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Ceramic Lamps Workshop with Visiting Artist Rachel Heibel

June 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am June 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Students will explore the element of light and different ways humans have been relying on and manipulating it. Students are welcome to create a standard modern lamp lit with a light bulb, or explore how the ceramic form could invite LEDs, fire, or more. We will open the session with a small slideshow and a demo followed by work time and individual consultations. Students will learn various handbuilding techniques to help achieve their personally designed lamp. By the end of the weekend you will have a lamp to be fired, in the following weeks, there will be a follow up session to wire your lamps or complete your piece in whatever way necessary. 

***Saturday July 8th 10am-1pm; optional lamp assembly gathering

Rachel Heibel

Artist / Instructor

Rachel is a Chicago based ceramic artist who is working towards her MFA in ceramics at The Art Institute of Chicago. She previously received a BFA from The University of Michigan with an academic focus in sustainability which has led her to deeply value relationships rooted in reciprocity, often something we have to look to plants to learn. Rachel thinks about function as a way to create an honest connection between the object and the user. The material history of ceramics has a persisting existence with the universal feeling of the domestic, and she finds fascination with the overlooked objects that our bodies interact with daily. Rachel uses the processes of coil and slab building with clay to create sculptural art objects that grow from the ground up. Learning from the material and allowing the clay and glazes to have a voice in my work is important to me. Aesthetically, Rachel allows the patterns and forms in the natural world to influence her pieces as much as possible.

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.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, June 24th & 25th
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Total Sessions: 2
Instructor: Visiting Artist Rachel Heibel
Location: Room 117
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: All Levels
Sliding Scale: $120 / $200 / $280
Financial aid available

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