workshops & classes

3 DAYS • 3 WORKSHOPS!!
MUERTOS WEEKEND

Starting 3rd FRIDAY, October 19th with mini clay SKULLS!  Drop in between 6-9pm to make yours!! Allow 30-40 minutes of work time, pieces will be ready to pick up in 7 days  $10. FEE includes: clay, use of studio tools, firing and black wash

SATURDAY, October 20th: sugarSKULLweedpots - due to lack of participants this will be rescheduled in the future
11am - 3pm  $75. Fee includes clay and firing, students need to bring silk flowers for dipped and burned out flower add ons.

SUNDAY, October 21: boneyHAMSAS!  - due to lack of participants this will be rescheduled in the future
$75. includes clay, firing, students need to bring silk flower for dipped and burned out flower add on. If you prefer a traditional designed Hamsa you can go that way as well, or make one of ea. as you will have enough clay & time to make 2!!

BUNDLE ALL 3 workshops for $140.
SAVE $20.

REGISTER BY EMAIL, CLICK HERE



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OCTOBER 2018

1 DAY WORKSHOP
SPRIG MOLDS & DAMP BOXES
$75. FEE
Sunday, Oct.7th: 10 - 1pm

Sprig molds will be created with objects brought to the workshop, one part plaster molds.  Each student can expect to make 3-4 sprig molds.

Damp box, a place to control moisture for your sprigs or other small wet clay pieces until you are ready to attach them to larger pieces.  Clay can be kept pliable for weeks as a damp plaster bat base inside the box keeps humidity controlled - keeping the work inside from drying out.   Students need to bring a shoe box size plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.  Plaster for both sprig molds and damp boxes are provided.

A detailed supply list will be emailed to students once registration to class is completed.  

REGISTER NOW


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SEPTEMBER 2018

4 DAY WORKSHOP:  goFIGURE  Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30th • 11-2pm

$185. plus $20. materials & firing fee, includes: 20lbs clay, firing of work created, basic post fire finishing week 4

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Weeks 1-3 will be working with a variety of hand-built, stylized figurative forms: wall mounted, free standing, full body and busts.  week 4 learn basic post fire finishing techniques on your fired pieces

REGISTER NOW, SPACE IS LIMITED


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JUNE 2018

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, JUNE 23 & 24TH 11-4PM   $225. fee
REGISTER NOW  class size is limited

OK, IF YOU CAN ONLY DO 1 DAY, Saturday the 23rd only: $140
REGISTER NOW-SATURDAY ONLY

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2-DAY WORKSHOP $225   *OR a 1-day option $140.
fee includes: white bisque, textured, test tiles, a variety of post fire mediums for your experimentation, brushes, sponges for washing techniques

Marie has been finishing her work post-firing for over 20 years, it has become a signature element to her work. A visual presentation of selected works, discussing mediums and techniques used, followed by demonstrations of each provided medium will be just the start of this great workshop!! 

DAY 1:  Amongst the medium's I'll be demonstrating, and you'll be able to use on provided test tiles: Instant Rust, matte acrylics, opalescent luminaire acrylics, pigment dyes, color wax resist, liquid gold leaf. Black wash, color wash and dry brush techniques, clear acrylic sealants and wax and buffed sealants.

DAY 2: Bring a small piece of your own to work on, and / or continue with test tiles. *Students bringing your own small piece (nothing larger than 10” please) watch for an e.mail giving suggested supplemental mediums that you might want to bring to assure you have the colors you want to work with.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED!!  DON’T WAIT, REGISTER NOW!! (links to register at the top of this listing)

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MAY 2018

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OH BABY!
Sunday, May 20th, 11:30 - 4pm
$145. fee

Never say Never . . . I always said I wouldn't do this workshop, just wasn't willing to share that part of me. It is coming up quick, so don't hesitate, I also can't promise I will do it again, we'll see. You'll get 4.5 hours in the studio, a demo on both press molding and slip casting (we will be pressing not casting but I think it is very good for you to see the difference) USE OF MY MOLDS, use of studio tools, textures and sprig molds, 5 lbs of clay, firing of all you create. REGISTER  NOW to be sure you’ll have a spot at the table!  A 50% deposit is required to hold your space (PayPal will be accepted)


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FEBRUARY 2018

BE DANGEROUS • WORKSHOP SERIES

Read a bit about each week below, choose by the session,. $50. ea OR BUNDLE all 4 for $175

REGISTER WEEK 1: PINCH

REGISTER WEEK 2: COIL

REGISTER WEEK 3: SLAB

REGISTER WEEK 4: MIX em UP *you must have taken at least 2 of the previous weeks for week 4 alone
REGISTER BUNDLE ALL 4 WEEKS! (PAY LESS ON BUNDLE: $175.)

