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Community Totem Building Project

April 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 29th & 30th
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sessions: 2 Day
Instructor: Roger Wiere
Location: Secret Garden
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Intro / All Levels
Sliding Scale: Free!
All work goes toward supporting the
Community Center in future fundraisers.
Financial aid available below

Class Description

Totem(s) Build days set for April 29 and April 30, 2023

1. We are nearing the Totem Build Day! We are requesting that you start dropping off your completed totem piece(s) at the Center. We have designated an area adjacent to   the Cone 10 Kiln Shed for your piece(s). All are encouraged to look at what has been completed so far. We (you) need to inventory the completed pieces to make sure we have enough pieces, particularly specialty pieces such as Tops, Bottoms, Spacers, etc. to complete 10+ totems.

2. The weekend selected for the 2023 Totem Build is April 29 and 30 (weather permitting). The hours for the Build will be from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and completing the finishing touches will take place on Sunday morning from 10 am to Noon. Artists, the general public, Sonoma Community Center Members and Board Members are all invited to participate in the Totem Build event. In order to meet our 10+ three – to six – foot-tall Totems we’ll need approximately 150 pieces…

3. Anyone can come to the event and observe the process and/or participate in the build. A special addition to this year’s Totem Build is that “Chef” Megan will be firing-up the wood burning Pizza Oven so pizza and drinks will be provided on the build day (Saturday).

4. Roger will be bringing some tools and materials (PVC Pipe, Clear Caulk, Tape, etc.) but you may be interested in bringing any additional tools/supplies you think we might use.

5. As mentioned earlier, the Totems become the property of the Sonoma Community Center and becomes one of the Center’s fundraisers. They have been sold at the annual Chili Bowl and Muse or purchased after being installed in the Secret Garden. I expect the Totems will be priced somewhere between $600 and $1,200 (more or less) depending on size and artistic appeal. New to this year’s Build will be that participants/observers will be able to purchase completed Totems on the last day of the event at a discounted rate. Discuss with Megan at the event if you are interested in purchasing a Totem Sculpture(s).

6. If you have questions most of the Monitors and some Members are familiar with the process of making Totem pieces. Contact either Megan or Roger if you have additional questions. Roger is on site every 2nd and 4th Saturday and drops-in on other days.

Megan Billingham, Director,   Roger Wiere, 707 224-8805

Day of Syllabus

About the Instructor

Roger Wiere

Instructor / Artist

Roger Wiere is a longtime studio monitor of Sonoma Ceramics with an extensive background in building large format sculptural work, often in the form of totems. With a keen eye for creating beautiful, explorative, and tall totems, Roger’s work is easily recognizable throughout the center, especially in the Secret Garden.

Sliding Scale Guidance

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.

Class Policies

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

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

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