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)

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.



Tiffany Schmierer
A Tiffany Schmierer Workshop
The Clay Canvas: Creating Complex Surfaces

June 10, 2017: 10am - 4:30pm

This hands-on workshop will cover a wide range of surface techniques for creating a rich assortment of texture, pattern, and imagery to express your ideas on the ceramic surface. We will explore carving, stamps and impressions, inlay, stencils, resist materials, several print methods and a variety of underglaze applications. We will work on tiles in various stages: wet through bisque. The surface skills learned during the workshop can be applied in your studio to sculpture or pottery at a range of temperatures. Bring your basic clay tools and brushes. Come ready to play and explore!

Tiffany Schmierer received her M.F.A. in Ceramics from San Francisco State University in 2004. She is currently Associate Professor of Art in the Ceramics Department at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA.

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

July 22 (10-4pm), July 23 (7-5pm* -- includes 3-hour break), & July 26 (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 events@berkeleypottersstudio.com or call 510-528-3286 to register.



Michelle Gregor
A Michelle Gregor Workshop
Improvisation with the Figure: Form and Surface Techniques in Clay Sculpture

August 12, 13, 2017: 10am - 4:30pm each day

In this workshop, we'll explore an improvisational approach to sculpting the figure in clay. Techniques of building solid and then hollowing will be emphasized. Each step of the creative process will be covered, from ideation through construction. Surface development and firing methods will also be covered. This class is hands on! All skill levels are welcome, beginning through advanced.

SF Bay Area artist Michelle Gregor creates sculpture in high-fire ceramic and bronze. Her work has been described as lyrical, graceful, and spiritual. Her figurative sculptures are in many private collections. She has a B.F.A. degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. degree from San Francisco State University.

Cost: PS Members/Students: $250  |  Others: $275

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



Scott Jennings
A Scott Jennings Workshop
Hand-building with Slabs: Stretching the Possibilities

September 10, 2017: 10am - 4:30pm

During this hands-on workshop, Scott will demonstrate how he uses clay slabs to create his unique hand-built forms. He will show how to create the patterns that he uses to make each piece, how he uses texture to make interesting surfaces, and how he assembles and creates volume in ceramic forms without using the wheel. Scott will also demonstrate how he makes wire handles for teapots.

Scott Jennings studied ceramics at California State University, Fullerton, earning a B.F.A. in ceramics in 1996. He currently teaches at Ruby’s Clay Studio, Palo Alto Art Center, Higher Fire Studios, and at Clay By The Bay. His work in the ceramics industry includes working as the Dinnerware Production Manager for Heath Ceramics.

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

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



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.



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