May 26 – June 5, 2019

Instructor:  Kala Stein at La Meridiana, International School for Ceramics in Tuscany

Respond to culture, place, and tools to develop work that explores the intersection of design, production, and the handmade. Focusing on pots and vessels, Kala will lead projects to initiate experimental learning combining studio techniques and exposure to historic Italian ceramic traditions.

Along with concentrated studio time, we will aim to strike a fine balance between indulging pleasures of the Tuscan region with cultural and creative exploration. This workshop excursions and experiences to inspire our creative spirits: a cooking class and dinner with renowned Tuscan Chef Lucia Zucconi, Certaldo alto, Siena and a day trip to the town of Volterra where we will see the elegant to extravagant vessels of the Etruscan culture. 
Each day in the studio, Kala will demonstrate a technique for making, introducing new ways to think though the ceramic process. Individual investigations are encouraged and supported with pop-up demos and one-on-one conversations. For both throwers and hand builders, some clay experience is necessary. Focusing on process over the fired result, we are not intending to glaze fire in this workshop; however, we can bisque in order for you to take home valuable tokens of the learning process.

Topics include: finding form through silhouette, local clay, bisque mold & stamps, extruding, templates (for form & pattern) , hybrid construction, handles & appliqué.

If you cannot make the workshop, be sure to stay tuned for subsequent programming at the Sonoma Community Center.

Kala Stein

Kala Stein


Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. Her work explores dynamic systems and practices within the intersection of design, production, and craft.  

Kala received her MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA in Ceramics from SUNY New Paltz. Along with her collaborative, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to explore architectural terracotta and digital fabrication at the Maryland Institute of Art in 2017.

She exhibits her work widely and works with private clients on custom designs for the home and hospitality industry.  Kala has taught colleges and art centers across the country including Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Diablo Valley College, and Alfred University.  She is the of Director of Ceramics at Sonoma Community Center, California, and oversees the public studio and artist in residence program.