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Create a ceramic bowl or cup using the potter’s wheel! In this class, you will have the opportunity to try your out the traditional, yet popular, methods in creating ceramics. Students will keep a unique ceramic piece that will be glazed and fired.
I want to spend the rest of my life living by thebeach and teaching ceramics. I learned to make pottery in Californ ia, but spending a year in Japan also influenced my aesthetic sensibility. My artwork strives for formal and decorative balance, but I never try to make two pieces that are exactly the same. I believe that using handmade ceramic objects lends a certain ritual significance to routine activities; objects that you made yourself are uniquely satisfying.
Sat, May 28, PM (Pottery Wheel)
Join experienced ceramicist Walter Reiss and create a unique teapot of your own. Using a combination of hand building tools and techniques, you will experience the magic of clay. In this workshop you will explore texture, form and color.
Walter Reiss is an accomplished ceramicist who has been exhibiting his work for the last 37 years at both the Sawdust Art Festival and the Festival of Arts. Walter describes his work as a combination of dark whimsy using the plastic properties of clay to realize his vision. His numerous awards include the International Fletcher Challenge Award.
Create your own sushi plate. In this introductory hand building workshop students will be making a slab plate fit for a sushi taster or simply to decorate your favorite room with. Surface may be adorned with a simple quote or a decorative pattern. Advanced students will have the opportunity to be guided through a simple technique of inlay, using scraffito and colored engobes to finish off their original ware.
Klai Brown is a Long Beach area ceramicist who received her BFA at CSULB and is currently exhibiting and selling her work nationwide. At times, Klai’s work shares a kinship with the expressive works of Egon Schiele and the youthful, playfulness of Yoshitoma Nara. Her work combines a juxtaposition of intense craftsmanship and fanciful whimsy, while being kitschy and self‐reflective.
Try your hand at the pottery wheel and create a large ceramic bowl, which will be glazed and fired in the kiln. These bowls are larger than average and perfect for soup bowls.
Robert was drawn into his work with clay twenty-eight years ago and has been actively pursuing the ceramics spectrum ever since. Ceramics is a complex craft, requiring controlled physical and mental discipline, the magic of the fire, and dabbling in the crucible of nature. After many years creating functional and traditional ceramics, Robert’s interests have shifted toward two much more unpredictable and spontaneous ceramic techniques, “raku” and “saggar” firing. These two methods have presented the artist with many exciting and demanding new challenges. Robert is a native of Southern California, graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and annual exhibitor, since 1991, at the Sawdust Art Festival. He is also a member of the Laguna Beach Craft Guild. His work has been featured at the prestigious Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, and has been displayed in galleries and design showrooms across California. His ceramics can also be found in the hands of corporations and private collectors internationally.
Fri, June 17, PM (pottery wheel): CLOSED
Sat, June 18, AM (pottery wheel): CLOSED
Create your own ceramic boxes with Sawdust Artist Nadine Nordstrom. In this workshop you will learn hand building techniques, shaping, forming and imprinting. No prior experience needed.
Nadine had a successful career as a RN nurse before dedicating herself full-time to Ceramics. A Laguna Beach local and regular exhibitor at the Sawdust Art Festival, Nadine’s work reveals a passion for color, texture and geometric shapes. On the subject of ceramics she states “The learning process is slow, with some successes and many failures. But, that tiny modicum of success has always enabled me to keep trying, to keep learning, experimenting and growing as a potter.”
Sat, June 4, PM: CLOSED
Ceramicist, Ora Sterling is offering a class that will teach you how to make
Born in Long Beach, California, Ora Sterling is a fifth generation native Californian. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1974 and had the opportunity to study art in Artes Plasticas, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico as well as participate in a cultural exchange for Project Pakistan, sponsored by the US State Department in 1973. Sterling has managed and designed for Albatross Galleries, Plum Foolish Ceramic Designs, and has studio locations in Boulder, Colorado; Eden, Utah; Cambria and Laguna Beach, California. She has exhibited in many renowned shows including Los Angeles Mart, San Francisco Mart, Beckman’s Gift Show Los Angeles, San Francisco International Gift Fair, Festival of Arts and the Sawdust Art Festival.
Participants will learn about the proportions and locations of facial features such as noses, eyes, mouth, etc. A simple drawing will be made of a face with correct proportions. Participants will roll out a clay slab to form a basic face shape with the top of the head open. This form will be molded over newspaper or plactic bags forms. The face form will be attached to a second clay slab that will then be cut out to form the back. Modeling of the features will take up most of the class time, creating a character face. A hole will be cut in the second slab for hanging and a drain hole for water in the chin, then the planter will be signed by the participant. The planters will then be placed on boards to dry. Once dry, the planters will be bisque fired and mailed to the participants. They may be planted and hung on a wall or fence.
Jan Sattler has been working in clay for over forty years and has studied with several professional clay artists in both Minnesota and California. With a BA in Art from Beloit College and an MA with a concentration in Intaglio printing from Montclair State College in New Jersey, Sattler, at various times over the last thirty-some years, has been an art teacher, professional puppeteer, commercial artist, costume designer and educational consultant. Since she retired from public school teaching and moved back to Laguna Beach 13 years ago, she began her second career as an artist. Since moving back to her hometown of Laguna Beach, Sattler resumed snorkeling in the ocean and exploring the tidepools; both experiences have provided inspiration for the sculpture that she has exhibited at the Sawdust Festival. In addition to creating art, she has served 10 years on the Arts Commission for the City of Laguna Beach, has been a docent at Laguna Art Museum, us a teaching artist with LOCA and an Laguna Ocean TideWater Docent as well.