June 7th Shop Talk Tuesday

public Soda kiln unload

and sneak peak into Artist In Residence, Tab Link’s upcoming exhibition 

blush; A soirée for the self, and with each other 


6:00 – 7:00PM PT
LOCATION: The Kiln Shed at the center

This month’s Shop Talk Tuesday is extra special as we take take our first collective look at finished work coming out of our brand new soda kiln, Julia. Listen to atmospheric firing specialist and current Artist in Residence, Tab Link, as they take you through the wonderful experience of soda firing.

Learn about the ins and outs of the entire process from wadding pots, to stacking the kiln, and get a glimpse into the wonderful mind of Tab Link. This is also a great time to get a sneak peak at some of Tab’s incredible new pieces that will be on display in their upcoming exhibition Blush; A Soirée for the Self and With Each Other opening June 24th. 

Some food and drink will be provided, but as always, please join us in our potluck style Shop Talk and bring your favorite snack to share.

FREE for members

$10 suggested donation for non members



may 17th Shop talk Tuesday

open studio and artist interview with Kala stein

LOCATION: La Haye Art Center, 148 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476La Haye Art Center is located just one block away from The Sonoma Community Center.

This month’s Shop Talk Tuesday is extra special as we take a local field trip over to artist and designer, Kala Stein’s, personal studio space. Refreshments will be available during the open studio from 5:00-6:00 PM PT. Join us at 5:30 PM PT for a special artist interview with Kala hosted by Director of Ceramics, Meg Billingham, before heading over to Tuesday Night Market at the Square! Bring your picnic group along with you and get a sneak peak into the world of Kala Stein Studios.

Attendees will get a tour of her studio, kilns and equipment which are adjacent to her exhibition space. Take this incredible opportunity to engage with Kala’s new work, and learn the ins and outs of building an independent studio practice.


APRIL 5th Shop talk Tuesday

Talkin’ Pots; conversations on in-progress work


A monthly educational ceramics get together with food for the body and food for the brain! Join as each month as we take a deeper dive into a specific theme within wonderful world of clay and ceramics! Get to know your studio mates, and get to know a little more about the process!

We’re moving back outside and in person for April Shop Talk Tuesday! And you know what that means… potluck style shop talk is back! Bring your favorite drink and a few snacks and get ready to talk shop! 

Do you have in progress work from your class that you’re looking to get feedback on? Need some pointers on where to go next? Not sure how to offer or obtain constructive criticism to your classmates?

Join us for Talkin’ Pots; Conversations on in progress work. Director of Ceramics, Meg Billingham, and Artist in residence, Tab Link, will lead the group in a few exercises on how to effectively communicate constructive critique on in progress work to spark innovation and new ideas into your heads and hands! Meg and Tab will lead an example in progress critique, and then, through conversation prompts, we will work casually together in groups to practice talkin’ pots! 

Please come prepared with 1-2 pieces that you are looking to get feedback on. These may be greenware, bisqued, in-progress, or final pieces.

Free for members

Suggested $10-15 donation for nonmembers 

RSVP here!  


MARch 4, special shop talk *friday* 

Table flares opening & curator’s walk through

We’re switching it up for March! Join us for an extra special Shop Talk *FRIDAY* on March 4th virtually OR in person. Get a chance to hear from Sara Morris and Mathew Limb, PhD Candidates in History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and talented curators of the exhibition Table Flares: Signals of Social and Environmental Change. 

The Sonoma Community Center in conjunction with the National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is hosting Table Flares: Signals of Social and Environmental Change, as a part of the 2022 NCECA conference. Contemporary California artists creating clay vessels and sculpture render visible the sociopolitical networks embedded in food and ceramics. Foodways bring attention to the the objects, activities, rituals, and beliefs that, for better or worse, connect people to food, the land, and one another. Here the table is a share cultural site upon which both tableware and fare promote cross-cultural dialogue, connecting communities across the field, market, hearth, and table.

 Read more about Table Flares 

Virtual Curator’s Walk Through: 5:00PM PT / 8:00PM ET on ZOOM

In Person Opening Reception and Curator’s Walk Through: 6:00 PM PT, Gallery 212 


VIRTUAL: February 1, Meet your team pt. 2

Grab your favorite drink and snacks and join us from the comfort of your own home for this months virtual Shop Talk Tuesday. Get a chance to hear from Kelly Brothers, our new Interim Studio Coordinator as well as some other members of your clay team! Come with thoughts about what you’d like to see out of Sonoma Ceramics in 2022. At the end of the session, Interim Director of Ceramics, Meg Billingham, will host a small community q&a session

Ceramics’ Shop Talk Tuesdays are every first Tuesday of the month! An educational community centered gathering with new topic/presentation will be offered each month. 

Sonoma Community Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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HYBRID: January 4, Meet your team!

Meet the new resident artist, Tab Link, current Interim Director of Ceramics, Megan Billingham, as well as some of the 2022 teaching artists including Lynn Wood, Deborah Donahower, and Barbara Obata. Get to know your Sonoma Ceramics Team and their practices! Each artist will present a short presentation on their personal practice with q&a sessions throughout.

We are excited to offer Shop Talk Tuesday as a HYBRID event, feel free to join in person or online from your own home! To prioritize our community’s health and safety, there will be no food or drink at the January Shop Talk.                        In person max, 15 attendees; Please RSVP by emailing Meg Billingham, Interim Director of Ceramics at   [email protected]

Click the artist images below for a sneak peek at some of your presenters!