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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Jacob Troester

Jacob Troester

Jacob Troester

Jacob Troester

Jacob Troester

Jacob Troester


Instructor: Jacob Troester

October 12–13, 2019 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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In this workshop we will begin by examining the ways in which a two-dimensional composition can be broken down into many parts. Each participant will create a two-dimensional composition, drawing from imagery that speaks to their taste or desired narrative. Each composition will be separated into parts, and each part will be re-interpreted in clay.

Participants will learn a variety of surface treatments including airbrushing, mono printing, latex and paper masking, and textural application, which can be applied to each individual part. Although each participant’s parts will not be finished firing before the end of the two-day class, instruction will be given on how to assemble the many parts at home, using an industrial strength epoxy along with a wall-hanging device.

When completed, these wall-hung ceramic collages possess a truly unique physical depth and richness in surface decoration. Skills learned in this class are also great additions to other sculptural and functional approaches to creating with clay and could fit in well with any artist’s individual practice.


JACOB TROESTER is a native Northern Californian artist currently working as the Ceramics Lab Technician at Butte College near Chico, CA. Before working at Butte, he held a similar position at Mendocino College in Ukiah, CA, just 45 miles inland from the Mendocino Art Center. He has worked in various other ceramic centers, including Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle, ME. He holds a BFA from the University of California Chico State.

Troester’s most current work is heavily influenced by his travels through the American West and borrows color pallets and land mark features from these vast spaces. Merging these features with imagery from a personally re-imagined, modern take on tropes found in classic American Western narratives, the result are tableaus of a contemporary Western odyssey. Methods used to construct and decorate these tableaus depart from most traditional approaches to the ceramic medium and lean heavily on methods and approaches found in printmaking processes.

TUITION & FEES (includes a $20 clay fee)
Current MAC Members: $198
Non-members: $220 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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