OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, 3/15, 5pm-8pm in conjunction with the National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts.
This group of artists, Seth Payne, Mathew Karas, Thomas Schmidt, and Kala Stein, AU MFA Alumni 2009, reunited at Maryland Instituite College of Art (Baltimore) in May 2017 for a National Endowment for the Arts supported studio research residency. The Terracotta CoLab exhibition shows select work and prototypes made during and following the residency.

VISIT: Casey Droege Cultural Productions, 937 Liberty Ave, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


Kala to teach at Anderson Ranch Art Center, June 19-30, 2017, Snowmass, CO

Mold Making: systems & surfaces – C0304-17

Date: Jun 19 - 30, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All

Instructor(s): Giselle Hicks & Kala Stein


Discover the relationship between surface pattern design and dimensional forms as it relates to the ceramics craft. Whether casting a functional piece or hand building an abstract sculpture, molds are found in most ceramic studios. They can take on many different forms, and be made of many different materials. Plaster has the ability to capture minute details such as lines, marks and textures. In this workshop, the instructors introduce systems of prototyping and mold making.

Media & Techniques:

We explore mold making techniques applicable to tile, vessels, sculpture and beyond. Instructors demonstrate making one-, two- and multi-part slip casting and press molds, as well as modular mold systems. Students explore mixing and pouring plaster and casting slip, plus approaches to press molding with attention to decorative and textural surfaces. We examine high-touch surface options including mishima, sgraffito, applique and embossing.


We engage in daily demonstrations, slide lectures, group discussions and work in the studio.


Giselle Hicks is the Studio Coordinator of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch. She received her M.F.A. from Alfred University. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. She is the Director of Ceramics at Sonoma Community Center in California. Kala received her B.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz and her M.F.A. from Alfred University.

DISCOVERED, Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA

Discovered:  Emerging Visual Artists of Sonoma County
Opening Reception:  January 21, 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates:  January 24 – March 18

Produced by Creative Sonoma and the Petaluma Arts Center, five Sonoma County artists are being recognized through the fourth annual “Discovered:  Emerging Artists from Sonoma County” program. The five winners reflect the tremendous diversity of the county’s visual arts community in genre, style and philosophy.  Yet, they share several common themes.  These works explore a culture that has less to do with the intrinsic value of things, and more to do with providing a felt experience.

“The Discovered program is a great vehicle to shine a spotlight on some of the individual artists in our county whose work hasn’t yet received well deserved recognition,” said Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.  “Receiving this award will be an important credential for all of these artists as they move their career forward in Sonoma County or beyond.”

The winners were selected through a highly competitive process.  Initial recommendations were made for 80 artists to participate leading to 46 applications which were juried down to 12 finalists.  Jurors made site visits to the studios of all finalists and selected the 5 winners.

“The immense diversity of subject matter, medium and insights for the many exceptional artists living and working in Sonoma County is simply astounding. From concern and respect for the natural world, to gender politics, technology and beauty, the quality is very exciting.”

This program is made possible by The Artist Awards Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation Sonoma County which was created by more than 50 donors from 2007-2011 with support from the James Irvine Foundation.


Kala Stein

Jenny Harp

Catherine Sieck

Dayana Leon

Jaynee Watson



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