TUESDAY October 5, 3:30-6:00pm PT / 6:30-9:00pm ET
Five ceramic artists, Osa Atoe, Ashwini Bhat, Naomi Clement, Kala Stein and Melissa Weiss, share methods, tips, and resources for your studio set up whether at home or a shared space. Topics such as reclaim, shelving, lighting, equipment, and tools will be covered. Each artist has a unique studio practice and studio situation so you’ll see a variety of solutions and approaches including co-working studios, basement studio, garage studio, house studio. Each artist will share a presentation with Q&A, all five artists will address your questions through lively discussion.
- Osa Atoe: Osa will show her new, lightly renovated garage studio space attached to her home. Increased work space has allowed her to map out separate stations for wheel throwing, assembling & handbuilding, glazing, packing & shipping, etc. This setup has greatly improved her workflow. Some elements of Osa’s studio are still in progress. She also shares her space with a laundry machine and dryer which might be a pathway to discussions about how domestic work and ceramic work flow together when you work from home.
- Ashwini Bhat: Ashwini’s studio situation has evolved as her life changed. For the last 15 years, she’s worked as an artist-in-residence in at least a dozen studios in India, Japan, China, Australia, and all over the US. She built her first studio and wood kiln in India, and when she found herself in Northern California, she redesigned her studio-life and practice to fit the new situation. Now she works as a full-time studio artist, out of a self-sufficient home-office-studio. She’ll give a walkthrough of the space she’s designed to fit her current needs.
- Naomi Clement: Naomi will show her home studio, which is made up of two separate spaces. All production takes place in her basement studio, and firing and finishing of work takes place in her attached garage which houses her kiln. Naomi will discuss how she set up her home studio on a pretty tight budget, with simple materials from the hardware store. Naomi will discuss ways to deal with water (her studio doesn’t have a sink), protecting floors, figuring out work flow, and how she manages work/life balance, now that she works from home.
- Kala Stein: Kala will show the 2 studios she works in – Sonoma Ceramics, the public studio where she is the Director, and her shared studio in downtown Sonoma located at La Haye Art Center. Highlights of the presentation will include how she deals with large batches of casting slip, reclaim, shelving systems, test tiles, and air quality.
- Melissa Weiss: In this virtual Workshop Series, Melissa will show you her clay making system she uses to make her clay body from clay she digs in Arkansas, her Bailey gas kiln and shipping set up. Melissa’s studio is in a warehouse space shared with other artists and the logistics of communal studio set up will also be discussed.
Participants must pre-register for the workshop to get the Zoom link. Be sure you create a free zoom account ahead of time. Once you register, the links will be in your confirmation email. Each workshop is available to watch 30 days after it was recorded, so if you cannot make the event, please register anyway and watch the recording at your convenience.
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.
Melissa Weiss is originally from NY. She received her BFA in photography in 2000 from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Melissa currently resides in Asheville, NC where she runs a studio housing over 20 artists in an 8000 square foot warehouse called SouthSideStudios near the Swannanoa River. She is a full time studio potter. Melissa makes functional high fired pots from clay she digs on her land in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Melissa is a self taught potter yet has learned from many potters in the Asheville area. Melissa has attended John C. Campbell, Penland and Arrowmont as a studio assistant ,a work study and a teacher for wood fire workshops. Melissa has spent the last 15 years learning how to fire wood and gas fueled kilns. Melissa is the author of the book “Hand Built, A Potter’s Guide” Melissa makes all her own clay, glazes and slips and fires them in gas and wood fired reduction kilns to cone 10.
Instructor & Director of Ceramics
Kala Stein (b.1979) is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. At the intersection of craft, design, and new technologies, her work explores notions of beauty through fabrication systems and materials. Kala received her MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2009. She stayed on at Alfred to teach ceramics and curate at the Cohen Gallery from 2009-2015.
She exhibits her work nationally and works with private clients on custom designs for the home and hospitality industry. Her community-based work is aimed at developing models to help organizations, schools, and private practitioners operate with sustainable practices and to be inclusive through art advocacy. She is the Director of Ceramics & Arts at Sonoma Community Center and teaches mold making and slip casting.
Ashwini Bhat’s studio situation has evolved as her life changed. For the last 15 years, she’s worked as an artist-in-residence in at least a dozen studios in India, Japan, China, Australia, and all over the US. She built her first studio and wood kiln in India, and when she found herself in Northern California, she redesigned her studio-life and practice to fit the new situation. Now she works as a full-time studio artist, out of a self-sufficient home-office-studio. She’ll give a walkthrough of the space she’s designed to fit her current needs.
Osa Atoe owns and operates Pottery by Osa, producing small-batch handmade functional ceramics. PBO grew out of Atoe’s kitchen in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2015 and has since expanded to a full sized studio space at her current home in Sarasota, Florida where she offers monthly collections to her online audience. Atoe is a ceramicist and social activist using her craft to foster community and justice. From her past as a punk musician and zine writer to her current incarnation as an entrepreneur and potter, Atoe’s creative work has always been anchored by the politics of equity and identity. Her pottery is an examination of humankind using ceramics as a window into the past. Learning from ancient pottery or pottery from different cultures, we get a glimpse into the values and practices of people from other places and times. Atoe uses these insights to build a future of modern ceramic ware that is timeless. She also uses her pottery to raise funds and awareness for Black and people of color led social justice organizations in her own city, all over the country and extending all of the way to Nigeria, where her parents immigrated from in the 1970s.