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Gualala Arts Workshop
Ceramics: Slab Vessel with Texture
Instructor: Barbara Tocher

Saturday, March 13, 2010 &
Saturday, March 27, 2010    
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Ceramics: Slab Vessel with Texture - Barbara Tocher
Register by:   February 24, 2010
Tuition:   $90 members; $110 non-members
Materials Fee:   $40

Students will make a bowl or a platter which is shaped with a slump mold. The interior or "up" side will be textured using a variety of methods demonstrated. Feet will be added if desired. Texturing allows the student to play with the clay, produces nice effects and can lead to lots of fun. Vessels will be dried, fired and then glazed the second workshop date. Students can work with either light or dark clays.

About the Instructor

Ceramics: Slab Vessel with Texture - Barbara Tocher I love to work with clay. It relaxes me and gives me a chance to use my hands. Most of my work is wheel thrown with dark brown clay, where the sculptured outside remains its natural fired color and the inside is glazed. I add sculptural elements to the pieces or I carve their interior. I sometimes incorporate beads into the design and carve the action of the wind and Pacific waves into my platters.

Barbara Tocher is a retired schoolteacher having taught elementary school math and art. She has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. from the University of Akron. Though her M.A. is in math education, she feels that math and art go nicely together. She became a weekender to Gualala in 2001 by purchasing a home and finally settled in Anchor Bay after her retirement. After 33 years of teaching, living and working in this coastal community is indeed a pleasure.

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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