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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Shelby B. Smith

Shelby B. Smith

Shelby B. Smith

Shelby B. Smith

Shelby B. Smith

Shelby B. Smith

Shelby B. Smith

Shelby B. Smith


Instructor: Shelby B. Smith

March 30-April 2, 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 will explore ways to use wheel thrown sections big and small, to build sculptural forms off the wheel. Special consideration and time will be spent on detailing of and assembling thrown parts to gain height and dimension. Building thrown objects with the use of additional elements and feet, allows the pieces to push gravity up off the table. A focus on formal properties of composition will help you make more dynamic pieces, and add aspects of humor and playfulness to your work.

Discussion and application of glazing large and small objects will also be discussed. Open to all levels.


SHELBY B. SMITH grew up in Colorado, but began his academic work as an Architecture student at the University of Kansas, where he was also introduced to Ceramics, getting 2 degrees BA: Architecture and BFA: Design Ceramics. After undergrad Shelby apprenticed with ceramic sculptor Jun Kaneko, at his Omaha Studio. During his time in Omaha Shelby explored large scale clay work both slab and wheel thrown pieces. After completing a two-year apprenticeship Shelby came to California to go to San Jose State University (SJSU) for his MFA. After graduation Shelby got a job working as the Ceramics and Glass Technician for SJSU. Shelby also taught 3D/Ceramics at De Anza College for a few years.

Five years ago Shelby and his family moved to the Big Island of Hawaii to start his own design studio. Since in Hawaii he has worked for the Volcano Art Center, managing their gallery and curating shows. He is currently the Exhibits Installer for both the East Hawaii Cultural Center, and the Volcano Art Center. Shelby is also an avid Orchid grower and works part-time for a local orchid specialty grower. Some of his work has shifted to explore the flora and fauna of the Islands.

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Current MAC Members: $378
Non-members: $420 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.

MAC supplies one bag of clay. More can be purchases from instructor at cost.
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