Pictured: Peter Callas: Expressionistic Forms artist workshop, Spring 2022


Upcoming workshop topics and dates are listed below.

If you have a suggestion for a workshop, or are interested in teaching, we’re always happy to hear from you. Email us at studio@amoca.org to start the conversation!

Artist Workshop Series

Quarterly workshops focused on artists and their signature techniques and approaches.

May 11, 2024 • Form and Finish Demonstration w/Dan Falby

Dan Falby demonstrated his dynamic technique for creating abstract sculptures: by tossing and dropping meticulously prepared clay slabs, Falby invites gravity to shape his work.

October 7 & 8, 2023 • Modular Making w/Natalia Arbelaez

Natalia Arbelaez demonstrated her approach to modular methods of building sculpture; students applied these techniques to their own projects.

September 8, 9, & 10, 2023 • Experimental Shino w/Tom Coleman

Tom Coleman shared techniques he uses in experimental shino firings and the tricks he’s discovered along the way.

April 7, 2023 • Demonstration with MoonDoBang & Adam Field

Moon Byung Sik (MoonDoBang) and Adam Field demonstrated their methods for throwing a variety of wheel-thrown forms.

January 14-15, 2023 • Mette Maya: Abstractions in Clay

Danish artist Mette Maya visited the AMOCA studios for a two-day workshop on surface exploration and alternative building techniques.

November 19-20, 2022 • Christina Erives: Surface and Approach

Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay artist Chrisina Erives came to the AMOCA studios to offer a two-day workshop on surface and approach.

June 19, 2022 • Demonstration with Shiyuan Xu (Chicago / Hangzhou, China)

Xu came to AMOCA for a one-day workshop following a weeklong residency at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Presented in partnership with the Hot Clay program at Idyllwild Arts.

March 26-27, 2022 • Peter Callas: Expressionistic Forms (New Jersey)

The launch of the Artist Workshop Series featured a special masterclass by artist Peter Callas, internationally renowned for his skill and mastery of wood-firing with the Anagama kiln.

Skill Building Workshop Series

A series of weekend workshops focused on specific skills and techniques.

May 25, 26, & 28, 2024 . Skill Building Workshop: Soda Firing w/Ian Bassett . times vary . $400

Join artist Ian Bassett in the AMOCA studio for a 3-day, hands-on workshop on the topic of soda firing. Participants will learn all aspects of the process of soda firing and had the opportunity to fire their own work in AMOCA’s outdoor kiln.

Saturday 9 AM-5 PM: We’ll begin with glazing, decorating, and applying flashing slips to our work.** After the work is slipped and glazed we will begin loading the kiln. Once we finish loading we will begin candling.

Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM: We’ll be firing off the kiln! This style of firing will take 10+ hours. We check the kiln every 30-60 minutes. The results will be logged to create an informational document that is shared later on. If you’d like to join for a portion of the day it is suggested to come between 11am – 3pm, as this is the time we generally will spray the soda solution.

Tuesday 10 AM – 2 PM is the big reveal! We will meet at the kilns to take our first look at the results and discuss what we see. We will unload the kiln, place the work in the studio according to how it was arranged on the shelves, and discuss what we are seeing. Johnny will instruct different methods of cleaning up the pots, removing wadding, and sanding. As a group we will clean up the kiln and kiln pad before packing up our work.

**Each student is encouraged to bring between 5-10 pieces for the kiln, each piece no larger than 9″ in any direction, and pieces in varying sizes up to the max height is recommended. White stoneware or porcelain is recommended.

June 8 & 9, 2024 . Skill Building Workshop: Sgraffito for the Narrative Surface w/Kathy King . 9 AM-3 PM Sat & Sun . $350

This workshop focuses on using the technique of sgraffito – the act of covering a clay surface with a contrasting slip or underglaze and carving through that surface to reveal the color of the clay beneath. Kathy King will demonstrate the different carving tools and how she uses them to create a variety of marks and the best state of the clay to use them. King will also demonstrate the methods she uses to transfer drawn images onto the three-dimensional surface.

