Upcoming Ceramics Classes

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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Dorae Hankin

Dorae Hankin

Dorae Hankin


Instructor: Dorae Hankin
April 13–15, 2018 (Friday–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 workshop will explore various methods for adding richness and depth to ceramic surfaces using colored slips. Our focus will be on working with clay while it is in the leather-hard stage, when it is strong but still forgiving and responsive to touch, a perfect time for experimentation. It is an opportunity to treat clay as a canvas, and to think about surface decoration before it comes time to glaze. Students will learn techniques to paint, carve, scrape, sponge, and stencil slips to produce a range of effects from painterly to graphic. We will also discuss simple methods for formulating and mixing colored slip to fit a specific clay body. These slips can be fired anywhere from low to high fire temperatures.

Students will be provided with leather-hard tiles to begin experimenting with the decorative possibilities of slips right away, and have the option to explore surface decoration further on volumetric forms. Throughout the course we will be discussing how surface design relates to form, and ways they can complement and enhance one another. Techniques covered in this workshop can be applied to any type of functional or sculptural work.


DORAE HANKIN grew up in Northern California and received a BA in Studio Arts from Carleton College in Minnesota, where her studies in the arts led her to ceramics. She has been working with clay at every opportunity since, making primarily functional, high-fired pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She has shown work in the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, at the Fire Arts Center in Arcata, CA, the Northfield Arts Guild in Northfield, MN, and at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.

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Current MAC Members: $283
Non-members: $315 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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