Level up your throwing skills in this split day workshop with Ben Betourne on throwing Butter Crocks. A form sometimes also known as a butter bell or butter keeper, the Butter Crocks is a two-piece butter storage container that lives on your kitchen countertop. Fresh butter is stored in the top piece known as the bell, and water is stored in the base or the crock. The water creates what is known as a ‘water seal’, which allows the butter to stay fresh and protected from oxygen and bacteria in the air.
First session will focus on demos and skill development from Ben Betourne with one-on-one guidance as you practice the new technique. The second session will focus on specific trimming techniques utilizing the pieces thrown the day before and, if time, more practice throwing at the wheel.
This class is designed for folks who may already have an open studio pass or home studio and can come back to finish their work and glaze. If you do not have an open studio pass, reach out to a ceramics team member and ask about our drop-in day pass.
Artist / Instructor
Ben has been working in clay for over 16 years and is truly passionate about throwing pots. He specializes in large scale multi-part forms for indoor and outdoor use. His signature, carved surfaces distinguish his work with patterns referencing the energy he puts into throwing and finishing his impressive pots.
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.
Day 1: Friday, July 21st, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Day 2: Saturday, July 22nd, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions: 2
Instructor: Ben Betourne
Location: Room 117
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sliding Scale: $85 / $120 / $175
Financial aid available