Taught by Alyson Iwamoto
Sunday, September 24th, 12-5pm
All levels welcome, in this 1-day workshop participants will work with artist and educator, Alyson Iwamoto, to create clay critters - real, extinct, or imaginary. During this playful and explorative environment participants will learn fundamental hand building techniques. We will be making pinch pots and attaching coils in order to build in scale. Then we will explore texture, and paddling techniques to achieve desired forms and surface treatment. Participants will use sculpting techniques to create animals and add details using underglaze. Alyson will demonstrate fundamental handbuilding techniques to bring your ideas to fruition and be with you every step of the way on your artistic journey.
This workshop is well suited for those new to ceramics or with prior experience who want to explore handbuilding. All are welcome, no prior experience required. Alyson will meet participants where they are in their ceramic knowledge and help to give them tools to bring their critters to life. Participants can expect to leave with greater knowledge of hand building that they can incorporate in their ceramic practice.
This workshop will begin with a short artist talk in which Alyson will share her approach, inspiration and process in making her own work.
All tools and materials are included, participants are also encouraged to bring their own tools. All pieces will be fired to mid fire/ cone 5 and ready for pick up within 3 weeks of completion. This workshop will take place at Sooki Studio, located in East Los Angeles, 15 minutes east of Downtown. Studio address will be sent out to registered participants.
Alyson Iwamoto has worked in clay for over 20 years. She received her BFA in ceramics from Cal State University Long Beach and is an arts educator and advocate for the arts in public schools.
She has taught a wide range of ages in various nonprofit institutions such as Inner-City Arts located in Skid Row where she taught over 8,000 children. That is where she learned the power of art and the infinite potential of imagination.
Her work is inspired by her Japanese heritage and LA roots and has been sold at the Craft Contemporary, Japanese American National Museum and the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
Sliding Scale Pricing
Sliding scale pricing is a tool for social equity. We use sliding scale pricing to make ceramics education accessible and affordable to all.
There are three tiers for pricing, when signing up for a workshop, please pay on the scale what feels right to you and your current finances. This is a trust based system, only you will know what feels comfortable and possible.
The high end of the scale is the true cost. If you are someone who can afford to pay this, please do, as this offsets the price for others, allowing us to create more affordable offerings.
Workshops are non-refundable, if you do need to cancel I will try my best to fill the spot, in which case I can offer a refund, however this is not guaranteed. If you are unable to attend the workshop you may transfer your spot to another person.
Participants are encouraged to take at home Covid tests prior to the workshop to ensure collective safety. As we're working in a very well ventilated environment, masks are optional. If you are experiencing any Covid like symptoms or have been exposed to someone with Covid, please stay home and get in touch so that we can schedule a make-up session.