5-Day Summer Workshop July 19-23
Totems, Stacking Totems and Narrative Clay Sculpture
A totem is one or more objects that helps tell the story of an individual or group. Totems, like shrines and other empowered objects, are a way to zero in on what inspires you or is meaningful. In this workshop, we will employ exercises such as collage on paper and sketching in clay to collect and play with images, ideas, stories, forms and surfaces that you might want to incorporate. From these source materials, we will develop and design one or more totems to make in clay. You may end up with a number of standalone pieces or pieces and parts for a stacking totem. You are invited to scale your work to a size that best suits your objectives for the week and comfort level, and within that scale, I will provide guidance and instruction in construction. We’ll look at a couple of approaches to stacking totems that are key to the design process. Some handbuilding experience is helpful.
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July 19-23, 10 am–4 pm (plus open studio hours) in West Linn
$400 includes materials and bisque firing. Contact Sara for info/registration at or 971-271-0480.

3-Day Sitka Workshop August 1-3
Landmarks: From Collage to Clay
at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon Coast
Explore your inner landscape with with focused explorations in collage, doodling and clay. Using inspiration from “Landmarks” author Robert McFarlane and ceramic sculptor Kathy Ruttenberg, we will delve into our connections to earth, sea and sky, first on paper and then in clay. Set aside what you do and don’t know about technique, deepen your relationship with the materials and yourself as an artist, and explore your relationship to the natural world, literally and metaphorically. We begin with nearly a full day of collage, exploring image vocabulary and discussing how to make the most of your creative process. A sequence of doodling exercises invites essential artistic style expressed in the language of line, color and shape. Clay exercises build on what you’ve gathered in 3-dimensional form. We complete and integrate the workshop experience with an image journal. All levels.
August 1–3, 10am to 4pm. Contact Sitka Center for registration.

Two-Day Creative Process Workshop
Concentrated exploration of vocabulary and style using simple exercises in collage, doodling and clay. For all levels—set aside what you know or what you don’t know about technique. Learn a methodology for mining the riches of the unconscious for image vocabulary and artistic style.
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Dates tba, 10am to 4:30pm at my West Linn studio
$195 includes materials. Contact Sara for info/registration at or 971-271-0480.