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Gualala Arts Workshop
Hand-Building Clay Animals
Instructor: Jan Maria Chiappa

Saturday, September 23, 9:00 ~   2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, 9:00 ~ 12:00 p.m.

Hand-Building Clay Animals Register by September 2

Tuition: $50 members; $65 non-members
Materials fee: $20
Min. 6 students; max. 10 students
Age: All (Children under 12 with adult)

On the first Saturday, enjoy a day of hand-building animals, boxes, whistles, incense holders, bowls, etc., in clay. Learn simple sculptural techniques, clay tools, and simple workspaces. On the second Saturday, your fired pieces will be ready. You will learn glazing, acrylic decoration and other ideas for decorating bisqued clay. Glazed pieces will be available for pickup the following Saturday.

Jan Maria has had a long and varied career in both the arts and education. She has taught art on all levels from pre-school to graduate school. For the past several years she has been working in her clay studio in the Gualala area.

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. Although her first love is painting and drawing, she has worked in many media including textiles, batik, etching and clay.

Jan Maria also holds an Open Clay Studio at the Gualala Arts Center.

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