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Throwing Double Walled Forms

July 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am July 2, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

Level up your throwing skills in this morning weekend workshop with Ben Betourne on throwing Double Walled Forms; a particular technique that allows the maker to trap air in between layers of clay while throwing forms. This intermediate-advanced skill creates signature bulbous forms and can be utilized in many ways like cutting into the outer layer to reveal the inner form for an intricate, lighter look.

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.

Ben Betourne

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.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, July 1st & July 2nd
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM
Total Sessions: 2
Instructor: Ben Betourne
Location: Room 117
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sliding Scale: $85 / $120 / $165
Financial aid available

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