Upcoming Ceramics Classes
Instructor: Ellen Sachtschale
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
The organic forms that she is best known for developed in the 90's. That was when she discovered that heavily grogged clay will stay suspended in many amazing forms. Her favorite was to belly it out by stroking it from within. This technique led to the bulbous plant-like forms she is known for today.
Ellen began teaching in North Carolina in 1996 at the Carrboro Art Center. She moved to California in 1998 and began teaching at Civic Arts Ed in Walnut Creek. "Teaching is very inspiring! I thrive on the creative exchange with my students and I am constantly driven to come up with new and interesting forms to create in class."
For her first decade in California, she was able to teach and create her art for the joy of it, participating in a few art shows each year. In 2009, however, her life changed dramatically when her husband died unexpectedly. With three kids in high school, Ellen was challenged to create a sufficient income for the family. This is when she developed Generous Nature Pottery as a side business that creates Blessing Bowls and Seeds of Gratitude. These Bowls and Seeds contain hand made paper ribbons on which to write personal notes of blessings and gratitude. "Generous Nature Pottery is dear to my heart because it puts my values out into the world. It encourages people to slow down in this hectic life and express themselves sincerely to those who are special to them."
Ellen teaches her soft slab techniques for Garden Vessels in workshops throughout Northern California. She continues to teach Garden Vessels, Totems and Teen Clay at Civic Arts in Walnut Creek, CA.
TUITION & FEES
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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