This four week series is designed to sharpen your skills in the basic hand-building techniques: PINCH, COIL & SLAB building. Students will create several forms in each technique during it’s 3 hour session, allowing them to easier develop concepts of their own works in the future by finding the technique(s) that they connect best with.  

PINCH:  Sunday Feb. 18th, noon - 3pm   $50. Fee includes 5lbs of clay & firing of work created
COIL:     Sunday Feb. 25th, noon - 3pm   $50. Fee includes 5lbs of clay & firing of work created
SLAB:    Sunday March 4th, noon - 3pm  $50. Fee includes 5lbs of clay & firing of work created
MIX EM UP:  Sunday March 11th, noon - 3pm  $50. Fee includes 5lbs of clay & firing of work created

Pick one or all four sessions,
*BUNDLE BONUS, REGISTER AND PRE-PAY FOR ALL 4 ONLY $175. ($25. savings)
click ‘REGISTER LINK” below each weeks description.   * If you want to bundle all 4 select that link below week 3  (link should bring you to an email form, if link isn’t working just email marie@mariegibbons.com, 
with REGISTER BE DANGEROUS IN THE SUBJECT)

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JANUARY 2018

HAMSA HAND WORKSHOP: Sunday, January 14th: 11am-3pm $75. fee includes all materials and a black wash session on your fired piece. (with an option to add on color painting session for $50. — painting session Sunday, Jan. 28th noon-2:30) 

REGISTER NOW (click here for email registration) don't wait too long, it's gonna fill fast!

The image on right shows a few of Marie’s finished Hamsa Hands.  These have been taken to a full color finish (what you can do if you opt in on the coloring session - you can decide on what you’d like to do for finishing the day of class)  


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Workshops listed below have passed, but, if you are interested in knowing if they come back around, email and tell me what you want to be informed about!  ** You can also request a class for a private group, minimum of 5 participants, email for more info.

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SEPTEMBER 2017
Saturday, Sept. 23rd 11-4 & Saturday, Oct. 7th 11-2
$100. fee includes everything you need from clay to paint!

It’s back, by popular demand, you’ve been asking for a replay of this one, and I’ve finally been able to get it scheduled!!! 

PORTALS: High relief tiles inspired by your imagination, dreams and fantasies of a land unknown,where will your door lead?  Don’t wait — REGISTER NOW

SCHEDULE A PRIVATE GROUP!!  2 days / 5 hours, 3rd optional day for painting fired work, 4 hours

**3DAYS in the studio  pictureTHIS: collage to clay - **you can opt out of the 3rd paint day if you like.  Day one and two only:  $175.  all three days: $225. 
* I’m opening this painting day to a general learn post fired finishes, bring bisque work (1 or 2 pieces) and learn post fired finishing techniques, $75. for painting day only!!


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2ndruncarvedplaster

CARVED PLASTER MOLD = HIGH RELIEF DETAIL!
SCHEDULE YOUR OWN PRIVATE GROUP FOR THIS CLASS

One 5 hour session

Such a great workshop for artists, teachers, DIY’ers!

From the transfer of your sketch to the carving of various depths in plaster to create beautiful detailed relief tiles, students can expect to complete 1 to 2 carvings with pressed tiles of their carving.

$95. fee
includes:  2, 5.5" plaster blanks for carving, 2lbs of clay, use of studio tools, firing of tiles created in class




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ooops, we will be rescheduling this one, stay tuned!

The paintbrush is loaded with opportunities of reference and or metaphor.  What strokes might it have made in it’s prime? What energies might have embedded in it’s handle from the painter that held it? How might you compare it’s acts to those in your own lives: brushes with creativity, cover-ups, materializing a fantasy.

Using Apoxie Clay (air hardening epoxy clay), we will be creative figurative references to the inspiration of our choice.  Will you choose an old world Master, or a contemporary graffiti artist, an old school sign painter or a poet who paints with words?  It’s about taking a moment slowing down and seeing something in the things we over-look.

