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Spring Workshops at Plinth Gallery

Beginning in February 2011, Plinth Gallery will host a series of ceramic workshops in the Gallery’s recently remodeled studio space. Three workshops will each emphasize surface decoration and finishing techniques, and will be instructed by the Gallery guest artist for the month.

The series opens on February 5th for a one-day seminar with Shalene Valenzuela. Shalene, whose show, “Recipe for Disaster” is the gallery exhibit for February, will demonstrate a variety of surface-embellishment techniques and application of images. Through slide presentation, lecture and hands-on demonstration, she will share her unique process of illustrating on bisque surfaces and incorporating print aspects with her drawn images.

Shalene earned her MFA in ceramics from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and has recently taught at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. A former resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, she currently works at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Montana. Her quirky, humorous narrative vessels have been exhibited nationally.

On April 2, Yoko Sekino-Bove will demonstrate combinations of decoration techniques including sgraffito, carving, stamping, and a variety of glaze painting. Other wet clay surface techniques will include mishima and slip painting. Students will actively participate in this workshop and make a variety of clay stamps to use on their own work. A supply list will be emailed to participants in advance of the workshop. Yoko’s show, “Fragile Immortalitiy” will be the featured exhibit at Plinth for April.

Yoko Sekino-Bove is a 2011 Niche Finalist. She earned her BFA in graphic design from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan, and worked as a commercial graphic designer in Los Angeles before her passion took her to study ceramics at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her MFA. After serving as an apprentice at Rowantrees Pottery in Maine, then artist-in-residence at the Armory Art Center in Florida, Yoko settled as a studio artist in Washington, PA. Her work has been exhibited at both commercial and educational galleries nationally and internationally and is included in museums and private collections. Her ceramic works are featured in the Lark Books, “500 Cups”, “500 Platters and Chargers”, and a wide variety of periodicals including “American Crafts”, “Ceramics Monthly” and “The Clay Times” magazines.


Connie Norman (that’s me) will conduct the final segment of the series on May 7, 2011. Connie will focus on glazing techniques for terra cotta and white earthenware pottery, using masking tape and other office supplies to cut resist-style designs. Students should bring several pieces of bisque-fired work to experiment with glazing techniques demonstrated in this workshop. Connie’s show, “Snippets of Conversation” will be the May exhibition at Plinth.

Connie, who was born in Japan and raised all over the world, is a graduate of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She studied ceramics in Tokoname, Japan, and her work has been juried into many national shows, including Strictly Functional, Ceramics USA, Origins in Clay, and a solo exhibition at NCECA, 2006. Connie has received numerous fellowships for her work, which has also been published in “Ceramics Monthly” magazine. Most recently, her signature work has been included in Lark Books, “500 Vases”.

Each day-long workshop begins at 9am, ends by 5pm, and includes lunch. Cost is $85 for each seminar, or register for all three sessions for $230. Space is limited to 20 students, so registration will be on a first-come, first served basis and advance payment will guarantee a space. Specific information for each workshop, including any necessary supplies, will be emailed to each student when payment is received. Cancellations will be fully refunded if made by 5pm on the Monday before the workshop. Students will also receive a 10% discount on any Gallery purchases the day of the workshop only. For additional information or to register, contact Plinth Gallery at 303-295-0717, or email gallery@plinthgallery.com.

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2 Responses to “Spring Workshops at Plinth Gallery”

  1. Linda Starr Says:

    Wish I lived closer I’d be there in a second, all three sound good.

  2. Connie Says:

    Thank Linda, I wish you lived closer too. It would be fun to have you in the workshop.