Saturday, 10am-12pm PDT / 1pm-3pm EDT 

September 26, 2020

Instructor:  Kala Stein

In this virtual workshop, Kala will demonstrate how to use overglaze metallic lusters and overglaze decals to get brilliant and precise surface design on top of fired glazes. With both techniques, they are applied over a glazed surface and fired again at a lower temperature, this is called down-firing. Kala will also touch on underglaze decals, although they are not part of her regular studio practice. When working with metallic lusters, proper ventilation and precautions must be taken. Kala will explain and show how to work with lusters them so that you and your studio mates remain safe.

Virtual workshops are hosted by the Sonoma Ceramics staff; participants will be encouraged to ask questions using the chat forum in Zoom, and the host will communicate these questions to Kala during her demo. All students will receive the Zoom recording of the workshop to watch at their convenience for two weeks after the workshop.

Participants must pre-register for the workshop to get the Zoom link & tool list. Once you register, the links will be in your confirmation email. 


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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.