July 8 – 26, 2019

Instructor:  Kala Stein at Menlo Studio, Jingdezhen, China, the Porcelain Capitol

Set up shop in the private Menlo Studio for the second annual summer ceramics intensive led by Kala Stein. Participants will be given the tasks of responding to Jingdezhen and exploring the intersection of art, design, and production at the handmade. Kala will lead group projects to initiate experimental learning centered on investigations into the physical and conceptual nuances of making with porcelain in the extraordinary setting of Jingdezhen, the Porcelain Capitol City, partnering with local artists to experiment and make work.

In addition to the studio classroom experience with Kala, participants will have the chance to learn through demonstrations by master blue and white painters, mold makers, and other artists and artisans living in Jingdezhen, both foreign and local.

If you cannot make the workshop, be sure to stay tuned for subsequent programming at the Sonoma Community Center.

Kala Stein

Kala Stein


Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. Her work explores dynamic systems and practices within the intersection of design, production, and craft.  

Kala received her MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA in Ceramics from SUNY New Paltz. Along with her collaborative, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to explore architectural terracotta and digital fabrication at the Maryland Institute of Art in 2017.

She exhibits her work widely and works with private clients on custom designs for the home and hospitality industry.  Kala has taught colleges and art centers across the country including Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Diablo Valley College, and Alfred University.  She is the of Director of Ceramics at Sonoma Community Center, California, and oversees the public studio and artist in residence program.