Lisa Reinertson is known for both life size figurative ceramic sculptures and large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze. Her work ranges in content from semi-autobiographical female figures with animals in clay to historic bronze monumental portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez, immersed in narrative bas-relief imagery. The underlying presence of her work is an expression of humanist compassion. In viewing her work, we are witness to concerns of feminism, peace and social justice as they intertwine with nature and our relationship to creatures with which we share the earth. Reinertson’s expressive use of the clay medium creates sculptures that capture her nuanced observation of life forms and empathetic observations of life issues. Her work combines a realism rooted in figurative art traditions with a contemporary expression of social and psychological content.

Lisa completed her MFA at UC Davis in 1984, studying with Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri at the legendary TB-9 studio. She has taught at several universities, primarily across California, including the San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, CSU Chico, and Santa Clara University.

Saturday, Sept 26th

1 pm – 4 pm: Lisa Reinertson Workshop

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Shalene Valenzuela

Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she moved from her longtime home of Oakland, CA to participate in a long-term residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She currently maintains a studio in the historic Brunswick Building and serves as the executive director at The Clay Studio of Missoula.

Saturday, Oct 10th

1 pm – 4 pm: Shalene Valenzuela Workshop

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Lisa Clague

The distinctive figurative sculpture by Lisa Clague hovers between fantasy and reality – playful, mysterious, contemplative. “My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible,” she notes. “My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images, like dreams, are familiar but illusive.

The figures are rendered in white-ware and then treated with stains, oxides and wax. Metal, glass and/or wood are added components to complete the sculpture.

Saturday, Oct 24th

1 pm – 4 pm: Lisa Clague Workshop

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Michelle Gregor: One-day, Hands-on Figure Building Online Workshop

Are you ready to bring your figurative sculpture to the next level? Do you feel like you have hit a plateau with your current work? Do you strive to loosen up but find yourself repeating old habits? This workshop is a rare opportunity to work alongside Michelle Gregor, from the comfort of your own studio, and push your limits. All levels welcome.

In this workshop Michelle will walk you through the construction of two figures and two different poses. You will be able to ask her questions as you follow along via live webcast from her studio in Petaluma, California.

In the afternoon we will change gears to looking at surface development. Step by step instruction on the use of slips, stains, and glazes will describe how she creates her complex layered surfaces.

Bonus: Participants will receive Michelle’s access to Michelle’s Power Point slides, recipes, sources and tips and tricks.

Sunday, Nov 8th

10 am – 4 pm: Michelle Gregor Workshop

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Richard Notkin Workshop

Plaster Molds and Casting:  From Basic Techniques to Amazing Tricks

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.

Saturday, November 21st

10 am – 4 pm: Richard Notkin Workshop

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