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Throwing for Surface Design

June 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

This session is for those who already know how to center successfully! Work with returning community member and visiting artist, Turiya Gross, to explore intermediate throwing techniques with an emphasis on surface design; paying attention to how forms can inform and guide our surface expression.

Investigate how surface designs activate varying forms differently (how does slip trailing look on a low, wide bowl vs. a tall skinny vase?). Level up your wheel throwing through surface design exercises and begin to develop your own personal artistic voice in your work.With your 8 week class registration, students receive the opportunity to purchase a studio pass for ½ off during the duration of their class. Sign up for a student membership here

Visiting Artist; Turiya Gross

Artist / Instructor

Turiya Gross is a Ceramic Artist based out of Taos, New Mexico. Her work is inspired by the Ceramics she was exposed to in Mexico ( where she was born and raised) and by the experience of living at a Craft Community in Upstate New York where my brushwork developed by learning Folk Art Turkish motifs taught by an older Turkish man and by her travels and residencies. Turiya’s inspiration for surface and firing techniques are often based on pieces she see in museums (whether consciously or unconsciously) . She feels deeply connected to shapes and surfaces that can draw attention to the human touch and craftsmanship. In a world where we discard our single use objects, Turiya wants her work to help slow down our lives and appreciate a moment in time and space. She feels that the more we work with our hands to understand how things are made, the more we understand the effort spent in something well made and continue to bring curiosity to all aspects of our lives.

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: Tuesdays, June 13th – August 8th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Total Sessions: 8 (No class July 4th)
Instructor: Visitng Artist; Turiya Gross
Location: Room 117
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sliding Scale: $150 / $275 / $450
Financial aid available

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