Led by Alyson Iwamoto
Dates: February 15, 29 + March 14, 28
4 sessions meeting every other Thursday from 6-9pm
All levels welcome, in this workshop participants will be introduced to ceramics with artist and educator, Alyson Iwamoto. Participants are welcome to make anything they would like throughout the duration of the workshop and will learn pinch pots, coil building, slab building, surface decoration and glazing. Throughout the workshop participants will deepen their relationship with the medium and expand their creativity.
Potential pieces to be made… functional objects, creatures, musical instruments, masks, miniatures, wall hangings, sculptures, things from your dreams, real or imagined, the sky's the limit.
Join for a focused and playful learning environment grounded in exploration and in letting go of expectations. This workshop is suited to those who are curious about working with clay for the first time and those who haven't worked with clay for sometime and would like to create in a communal space with support and instruction. All are welcome, no prior experience required. Participants can expect to leave with greater knowledge of hand building that they can incorporate in their life and creative practice.
Throughout the duration of the course, participants will be given clay to work with at home in order to practice, develop ideas and technique outside of class time. All tools and materials are included. All pieces will be fired and ready for pick up within 3 weeks of the final session. All pieces that are glazed will be food, microwave and dishwasher safe.
This workshop will take place at Sooki Studio's new location in Frogtown, 2971 Allesandro Street, Los Angeles, 90039.
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.
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.
There are a set amount of spaces available per tier to ensure that the scale is balanced and workshop costs are covered. If a tier is sold out it means that all those spots have been spoken for. An interest free payment plan is available for all workshops, breaking the workshop cost down to smaller payments over a longer period of time.
We do our best to ensure workshops are accessible and affordable. We are continuously improving our pricing system, please reach out if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to share.
Workshops are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the workshop you may transfer your spot to another person, please confirm with the studio when doing so.
The workshop space is ADA accessible. A bathroom is available for workshop participants that has a set of 3 stairs leading to it that is not currently ADA accessible. For any specific needs or additional questions on accessibility, please reach out.
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.