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Archive of past events: 2004 through 2014

Gualala Arts Workshop
Open Clay Studio
Instructor: Jan Maria Chiappa

Every Wednesday in June & August
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Open Clay Studio, with Jan Maria Chiappa Drop-In Open Enrollment

Members:           Single Session $22, or 5 Session Card for $100
Non-members:   Single Session $28, or 5 Session Card for $120

Maximum: 8 students
Age: Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult during class
Students may bring any clay materials for firing between cone 06 & 6.

Every Wednesday morning in June and August, the Clay Studio at the Gualala Arts Center will be open. Clay, tools and teaching support will be available. Come enjoy the experience of working in clay. All skill levels are invited. Be a member of a working clay studion, talk about art, share creativity... Bring a bag lunch; beverages will be provided. Call for fee schedule and more information. Purchase a Clay Studio Multiple-Session card for a savings.

Open Clay Studio, with Jan Maria Chiappa Jan Maria Chiappa has had a long and varied career in both the arts and education. After completing her BFA, including time at the Chicago Art Institute, she traveled West and was a co-founder and curator of the first women's art gallery on the West Coast, The First Majority in Berkeley. She maintined a studio in Berkeley for many years producing fine art and functional craft pieces. Along the way, she has done graduate work in psychology and earned a Masters in scripture and ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Open Clay Studio, with Jan Maria Chiappa Although her first love is painting and drawing, she has worked in many media including textiles, batik, etching and clay. She has taught art on all levels from preschool to graduate school. For the past several years she has been working in her clay studion in the Gualala Area. She continues to draw, paint and work in textiles.

In September, she will be teaching a workshop, Hand-built Clay Animals, at the Gualala Arts Center.

For additional information, contact the instructor at (707) 884-3825. Her website is