di Rosa is excited to introduce a series of workshops that teach from the rich tradition of ceramics within its collection. Join us for a day-long, deep-dive into clay with ceramicist Kala Stein.

About the Workshop

Experience the work of Jim Melchert through the eyes of ceramicist Kala Stein! Participants will learn about the historical context and the technical aspects of how the work was made and then you are invited to join her for an intimate lunchtime demonstration followed by a hands-on studio session. Each participant will create their own unique art piece inspired by what they saw or embark on a free-form exploration to see what is possible with clay.

This month’s project is inspired by the process and aesthetics of Melchert’s piece Feathers of the Phoenix. Each participant will be encouraged to shatter their own pre-made tile, decorate with a glazes pattern and then reassemble. In the firing process, the shards will be fused together to create a one of a kind art-tile.

All materials and firing will be provided. Completed artworks will be taken to Kala’s off-site kiln to be fired, and will be available for pick-up at a later date. No experience is necessary. Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Details

Please bring a water bottle and a picnic lunch. di Rosa’s studio area is located outdoors in the shade. Please 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.

About the Artist

Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. Her studio work explores dynamic systems and practices within the intersection of design, production, and craft. Her community-based work is aimed to empower individuals and support a better world through the creative experience. Her studio is in downtown Sonoma and is open by appointment. https://kalastein.com/

Kala received her MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA in Ceramics from SUNY New Paltz. Along with her collaborative cohort, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and exhibits her work internationally. Kala teaches at colleges and art centers across the country including Sonoma Community Center, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Diablo Valley College, and Alfred University.