Bede Clark
A Bede Clark Workshop
Drawing & Painting on Clay: Line, Color, Imagery

(In Conjunction with Trax Gallery)

May 20, 21: 10am - 4:30pm each day

Opening of Bede’s work at Trax Gallery on Sat., 5/20, 5pm - 7pm

This two-day hands-on workshop will focus on building a personal approach to working with imagery (representational or abstract) on clay. We will explore colored slips, stains, wheel thrown pottery, tiles and hand-built forms. Bring sketches, ideas and doodles to put on clay. We’ll have demonstrations, slides and group discussions. Anyone with beginning through advanced ceramics experience is welcome. Those who draw or paint who wish to cross over into clay work are also encouraged to attend. Participants will be encouraged to explore either handbuilding or wheel techniques to create new works, or they may chose to bring green-ware or bisque-ware to decorate. Bring brushes, visual resources and ideas for imagery to expand on and explore.

Bede Clarke has been a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri since 1992. His work is found in collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he continues to explore both earthenware and wood-fired work.

Cost: PS Members and Students: $225  |  Others: $250

Email, call 510-528-3286, or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.

Sculpture and Surface Design
The Potters' Studio Gallery Presents
Sculpture and Surface Design
With Invited Artists: Tomoko Nakazato, Jenn Brazelton
& Tiffany Schmierer

Saturday, April 22 to Sunday, May 28
(Gallery hours: Sat.-Sun.: 12:00-5:00pm)

Reception: Saturday, April 22, 6:00-8:00pm

We will be featuring the work of three sculptural ceramic artists with three very different approaches to surface, color and use of materials. Included in the show will be selected works of our Potters’ Studio members. This will be a fascinating and engaging show. Please join us.

Tomoko Nakazato perceives our current cultural environment to be an ever-morphing entity of bling, color, and glossy gobs of melting patterns and symbols. Her sculptural work is a visual representation of this perception. She combines shapes and contrasting colors inspired from images of pop-culture in its many forms. Her artwork possesses a fantastical style, often innocently precarious, irrational in nature and grossly jaded.

Jenn Brazelton creates sculuptures that are inspired by the unity she sees in the world around her. She is interested in the way seemingly unrelated elements interact and intersect to form harmonic relationships. Her sculptures accentuate the connections, visual patterns, and contradictions that she experiences in daily life. Included in this show are pieces from her "Constructed Cartogram" work. These sculptures are created using maps of nations whose shapes are altered by human population data.

Tiffany Schmierer creates assembled environments with a visual density of pattern, color, imagery, and detail. Rather than edit down to the minimal, she embraces the complexity of our visual culture. She refers to her sculptures as three-dimensional collages, where she is layering a chain of ideas to create a cohesive whole.

Potters' Studio Artists:
Andrea Hurley
Anna Vaughan
Beth Rockmill
Christopher Dworin
David Delgado
James Whiting
Janet Welch
Jennifer Joh
JoAnn Coffino
Lynn Paige

Pascal Emmer
Sachiko Campe
Susan Lockary
Wendy Draper

Please join us as we present the work of our invited artists along with our own studio artists.

The Potters' Studio interior photo