Sonoma Ceramics and Sonoma Community Center presents The Casting Series – a virtual series showcasing the diverse studio practices and work of artists who use molds to form ceramics.  Theories, philosophies, and techniques are shared through virtual visits to the artist’s studios.  The series is designed to show an array of processes from the traditional to the unexpected and inventive.  Expect to unsettle your assumptions about design, mold making, casting, and production in this virtual series produced and hosted by mold maker and ceramicist Kala Stein.

Zoom Format: Artist will present a brief artist talk followed by a demonstration showing how they use molds to make their extraordinary work.  Hosted by Kala Stein who will present your questions to the artist in real time. The workshops will be sent to you within 24 hours and will be available to watch for 30 days.

3:30-5:30PM PT / 6:30-8:30PM ET

Instructor:  Kala Stein

In this virtual workshop, students will learn about Kala’s studio practice and how she utilized mold systems for modular casting, glaze fusing, CNC milled embossed patterns, and more.  She will share her research and projects completed during her residency at MICA’s fab-lab supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Grant as well as her sabbatical in 2019 at Menlo Studio, Jingdezhen, China the porcelain capital of the world.

The workshop will begin with a brief slide talk, followed by the demo, after which there will be some time reserved for more in-depth, live Q&A from the participants.

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. 


All Ages

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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.