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Gualala Arts Workshop
Slab Forms
Instructor: Kazuko Matthews

Saturday - Sunday
June 9 - 10, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Kazuko Kayasuga Matthews #11 Sepia and White Linear Sculpture
Register by:   June 1, 2012
Tuition:   $100 members; $115 non-members
Materials fee:   $35

Kazuko Mathews, successful, renowned ceramicist, who has worked at her studio in Gualala for the past 25 years, has recently retired and has graciously and enthusiastically offered us at Gualala Arts a once in a lifetime opportunity. She will be teaching a workshop of her process to a limited number of adult students. In this class, you will be working with slab form constructions that will be manipulated to make some of the iconic, whimsical, structural forms that are Kaz's personal style. This class is available to students at all levels.

Kaz is also planning to provide an ongoing afternoon class at the Gualala Arts Open Clay Studio. All proceeds from the workshop and ongoing class are being donated by Kazuko to the Gualala Arts ceramics studio.

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About the instructor

My work as a clay artist has evolved over 30+ years. Starting out as a functional potter, my desire for ever-widening range drew me into exploration of diverse forms and searches for innovative expression. Today, I work mostly with slab form construction to create my ceramic sculptures.

Kazuko Kayasuga Matthews #5 Love Seat Born in Southern California, I moved with my family to Japan as a young child. Entering adulthood, I returned to the United States to further my education. I attended Mount San Antonio College and Chouinard Art Institute, where I studied with Otto and Vivika Heino. Following a short career in graphic design I chose to devote all my time to ceramics. In this pursuit, I continued my education at both Santa Monica College and Scripps College where I studied with Paul Soldner. I have exhibited extensively throughout the United States and in Japan, including the Los Angeles County Museum, the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and Striped House Museum, Tokyo.

My Japanese heritage and sensitivity provide important foundation for my work. Today, having lived in the United States for more than half my life, there is a broader fusion of the two cultures within my personal life and as an artist. America with her vast space and carefree atmosphere has given me the sense of unbound freedom to explore and create.

Certain things or events, whether experienced fleetingly or in a small way, bring me joy and excitement. My work is the reflection of, reliving of, and restating of these feelings.

The process of interpreting these feelings becomes exploration for new expression... each work is a new chance for another annotation. The way I juxtapose patterns and forms, with or without colors, all converge - I hope - to create uniquely my own expression.

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