Try your hands at making sculptural and functional forms in clay. This introductory class covers traditional hand-building and surface treatment techniques while pushing the boundaries with unconventional methods. You will leave with a solid foundation in working with clay and the ability to apply your new skill set to other 3-D work and materials.
Learn more about how you will make your own ceramics pour over in Ceramics I in this step-by-step on our blog!
New Health and Safety Guidelines
All students must review and adhere to all of The Crucible's Health and Safety Guidelines to best protect our students and staff during this public health crisis. Classes have been modified to Alameda County’s latest safety recommendations and will continue to adapt as things change. If your class is cancelled by The Crucible due to updated county guidance, we are pleased to offer you a refund for a class or session that cannot run.
Teacher Bio: Rosa Dorantes
For the past twenty years, Rosa Dorantes has been dedicated to sharing her knowledge of ceramics. An Oakland-native, Rosa has transformed our Ceramics Department into a sanctuary that keeps students coming back. Since she has taken over as Department Head, multiple students have taken Ceramics I with Rosa three times in a row.
Rosa’s mother immigrated from Nicaragua and her father from Mexico—but Oakland is home for Rosa and her family. Her parents met on the streets of San Francisco. Her mother was lost, and her dad had directions. The rest was history.
“I was born in Oakland, and Oakland is where I first fell in love with ceramics when I was 14,” Rosa told us. “For me, coming to The Crucible is my journey really coming full circle. Now, I get to share my passion for ceramics with my community, while being immersed in the greater arts community at The Crucible.”