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Gualala Arts Workshop
Clay Containers: Handbuilding Vessels of Clay
Instructor: Zola de Firmian

Five Saturdays
beginning April 22, 2006
9:00am - noon

Clay Containers: Handbuilding Vessels of Clay - Zola de Firmian Register by April 7

Tuition: $150 members; $165 non-members
Materials fee: $15
Materials List: Yes
Min. 3 students; max. 5 adult students

This course explores a variety of creative methods to build containers by hand. The vessel - bowl, cup, container... open and closed - is a ripe metaphor for self expression. Each session will begin with a demonstration, then hands-on work (with close instruction): We'll make forms of slab, coil, and slip-cast construction, then explore surface decoration techniques such as sculpted relief, sgraffito, and colored slips.

Cone six clay and glazes will be used. The course takes place over five Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 12 noon. The small class format creates a space for both beginners and experienced individuals to delight in clay's power to unleash creativity.

For more information, contact the instructor at or call (707) 884-1887.

Note: The course is one in a series of Three Thematic "5-Class" Sessions. If ongoing ceramics development is your goal, it's fine to enroll in more than one "5-class" Session.