ONE day session, 4 hours   FEE:$75.
Apoxie Clay and paints included, BRING YOUR OWN PAINT BRUSHES (the more used up and gnarly the better, but you can distress new ones to look old) Bring 2-3, 2-3” brushes


Overview of Apoxie Clay is a permanent, self-hardening, synthetic clay that combines the benefits of sculpting clay with those of epoxies. It has a 2-3 hour working time, self hardens with no ovens, kilns or fumes. 0% shrinkage/cracking, water proof, non-flammable, non-hazardous, no solvents or fumes. Apoxie Clay adheres permanently to clean surfaces: porcelain, ceramic, vinyl, polymers, foam, fiberglass, wood, plastics and more. Durable finish; can be sanded, tapped, drilled, carved. Paint or stain wet or dry.  


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IF A PAST WORKSHOP CATCHES YOUR EYE . . . You can either email and asked to be put on a wait list for when it runs again, OR, if you have a group of 5 or more, you can schedule that workshop as a private group!!   EMAIL for info on PRIVATE GROUP WORKSHOPS



ONE DAY SESSION 5 HOUR SESSION
$95. FEE

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NOVEMBER 2016

SACRED HEARTS WORKSHOP - if you missed this and are sad, watch for a re-run in Feb!
ONE DAY SESSION 3.4 HOURS

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Create a one of a kind piece to reflect that which is precious, honored and sacred to you.

$75. fee includes 5lbs of clay, use of studio tools and firing.  Students can expect to make up to two pieces in this workshop (depending up on size and individual work pace)




OPTIONAL ADD ON
Post Fired Finish class.  Saturday, Nov. 19th, noon -2pm  $45.fee includes basic color paints, students with particular color wants should bring paints with them.


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openmindedworkshp

OPEN-MINDED BOWLS
ONE DAY SESSION, 3 HOURS

Don’t miss out on this GREAT workshop! We will form hollow ball forms which then give us the canvas for developing facial features and different expressions, and adding “feet”.  And, as if that isn’t enough, each student should have 2-3 completed OPEN-MINDED BOWLS of their very own!!

$55. FEE includes: 5lbs of clay, use of studio tools, firing.  *an optional black wash session can be added after firing for $10. — or you can take your piece and work on it on your own at home!


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M A Y / J U N E   2016

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M A R C H  2016


F E B R U A R Y   2 0 1 6

Clay Tile Shadow / Silhouette Portraits
inspired by Victorian Silhouette Portraits

Sunday, February 7th, 11am-1:30pm
FEE: $48. 
includes clay, underglaze, use of studio tools, firing 
$48. fee is for 1 tile, additional tiles can be created for $15. ea
(If you would like additional tiles, please advise prior to class so that tiles are prepared for you)

In this workshop we will be creating our Silhouette or Shadow Portraits on a 5” sq tile creating our silhouettes through the technique known as SGRAFITTO using a black underglaze on white clay: 

Sgraffito (in Italian "to scratch") is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying layers of color or colors (underglazes or colored slips) to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts of the layer(s) to create contrasting images, patterns and texture and reveal the clay color underneath.


Silhouettes had been, even in the mid 1800s, a dependable staple of portraiture. It was common to see silhouettes on the walls or tucked into Bibles, which was often a safe place to put family-related memorabilia. While silhouettes were definitely less expensive than the brand-new photographic processes, it could still cost one or more days' pay to have a silhouette created. Even in the later 1800s, (still in the Victorian period), silhouette were popular at fairs and festivals as nostalgia, novelty, or a portrait form that the less-moneyed classes could afford.





J A N U A R Y   2 0 1 6

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in a dream . . . 

Saturday, January 23rd
11am - 3pm

FEE: $75 (includes clay, use of studio tools & molds, firing)

Create surreal portraits in clay inspired by your dreams!  

We will start with a quick sketch and short story, then using a press molded doll face as a base, alter and embellish to bring our little ones to life. Students will create 2 characters in clay (sizes range between 3.5-5”h)

*OPTIONAL FINISHING CLASS
Saturday, January 30th 12-2pm
Blackwash and color painting after firing.
$35. (includes paint and use of studio brushes
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ONGOING:  THIRDFRIDAY
of every month join us for our infamous MINISHOPS!  

On  thirdFRIDAYS between 6-9pm • no reservations or experience necessary, just drop in and grab a seat, plan on about 30-40 minutes of work time to create your piece!  CHECK OUT THE mini-shop page for the current months mini!

FEE: $10. • includes clay, use of studio tools, firing and color wash.  Your finished piece will be ready to pick up the following FIRSTfriday weekend.