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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Melanie Close Liotta

Melanie Close Liotta

Melanie Close Liotta

Melanie Close Liotta


Instructor: Melanie Close Liotta

October 13–15, 2017 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


The focus of this workshop will be using underglaze colors on dark and white stoneware. We’ll start with cone 5 leatherhard dark clay and greenware white clay tiles to practice various techniques, both sgraffito and blackline brushwork. Students can then throw and/or hand-build some pots to decorate using these skills. Photos of the instructor’s work will be shared for ideas.


MELANIE CLOSE LIOTTA has a BA in Art (1970) and has been working with clay ever since. She worked exclusively in ^10 reduction until the mid-90s when she started experimenting with colorful designs in ^6 oxidation. Melanie has attended 15 ceramic workshops at the Mendocino Art Center since 2002, which gave her the inspiration to develop techniques using underglazes on dark and white stoneware clay. Melanie’s signature pieces use intensely colored underglazes over a deep-red stoneware clay which she carves through (sgraffito) to reveal the dark clay.

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Current MAC Members: $225
Non-members: $250 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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