Upcoming Ceramics Classes

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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Ron Ortman

Ron Ortman

Ron Ortman

Ron Ortman


Instructor: Ron Ortman
July 17–20, 2019 (Wednesday–Saturday, 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



Day 1
Review and study elements of design and the process of making a mosaic. Students will create an image on paper. This can be an abstract or realistic image. Trace the image on to clay and cut the clay. Clay slabs will be provided.

Day 2
Clean clay edges, carve and paint with engobes and underglazes.

Day 3
Glaze and load kiln. Demonstration on cutting and setting tiles.

Day 4
Setting tiles on tile board.


RON ORTMAN began ceramics at St. Mary’s College in 1969 under the instruction of Robert Yaryan. He continued his studies in a private studio in Calistoga. He left ceramics to study dance, and then returned to ceramics in 2010, studying with Jennifer Brazelton. Ron became an active member of the Potter’s Studio in Berkeley, having the opportunity to engage with many outstanding Bay Area artists. There he developed techniques of carving, sculpting and painting clay. He moved to Fort Bragg in 2016 where he expanded his work in painting and sculpting into mosaic. Mosaic has allowed him to pursue a new direction in clay art.

Current MAC Members: $360
Non-members: $400 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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