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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Michele Collier

Michele Collier

Michele Collier

Michele Collier


Instructor: Michele Collier

September 7–10, 2017 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This class welcomes advanced students as well as the curious beginner, to working with paperclay slabs. In slab form, the clay can be twisted, folded, squeezed and torn to mimic the human form. Because of the wicking properties that come from the paper additives, it will easily adhere to itself – no scoring or slipping needed.

We will break some rules and also learn some new ones as you delve into this modern, user-friendly medium. Surface treatment will be discussed and recipe sheets for the stains and oxides will be provided.


MICHELE COLLIER discovered clay at the age of 18. She learned traditional forms on a kick- wheel at Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA. In those days, functional work was the gold standard. Hands-on clay has been a touchstone for her ever since. Throughout careers in both commercial and fine art, clay was the one medium she could return to when she needed to restore focus and sense of self.

After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Michele wove a career of commercial illustration and fine art. Galleries throughout Napa, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties showed her sumptuous landscapes to great acclaim.

In 2000, Michele moved to Oakland, CA. The shift to such an urban setting affected her more deeply than she could have predicted. She felt off balance and unable to paint. Once again, Michele returned to clay to get her bearings. This time it turned out to be a career change. The pots soon sprouted sculptural elements and it wasn’t long before she made the shift to pure sculpture.

In 2012 Michele moved to Los Angeles and found new inspiration in the desert landscapes of Southern California. The work expanded as she explored this very urban setting. It was here that she began her relationships with galleries.

In 2015, a move back to Sonoma County has brought more changes. The brightly colored works of the Los Angeles years have given way to white clay playing off of dark oxides.

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Michele Collier Sculpting Hands

Michele Collier Sculpting Faces

Current MAC Members: $288
Non-members: $320 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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