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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill


Instructor: Ian Hazard-Bill

October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020 (Wednesdays, 1pm–4pm PDT)
Structure of Class: 4 three-hour Zoom sessions
F20C204All levels

Registration deadline: October 1, 2020
Students will be sent a Zoom invitation on October 5, 2020

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Or call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


There is something about clay that, when it is in your hands on your table, can bring you into the present moment so completely you literally forget to be hungry. This present time full of uncertainty and disruption is unprecedented in many of our lifetimes. It has stopped most people in their tracks to one degree or another and left us wondering what to do, I can hardly get into my studio to work. At the same time, this uncertainty and disruption is an invitation to slow down, to do things differently. As Artists, uncertainty and disruption are necessary energies to have in our studio but only in doses that we can work with.

This online class is designed to do just that. I will offer exercises and practices that can help you stay grounded and allow you to move deeper into your studio practice. I will tailor demonstrations to the needs of the students, offering techniques and solutions to problems that you are facing in your studio. The demos, exercises, and projects will be suitable for potters and sculptors, wheel-throwers and hand-builders, all of us will simply need to be willing to look and listen again and again with new eyes and ears at what our creative impulses offer. The class time will be on a Zoom conference call, there will be exercises during that time.

Demos will be offered on Fridays or recorded out of class time and shared with students in between classes. There will be projects assigned between classes.


IAN HAZARD-BILL was born and raised in Marin County. He started working in clay in high school and has continued since. He has a B.A. in ceramics and community-based sustainability from The Evergreen State College. He has been an apprentice to Seth Cardew in Spain for three months, an Artist in Residence at the Cub Creek Foundation, studio manager at Sugar Maples Center for the Arts, as the assistant to the Director at Cub Creek Foundation, and as an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center before taking over as the Ceramics Program Coordinator. He makes functional pottery on the wheel, and with a unique slab-building technique and fires his work in wood or salt/soda kilns.

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Current MAC Members: $292
Non-members: $325 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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