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Bodily Clay; Intro to large scale ceramics

In this 8-week course students will explore large scale ceramic construction. This class will be through the lens of Daniels ‘figurative/bodily’ practice and will have demos to learn, experiment, and reflect on the living body sculpted.

The product of this class will be 1 large scale sculpture, as well as multiple tests and experimentations that reflect that individual maker’s vision and direction. We will be utilizing hand-building techniques of coil-building and some slab building. There will be demos on core components of building up a ‘body’. We will learn internal structural techniques for large scale forms as well as building modularly for large scale. There will also be demos on texture, surfacing, and attachments. Near the end of the class we will explore glaze applications and cold-finish surfacing techniques.

We will be looking at the body not through the lens of figurative realism, but through a reflective, socio-politically aware, individually emotive sense of what ‘body’ means to the maker. Clay as a body of its own, will share a bodily relationship with the maker at a large scale. Amorphic, queer, and abstract ideas are welcome and encourage This class will have discussions, lectures, exercises and prompts that will address contemporary and historical depictions of the body in ceramics. As we tie these inspirations into our own practice we will reflect and explore our own relationships to body and clay.

Dan Clauson

SCC Resident Artist

Daniel is a Queer and Trans Artist focusing mostly in ceramics. Dan utilizes their past experiences of gender dysphoria, relationships, and ‘home’ to influence their work. Connecting contradicting ideas of love and pain, trauma and acceptance, intimacy and ambiguity. From the University of Washington, Daniel received a Bachelors in Art in the 3D4M department, as well as a minor in Art History. Daniel has attended both the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) as a Post Baccalaureate in ceramics. This past Fall, they were one of the 2022 artists in residences at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

August 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Wednesdays, August 9th – September 27th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions:
Resident Artist Dan Clauson
Room 117
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Intro / All Levels
Sliding Scale:
$190 / $275 / $350
Financial Aid Availabl
e – Apply Here

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