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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Greg Byard

Greg Byard

Greg Byard

Greg Byard

Greg Byard

Greg Byard

Greg Byard


Instructor: Gregory Byard
August 5–6, 2019 (Monday–Tuesday, 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 focus on how to create large Artful platters that can be mounted on the wall or displayed free standing. Students will begin by learning how to center 10 pounds of clay and work their way up to 15-20 pounds… 25-35 pounds for the truly experienced and explorative! Byard will help each student with centering, opening, pulling, and compressing smaller platters the first day and larger platters the second day. Both days, he will demonstrate how he makes, decorates, and applies surface designs and expressive elements to his large platters. Students will follow suit with their own expressions via texture, smoothness, and a combination of the two. By the end of the two-day sessions, students will conclude several smaller platters (10-18 pounders) and one or two larger platters (18-20+ pounder). Byard highly recommends signing up for an alternative/atmospheric firing class at MAC to finish glazing these platters/projects.


GREGORY BYARD is presently the Ceramics Coordinator and Lead instructor for the Ceramics/Sculpture programs at Center for Community Arts in Walnut Creek, California. Prior to his engagement with Community Arts, he was a Studio Manager and adjunct instructor in Ceramics/Sculpture at Mendocino College, located in Ukiah, CA. In 2008 he received his Master in Fine Arts (MFA) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh, PA, and his Bachelors of Science (BS) at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana, in 2004. Both of these degrees emphasized the field of Ceramic Arts. He’s been honored to display his work around the United States and Japan. He featured work and articles in international and national Art magazines, and worked with many internationally acclaimed ceramicists. He is presently planning workshops in Utah, Arizona, Argentina, UK, Germany, Italy, and Russia. Email Gregory with any questions.

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Current MAC Members: $198
Non-members: $220 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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