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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Rocky Lewycky

Rocky Lewycky

Rocky Lewycky

Rocky Lewycky

Rocky Lewycky

Rocky Lewycky


Instructor: Rocky Lewycky
July 31–August 6, 2017 (Monday–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


Potters and handbuilders will investigate the expressive qualities of different clay bodies and finishes during this workshop. Each variety of clay offers a distinctive sensation that best describes a form and/or idea. We will make and experiment with inclusions such as mica, cellulose fiber, and feldspar chip. We will also make and apply a Greek style Terra-Sigillata with and without colorants, which will become the base to some of our projects. The alternative finishing techniques that we will explore include hands-on demonstrations with ferric chloride saggars, ferric chloride spray, smoke lick firing, obvara firings, and pit fire, as well as a shino lecture and firing using my stack ash technique and layered spray technique. This comprehensive course is designed to catapult you into unexplored realms of creative intention and invention.

**Please note that you will need to purchase an organic vapor mask to participate in the workshop ($40). In preparation for the workshop, you will need approximately 15 small pieces at various stages of completion. Please allow enough time for this planning. Detailed information will be provided upon registration.


ROCKY LEWYCKY, born in 1977 in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a contemporary artist living and working in Santa Cruz, California. His resume includes teaching positions at the University of South Carolina, Institute of American Indian Arts (I.A.I.A.), the Santa Fe Community College, Foothill College, Monterey Peninsula College, and De Anza College where he is currently head of ceramics. Rocky has been featured in museum shows, as well as gallery exhibits of contemporary sculpture, installation and performance throughout the country. Rocky was recognized by the Santa Fean magazine as ”One of the top five artists to watch in New Mexico,” and “Top Talent from emerging to established and our region’s most influential talent of all time,” in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Rocky was chosen by Jo Lauria of the American Craft Council to install a ceramic art piece at the Eastern State Penitentiary for the 2010 Philadelphia NCECA conference. He was also honored with a $20,000 award from the Santa Cruz Rydel Visual Arts Fund of 2012/2013. Rocky is represented by Yares Art Project in Santa Fe.

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Current MAC Members: $630
Non-members: $700 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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