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.

Arthur Gonzalez

Arthur Gonzalez, one of the most established California sculptors today, is known for his juxtaposing incongruent and eccentric figures that evoke conflicting responses. In his demo, Gonzalez will hand-build and discuss how he constructs his work and how he hangs his pieces on walls.

Saturday, May 30th

1 pm – 4 pm: Arthur Gonzalez Demo

*Times are Pacific Standard Time
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Esther Shimazu

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. In her demo, Shimazu will build an entire ceramic dog from start to finish.

Saturday, June 13th

1 pm – 4 pm: Esther Shimazu Demo

*Times are Pacific Standard Time

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Beth Lo

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.

Saturday, June 27th

1 pm – 4 pm: Beth Lo Workshop

*Times are Pacific Standard Time

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Patti Warashina

The human figure has fascinated ceramic sculptor Patti Warashina for most of her 55+ year art career. Her sustaining interest in the human figure is likely due to the fact that her own body is the closest resource from which she draws her ideas. The use of the body gives affirmation to Warashina’s own daily existence, and serves as the subject of her own “visual diary” which, for Warashina, is a reminder, reflection, and observation of personal time and the civilization in which she lives. Warashina draws from her daily life and has an abnormal interest in the absurdity and foibles of human behavior, in which her figures have become the actors in her introspective narratives.

Saturday, July 11th

1 pm – 4 pm: Patti Warashina Workshop

*Times are Pacific Standard Time

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Kevin Snipes

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.

Saturday, July 25th

1 pm – 4 pm: Kevin Snipes Workshop

*Times are Pacific Standard Time

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