January 23, 2021 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
VIRTUAL:  Handle Extravaganza with Naomi Clement

3:30-5:30pm PT / 6:30-8:30pm ET

Instructor:  Naomi Clement

A virtual workshop all about handles! One of the trickier aspects to refine and make your own, a good, well-balanced handle is essential to make strong functional work. Naomi will demonstrate a number of different ways to make handles—from pulled handles to hollow handles, or unique multi-part handles, there are so many different ways to make elegant and unique handles and knobs. Naomi will also discuss key functional considerations and issues of proportion to keep in mind when adding handles to your work. In the last part of this workshop, Naomi will talk about some of her favorite handles from the pots in her collection. 

Naomi will demonstrate outlined techniques for approximately 1.75  hours, after which there will be some time reserved for more in-depth, live Q&A. All workshops will be hosted by the Sonoma Ceramics staff; participants will be encouraged to ask questions using the chat forum in Zoom, and the host will communicate these questions to Naomi during her demo.

All students will receive the Zoom recording of the workshop to watch at their convenience for two weeks after the workshop. Many participants choose to observe the virtual workshop and work later, but you may also work alongside Naomi during the demo.

Participants must pre-register for the workshop to get the Zoom link & tool list. Once you register, the links will be in your confirmation email. 

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All Levels
All Ages

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Naomi Clement

Naomi Clement


Naomi Clement is a Canadian artist and educator who explores ideas of home and belonging through the powerful lens of functional ceramics. She received her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2017, and her B.F.A from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University in 2003. Naomi has participated in residencies including Sonoma Ceramics at Sonoma Community Center, given lectures and workshops, and exhibited her work across Canada and the United States. She served as a board member for the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine. Most recently, Naomi was a Summer Artist-in-Residence at the renowned Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, in Helena, Montana.