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Sculptural Objects with Visitng Artist Rachel Heibel

July 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Throughout a 6 week session students can explore the domestic interior in whatever way is most exciting to them. Oftentimes I’m motivated by choosing a specific household item or furniture piece that I want to make in clay, and other times the root of my making is a more abstract feeling. This class welcomes makers whose work falls on all points of the spectrum of sculpture and function. We will also spend time discussing questions such as: what is function? Is beauty a function?  

The classes will consist of a few brief presentations to credit artists who have fueled my practice and open students’ minds to the vast opportunities that ceramics provides. These will get students to think about where their object will live, on the wall, table, floor, pedestal, etc.  Demos will be continuous! Although the essentials will be planned out, I like to take time to direct students’ attention to their peers’ ways of understanding clay, as well as offering project specific demos to students during consultations if desired.

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: Fridays, July 7th – August 11th
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions: 6
Instructor: Rachel heibel
Location: Room 117
Ages: Adult 18+
Skill Level: All Levels
Sliding Scale: $200 / $275 / $350
Financial aid available

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