Instructor: Pamela Thomas
Mondays 10am - 1pm
This class focuses on the tile format for functional, sculptural, decorative and creative expression. We will begin with the basics of making small to large flat ceramic tiles and cover many of the special concerns in making a successful tile project. Using a variety of forming methods we will explore the flat surface in ways quick and immediate to slow and deliberate. This class will also survey a variety decorating techniques that can be applied to clay work both on and off the wall. Topics will include tessellation, patterning, bas- relief carving, borders and more. Emphasis on electric mid-range firing; small batch brush-able glazing methods will be covered. Something for everyone- advanced or novice!
Originally from Hollywood, California, Pam caught the clay bug at 17 in her very first sculpture class at UC Berkeley- taught by Richard Shaw (!). She received a BA from UCB and then earned her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. There she concentrated her studies on life-size ceramic figure sculpture. Since then, Pam has taught at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut, Seoul Women’s University in South Korea and Los Medanos College in California. Pam is still captivated by the figure in clay and continues to create and show her sculpture. In 2016, she founded Derby Creek Studio, her handmade tile company- as a channel for her other major interests: design, bas-relief, and glaze & clay chemistry.