January 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
VIRTUAL SURFACE SERIES: Poetic Pots with Gabo Martini

10:00AM-12:00PM PT / 1:00-3:00PM ET

Instructor: Gabo Martini

This virtual workshop will focus on carving text-based imagery (POETRY!) onto clay utilizing slip or underglaze and the sgraffito technique. The surface design technique of sgraffito starts with custom colored slips on red earthenware clay although this process can be used on any type of clay-with slips and underglaze. Participants will learn about applying slips and the variety of textures and line variation that sgraffito has to offer. Gabo will be demonstrating how pieces are slipped, prepped with guides for more precise carving, and finally carved. Gabo will also be talking about her process of writing poetry and how it can be translated into a three-dimensional pottery form. 

With time remaining after the demo, there will be an opportunity for in-depth, and 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 staff will communicate these questions to Gabo during her demo.

Students will receive the Zoom recording of the workshop to watch at their convenience for two weeks after the workshop (this will be sent to you 24 hours after the workshop). Many participants choose to observe the virtual workshop and work later, but you may also work alongside Gabo during the demo. If you cannot attend the whole workshop, you may drop in and out as you choose- remember, you’ll have the video to watch for 2 weeks after the workshop is over.

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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Gabo Martini

Gabo Martini


Gabriela Martinez was born in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1995. She received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics from Texas State University in 2018. Martini has exhibited work at the Conduit Gallery in Dallas, the Texas State Galleries in San Marcos, as well as at the Historic Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, and the Rockport Center for the Arts. Martini’s work explores the interplay between surface and form. Inspired by indigenous Mexican and Native American art, she carves patterning and lettering onto vessel forms. She currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.