To King, sgraffito is more than just a technique, it is a way to express a personal narrative in both hand-built and thrown work and to approach a degree of storytelling. King’s subject matter oftentimes involves ideas of sexuality, relationships, and gender but each participant can build their own vocabulary of images to express their own unique ideas after watching the instructor. What image might you want to contemplate while having your morning coffee or see hanging on a wall in your home?

In addition to sharing tips that she’s picked up in over 20 years using the technique of sgraffito, King will also address glazing the work. King uses a translucent glaze that allows her to see all the work she’s done in the carving stage. If she wants color, she tints that glaze with colorants to create a wide range of translucent colors that will not obscure the imagery beneath – which is very important!

June 28, 29, & 30, 2024 . Skill Building Workshop: Soda Firing w/Mike Stumbas . times vary . $400

The process of glazing and firing is complex, mysterious, and oftentimes a bit frightening. Glazes support a pot’s identity, functionality, and tactility; but glazing can be dangerous to pots and frustrating to many. Mastering the art of integrating challenging firing techniques into your creative processes hinges on actively engaging in the gazing and firing process firsthand. In this workshop, students will learn about and participate in the firing of a Cone 10 reduction soda kiln * with special attention paid to achieving spectacular microcrystalline surfaces.

In order to demystify the firing process, Mike will speak about strategies for glazing and preparing work for the kiln including methods of layering glazes, considerations for variegated and microcrystalline glazes, and applying overglaze gold and pearlescent lusters. Students will put these considerations into practice on their work and on provided test tiles.

While the kiln heats up, Mike will talk about some of the considerations involved in finding your voice in clay and finding your way around the studio. We will discuss developing your work conceptually; the decisions and entry points involved in working with galleries; basic equipment maintenance, repair, and operation; the basics of self-critique; as well as technical strategies to improve your own work.

Students should bring bisqueware for glazing (of the specified firing temperature) as well as some examples of finished work (images or objects). Studio Amoca will provide some basic test tiles in stoneware, bmix, or porcelain. Ceramic artists of all levels are welcome.

September 7 & 8, 2024 . Skill Building Workshop: Exploring Ceramic Surface Design w/Adrienne Eliades .9 AM – 3 PM Sat & Sun . $350

This hands-on workshop provides an overview to surface decoration techniques from basic underglaze painting to creating intricate designs with combined application methods.

Techniques will include inlay, slip trailing, stenciling, and resist in combination with underglaze and glaze on wet clay and bisqueware. Demonstrations, exercises, and discussions will prompt students to apply personal inspiration and imagery towards the development of a unique style in ceramics decoration.

The objective will be to broaden your surface decoration repertoire by exploring various design solutions with each piece you make. Students will leave with new skills and ideas, greenware pots, and glazed tests fired to mid-range temperature.

This course is open to all skill levels. Hand-builders and wheel throwers are welcome.

April 5, 6, & 7, 2024 . Ceramic Furniture w/Austin Coudriet . 10 AM-5 PM Fri, Sat, & Sun . $400

During this 3-day, hands-on workshop, participants will fabricated a chair, stool, or side table with 100 lbs of clay. Participants learned Austin’s coil and slab-building techniques, attachments styles, and the importance of moisture control.

December 9, 10, & 12, 2023 . Soda Firing w/Johnny Arvizu . times vary . $350

During this three-day working with Johnny Arvizu, participants learned all aspects of the process of soda firing and had the opportunity to fire their own work in AMOCA’s outdoor kiln.

September 30 & October 1, 2023 . Steins, Beer, & Salt Firing w/T and Jon Pacini . times vary . $300

This two-day workshop (9 AM to 2PM Saturday and 9AM – 4 PM Sunday) includes a combination of presentations, demonstration, and hands-on participation.

