Experience Ceramic Interventions through the eyes of artist Maria Paz! The artist will walk you through her works in the exhibition, Ceramic Interventions: Nicki Green, Sahar Khoury, & Maria Paz, and then invite you to join her for an intimate lunchtime talk and studio session. During this half-day workshop, Paz will take you through the technical process of coil-building a personal vessel and painting it with slip and underglazes, and will talk about the conceptual process of incorporating a personal narrative into your work of art.

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All art materials and firing will be provided by collaborative partner Sonoma Community Center (SCC). Completed vessels will be taken to SCC to be fired, and will be available for pick-up at a later date. No experience is necessary.

The Details

Please bring a water bottle and picnic lunch. di Rosa’s studio area is located outdoors in the shade. We advise that you dress in layers and wear sunscreen. Restrooms are available. Space is limited and advance registration is required due to the special nature of this workshop. For questions, please contact visit@dirosaart.org or call (707) 226.5991 x24.

Please refer to “before your visit” for information regarding di Rosa’s COVID health and safety protocols.

How to prepare

To prepare for the workshop, Paz encourages participants to find inspiration from their personal narratives. She asks that you collect and create images that represent your history, your memories, and what you wish to manifest to paint on your vessels. Both red clay and white clay will be available to build the vessel with as well as slips to paint with.

Maria Paz, Siempre te Amare (installation image), 2020. 28.5” H x 16” W x 16” D. Photo: Grace Hendricks.

About the Artist

Maria Paz (b. Quilpue, Chile) is a self- taught sculptor based in Oakland, California. Her ceramic sculptures serve as archival objects, often exploring the bond broken with her home country and how her experience as an immigrant in the United States has shaped a multiplicity of identities within her. Recently, Paz has exhibited work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), San Jose Institute of Contemporary Arts (San Jose, CA), Pt. 2 Gallery (Oakland, CA), and Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA). Paz has held workshops at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA) and was a finalist for the 2019-2020 TOSA Studio Award. She was awarded the Bed Stuy Arts Residency in Brooklyn, New York and is currently preparing for a group exhibition focused on community healing at Part 2 Gallery (Oakland, CA).