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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Karina Mago

Karina Mago

Karina Mago


Instructor: Karina Mago
April 6–29, 2020 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm–8:00pm)
Basic experience working and building with clay

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Mendocino Art Center classes, open studios, and exhibits will be postponed, and the gallery store will be closed, through May 31. More information


From ancient Greek and Roman pottery to Contemporary sculpture, artists of all levels conveyed complex narratives and layered meaning by employing the versatility of ceramics; painting, scratching, carving, and staining clay to achieve the perfect picture. In this workshop, we will dive into the surface, and explore the many methods and techniques that can be applied to green, bisque, and glazed wares. We will begin our exploration on surface by doing a quick history lesson, looking at both historical and contemporary examples of these techniques being executed to great effects.

The workshop will meet twice a week for class and studio time. During each class, students will see a series of demos and have an opportunity to apply the skills presented on their own work, and during studio time students would be encouraged to work on making more objects or wares to practice on. By the end of the class, students will have an introductory understanding of different surface techniques that can be applied at each stage of the ceramic process. This workshop is best geared to those who have basic experience working and building with clay, but wish to expand their knowledge in surface treatments.


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 the spring of 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, Karina Mago is a second year Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

The cross-draft gas fired soda kiln was built in 2013 by local artist Nick Schwartz and Evan Hobart. It is a fun and interesting kiln to fire and produces beautiful soda effects on either functional or sculptural ceramics.

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Current MAC Members: $180
Non-members: $200 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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