Clay Handbuilding for Beginners


Saturday, November 6, 2021
Nov. 6 and 7: 12 – 3:30 PM, Nov. 13: 12 – 2 PM, Nov. 20: 1 – 2 PM

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Instructor: Ray Gonzales

Slab, coil, and pinch a geometric, tabletop sculpture in a class inspired by the works in Crocker’s collection of Native American Ceramics. Sculptures will be bisque-fired after the second session. Participants will spend the third session glazing and can retrieve their objects during the last session when the instructor will offer feedback in a relaxed atmosphere. Supplies and firing fee are included.


$155 for members
$175 for nonmembers

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Instructor bio: Ray Gonzales is an established Ceramic Artist and long-time Professor of Art at Sierra College. Born in Auburn, California; his home and studio are located in Lincoln. He is a member of Axis Gallery in Sacramento and has exhibited widely. He has completed several Art-In-Public Places for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission as well as corporate commissions. Community involvement includes being a founding member of several non-profit arts organizations as well a founder of Ocolotecame, an Aztec cultural and danza group. He has curated numerous exhibits throughout the region. He initiated and chaired “Feats of Clay”, a National Ceramic Annual that ran for 24 years. He is currently on the Board of NCECA, ( the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and is actively planning for the National Ceramic Conference that will be coming to Sacramento in 2022.

Image credit: Mallorie Marsh

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