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The Figure in Fragments

June 13 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Thursdays June 13 – August 1
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions:
Resident Alumni Dan Clauson
Room 117
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Improver / Intermediate
Sliding Scale:
$190 / $275 / $350

Our pricing structure has changed.
For more information click here.

About the class

Skill Level: This class is best for those with some clay experience. 

In this 8 week course, students will investigate the bodily figure in clay through fragmentation. Fragmentation is a way to reflect and investigate how one part engages with the whole as well as how one part is an entity in itself. This method of working helps build the foundation for those wanting to work larger scale and/or figuratively, as well as helps recenter and renew curiosity for those already deep in their craft. We will work through fragments to find value in each component, bring attention to the small details, and learn ways to allocate time for the overlooked; a practice suited for many parts of life. 

In each class we will focus on one ‘fragment’ of the body; class one-feet, class two- hands, class three-limbs, ect.There will be a demonstration, an exercise, and then time to work with that fragment to create a finalized piece or a modular collection of figurative fragments. 

We will be utilizing handbuilding techniques such as coil building, some slab building, and the occasional solid clay piece. 

This class will also include handouts of resources to help build a collection of artists and inspirations that investigate the body, fragmentation, and embodiment.   

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when registering or by emailing Sean at

Registration Fee Change Announcement, 2024

The Sonoma Community Center assessed the sliding scale payment system and determined it did not serve the community as intended. After conducting a survey, and analyzing internal data, we determined that the lowest price tier has not always been accessible to those who need it most. In response, as of July 1, 2024 we are moving to a simplified registration process. The new registration will have a general enrollment fee plus options for tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is accessible through an online request form; the additional participant information will allow us to tailor accessible pricing for individual needs and increase our ability to offer more pricing options. Also available upon registration is the option to add a tax-deductible donation to support the Center’s ability to help community members across the arts.

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.

About the instructor

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.

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