August 26, 27, 30, & September 2, 2023 . Soda Firing w/Nathan Stanfield . times vary . $350

This multi-day workshop will walk you through the process of soda firing, from glazing and wadding to kiln loading, firing, and spraying. Participants will learn how to soda fire, fire their own work, and delve into nuances of the firing process.

August 19, 20, & 26, 2023 . Clay Collage w/Breana Ferreira . times vary . $350

In this 3-day workshop students will created layered surfaces on greenware and bisqueware. Participants will learn how to create underglaze transfers, design paper patterns, and plan out a layered composition.

June 24 & 25, 2023 . Figurative Sculpture w/Biliana Popova . 10 AM – 4 PM Sat & Sun . $250

This ceramic sculpture workshop will be full of helpful information on solid sculpting a human figure. The focus will be on interpretation from 2D sketch to 3D format, giving special attention to the anatomy and balance of the sculpture.

June 10, 11, & 17, 2023 . Soda Firing w/Sam Lopez . times vary . $300

This 3-day workshop will introduce students to the soda firing process and will include demonstrations for glazing, loading, firing, and spraying the sodium solution into the kiln.

January 28 & 29, February 1 & 4, 2023 . Soda Firing w/Nathan Stanfield . times vary . $350

This multi-day workshop will walk you through the process of soda firing, from glazing and wadding to kiln loading, firing, and spraying. Participants will learn how to soda fire, fire their own work, and delve into nuances of the firing process.

November 12-13, 2022 . Figurative Sculpture w/Aida Nicole Lugo Cantu . 10 AM – 2 PM Sat & Sun . $150

This two-day bilingual workshop (English & Spanish) will include demonstration and hands-on participation. Class will meet 10 AM to 2 PM each day (Saturday and Sunday). Participants will learn hand-building techniques to create small studies of figurative sculptures.

October 22-23, 2022 . Steins, Beer, & Salt Firing w/T and Jon Pacini . 10 AM – 3 PM / 10 AM – 5PM . $225

Join southern California artists T and Jon Pacini for a Beer Stein-themed weekend! This 2-day workshop will include slide presentations on stein and ale bottle styles and a behind-the-scenes tour of AMOCA’s Mettlach Collection as well as demonstrations and throwing time in the studio. On Saturday, participants will create beer stein and ale bottle shapes on the wheel. On Sunday, we’ll learn lid decoration and handle-making to finish our vessels and get them ready for firing in the salt kiln. The weekend ends with a Sunday afternoon beer tasting.

July 9, 2022 . Architectural Incense Holders w/Eunbi Cho . 10 AM – 3 PM . $75

Join Los Angeles-based artist Eunbi Cho for a three-hour skill building workshop. In this workshop, we’ll create architectural incense holders using hand-building and slab techniques.

April 9-10, 2022 . Mold Making w/Colby Charpentier . 10 AM – 3 PM . $325

Join artist in residence Colby Charpentier for this two-day workshop will cover designing plaster molds primarily for slip casting and press molding clay. We will go over plaster mixing, hand-ladled molds, and multi-part molds. There will be a combination of demonstration and hands-on participation. Students are asked to bring a few small models and ideas. We will choose one plaster mold project per student to work on through the weekend. Some clay experience is helpful.

February 27, 2022 . Clay Whistles w/Colby Charpentier . 10 AM – 1 PM . $75

Join artist in residence Colby Charpentier for a three-hour workshop on whistle-making. This workshop is beginner-friendly and open to ceramicists of all skill levels. Come make some music with us and create your own ceramic ocarina!

November 5-13, 2021 . Soda Firing w/Richard Burkett

Many thanks to Richard Burkett of San Diego for kicking off our return to in person activities with a soda fire workshop November 5-13.

Thanks for your interest in workshops and classes at the AMOCA Ceramics Studio! If you have any questions, requests, or suggestions, send us an email at studio@amoca.org or reach us by calling (909) 865-3146.

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