Kelsey Bowen
The Potters’ Studio Gallery Presents
Animal Nature—Creatures in Clay
Invited Artists: Kelsey Bowen, Maru Hoeber & John Steinberg and selected Potters’ Studio Artists

Saturday, September 9 to Saturday, October 14

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 6:00-8:00p

Gallery Hours: 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday | Weekdays: Ring the bell at the front door

In this show, we will be featuring the work of three ceramic artists who sculpt animals with humor, sensitivity and depth. The style and execution of their fresh and edgy work, urges the viewer to take a closer look. Included in this show are selected works of The Potters’ Studio members. Please join us—there is something here for everyone.

Kelsey Bowen's website >

Maru Hoeber's website >

Scott Jennings
A Bruno Kark Workshop
Throwing Big

October 15, 2017: 10am - 4:30pm

Come watch and learn as Bruno Kark demonstrates wheel techniques for making really big work: dry-pound-centering large amounts of clay, stacking multi-sectional forms, and other techniques to GO BIG!

He'll demonstrate an amphorae, a huge platter, and possibly a globe and/or other forms. Then Bruno will assist you to double, triple (or more!) the size you can throw!

The first half of the day will feature Bruno talking and demo-ing. Then following a short lunch break, students will get down to work for the second half of the day, under Bruno's supervision.

This workshop is being repeated due to popular demand!

Cost: PS Members and Students: $100  |  Others: $125

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

Soda Kiln Workshop
Painting with Fire
3-Day Soda Firing Workshop
With Shawn Kam and Leah Bowring

Oct. 21 (10-4pm), Oct. 22 (7-5pm* -- includes 3-hour break), & Oct. 25 (6-9pm)

Join us at The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley for an intensive introductory course to soda firing with hands-on training in loading and firing work, making wadding and cone packs, and general safety and care for equipment. Saturday we will discuss clay bodies and firing methods to achieve various aesthetics, apply flashing slips and glazes, and load the kiln. The kiln is fired all day Sunday and unloaded on Wednesday evening. Each person is given one cubic foot of space in the soda firing, so bring CONE 10 bisqueware. Cups are ideal sizes for the stack.

Cost: PS Members/Students: $250  |  Others: $275
There are 12 spots total, but future workshops will run every 3-4 months.

Shawn Kam is the owner of Luvhaus Ceramics and Leah Bowring is The Potters' Studio's Operations Manager.

*Soda firing times may vary, so be prepared to stay until the end of the firing to get the most out of the workshop.

Email or call 510-528-3286 to register.

with visiting artists Mark Pharis and Matthew Metz
~In Conjunction with Trax Gallery~

Sat, Nov. 18: 1pm – 4pm: Demonstration and Slides
Sun, Nov. 19: 10am - 4pm: Demonstrations and Discussion

Opening of Mark and Matthew's work at Trax Gallery on Sun, Nov. 19: 5pm – 7pm

Mark Pharis
Matthew Metz

Mark Pharis will focus on hand-building utilitarian, sculptural vessels. He uses CAD software to develop his ideas and then creates flat patterns much like a seamstress uses to create his forms.

Matthew Metz will use the potter’s wheel to make functional forms and demonstrate decorating techniques using slip, sgraffito and sprigging.

Both artists will discuss their studio practice and welcome dialogue with the audience.

Cost: $150

Email or call 510-528-3286 to register.

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