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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Karina Mago

Karina Mago

Karina Mago


Instructor: Karina Mago
May 8–12, 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


In this fast-paced workshop, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to ceramic surface design through a printmaking perspective. Through contemporary and historical examples, students will learn how artists throughout the world have tackled the impediments of clay and print, fused their techniques, and created works that have become a sum greater than its parts. We will begin by drafting an image that can be easily split into layers, and by making clay tiles which will serve as our “paper.” Once our tiles are made, students will learn how to create stencils, newsprint transfers, linoleum sprigs, lithographic image transfers and “ink” made out of mason stains; all of which will allow us to create a richly layered image loaded with meaning.

We will also swing back into the realm of ceramic surface design and implement different carving techniques such as Sgraffito and Michima into our repertoire, and discuss how each technique can add a different mark to our complex, dynamic surface. By the end of the workshop, students will have a comprehensive understanding of different print-inspired surface techniques, and a bisqued piece that can be glazed and picked up the following week.

Day 1: Discussion on class outline, Printmaking terms, historical and contemporary examples, and how to divide images into layers. Demo on how to make slabs, begin making slabs for tiles and get them drying.

Day 2: Demo on Linoleum carving, begin carving linoleum sprigs, demo on how to press clay onto the linoleum, Demo on how to make wall-hung tiles (if class is interested). Demo on making and applying paper stencils and newsprint transfers.

Day 3: Discussion on Lithographic process, photocopying reference images, then demo on Litho transfers. Supervised work time.

Day 4: Sgraffito/Michima Carving Demo. Work day, get pieces drying, hopefully ready for bisque.

Day 5: Pieces are hopefully out of kiln, discussion on bisqued work. Demo on selective glazing (if class is interested).

Students should be able to pick up their finished glazed piece the following week.


KARINA MAGO is a Venezuelan artist currently interested in making ceramic and paper installations that activate spaces through their shadows. Raised in Caracas, then promptly transplanted to South Florida, she was forced to trade rolling mountain ranges and towering steel for sandy beaches and pastel shopping plazas. This shift in surroundings inspired an ongoing fascination with place and memory, the makings of identity. She received her BFA from Florida State University in spring 2017 with concentrations in ceramics, printmaking, and painting and since has completed an Artist Residency for Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Currently, Mago is a fine art Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

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TUITION & FEES (includes a $20 materials fee)
Current MAC Members: $468
Non-members: $520 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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