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MAKE YOUR MARK: Techniques for Creative Surface Design - with Tiffany Schmierer

Presented by Marin Art Teachers at Marin Art Teachers at Redwood High School, Larkspur CA

Nov 04 2017
MAKE YOUR MARK: Techniques for Creative Surface Design - with Tiffany Schmierer

Clay workshop for artists and art teachers – wide range of surface techniques

A Saturday hand’s on clay workshop for artists and art teachers covering a wide range of surface techniques for creating a rich assortment of texture, pattern and imagery to express your ideas on the ceramic surface.

We will explore carving, stamps and impressions, inlay, stencils, resist materials, several print methods, and a variety of under-glaze applications.

We will work on tiles of various stages: wet through bisque.

The surface skills learned during the workshop can be applied in your studio to sculpture or pottery for a range of temperatures.

Bring your basic tools and brushes. Materials included.


Tiffany Schmierer is an Associate Professor of Art at Skyline College in San Bruno where she teaches Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design. Schmierer has a studio in San Francisco, and exhibits her sculpture annually in national and regional shows.


Artist Statement

I create assembled sculptures with a visual density of pattern, imagery, and detail. Rather than edit down to the minimal, I embrace the complexity of our visual culture. Using a “maximalist” approach, I construct an accumulated and intricate viewing experience. This method of layering information leads the viewer into the piece on a non-linear journey, in which connections are formed in a variety of ways.

My primary sculptural medium is clay, which I treat as a canvas for two-dimensional exploration. Surface techniques used include carving, painting, impressing found and hand-carved textures, screen-printing hand-drawn and photographic digital images, and creating images with handmade stencils. The layering and multiple firings of underglazes and low-fire glazes achieve the painterly textures and colors.


Our workshop event is in the Ceramics studio at Redwood High School. Room 514 located in a portable right next to the back parking lot. There are two main parking lots on the campus accessed from Doherty Drive in Larkspur. The front one has huge solar panels over it. Don't go into that one.

Registration includes materials.  See detailed map and directions.

$80 for artists

$55 for teachers; Continuing Education Credits available for this class. (.5 credits. Contact us for details).

Contact: 415-945-3653


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Additional time info:

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Marin Art Teachers at Redwood High School

REDWOOD HIGH SCHOOL Ceramics Room 514, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939


parking lot on campus adjacent to Ceramics room 514. Use parking lot entrance from Lucky Drive.


    • Wheelchair Access

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