We have a limited selection of our virtual classes as Video-on-Demand!

All of the classes below are being offered as a ‘Rental’ through Vimeo which gives you access to watch the video as many times as you like for a thirty (30) day window from the date of purchase.

Lynn Wood

Lynn Wood

Lynn Wood IS the Pottery Texture Queen. She is inspired by textures found in nature, architecture, and textiles and brings this joy into her work through pattern, texture, and color.  Lynn has developed her own patterned texture mats that can be used on hand-built and thrown pottery in a variety of ways and they are available for sale at Sonoma Community Center.  Lynn lives in Santa Rosa, shows and teaches nationally, and, of course teaches at Sonoma Ceramics.

In this virtual workshop Lynn will demonstrate a variety of simple effective techniques to create a wide variety of texture stamps and rollers. You will be able to make stamps and rollers unique to you. Even if you have made your own tools before, Lynn will have some surprises to share. These can be combined together and with other texture tools you may have to embellish the surface of both thrown and handbuilt work.

Learn how to use along with the “queen’s” texture mats. Your stamps and mats can be used beside one another and also stamps can be printed over mat images to create unique textures. As well as get a number of tips and techniques for using the texture mats to create wonderful surfaces on your work.  Using your tools right away, we will make a dish with making sprigs from your new unique tools. This dish will serve to fire all your new goodies in. Come join in to see what simple quirky tips and techniques Lynn will share to take your work to the next level.

In this virtual workshop Lynn will demonstrate making a unique rectangular slab teapot from start to finish. Details that will be covered include making a good teapot spout, a lid that fits, and integrating all the parts to work together. As you work on this iconic pottery form, skills will be practiced and improved. Lynn will also discuss her style of glazing and completing this teapot. Day 1: create the body of the teapot and use sprigs to personalize the form; Day 2: building the teapot.

Ruth Easterbrook

Ruth Easterbrook

Instructor

(b. 1984) Ruth Easterbrook was born in Redwood Valley, California growing up with the hills as her playground. She was first introduced to clay in High School which led her to pursue ceramics in college graduating in 2007 with a BFA at Syracuse University. She then spent many years learning through practice and hands-on learning as an apprentice at Hoyman-Browe Studios (CA) and assisting various artists including Whitney Smith Pottery (CA). In 2014 she began focusing on her career starting with a spring concentration class at Penland School of Craft (NC) and then spending extended time at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (CO) as a student, summer intern and returning as an Artist In Resident in 2016. In 2019 Ruth earned her MFA in ceramics at Alfred University. Now she continues her research first as an Artist in Residence at The Harvard Ceramics Program (MA) and currently at The Clay Studio (PA). She has been awarded the honor of Emerging Artist for NCECA 2020, and has shown her work across the country having pieces in the Alfred Ceramics Arts Museum collection as well as other permanent personal collections.

Through demonstrations, Ruth will show multiple ways to layer, map, and apply glazes to bring your glazing to the next level. Considering the relationship of form and surface from the early stages of making, Ruth responds to the many planes of the vessel to wrap her motifs around. Often glazing is overlooked or rushed through in the making process, by taking this workshop students will be amazed at the depth and complexity they can achieve at any temperature. Participants will be inspired at the many ways one can use wax, tape and latex beyond the foot of your pot, such as to block off, inlay and layer multiple glazes.

In her work you will see these techniques used with botanical designs on a range of pottery but these techniques are open to all forms and designs as well as different temperatures and types of firings. In Ruth’s work she uses cone six which she fires in an electric kiln (oxidation) which is becoming more and more common in studios around the world. In sharing her current research and process, she is participating in the contemporary ceramics community and inviting you to come along with her.