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Our gallery and workshop spaces are in the historic Benicia Arsenal in Benicia, California. The arsenal is a large area comprised of many former military buildings, and the building we inhabit is a stately brick structure built in 1878. Spend a few hours or a whole weekend with us in Benicia, where you’ll find plenty of dining options, shops and antique stores on Benicia’s waterfront First Street, just a 3 minute drive from the historic Benicia Arsenal.

Upcoming Workshops


Aug 3 + 4 / Suzanne Long: Handbuilding in Clay

Aug 3 + 4 / Suzanne Long: Handbuilding in Clay



Dates: August 3 and 4, 2019 / 10:00-4:00 / one hour lunch break

Location: Studio #29, 940 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510


This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce you to building techniques in Clay. You will learn the three basic methods for hand building pinch pot, slab and coil construction. An intro to the many tools used in working with Clay from adding texture to surface design. We will discuss surface technique and glazes and how to add a narrative voice to your work, students will be encouraged to incorporate there own personal imagery into and onto their work.

Day 1:
#1 Introduction to Clay
#2 Get your hands dirty, Demo of building techniques, students will work along, and build a small piece using each technique.
#3 Intro to different tools and their function
#lunch break
#Students will start on their individual pieces, I will work with the group and individually to help bring their ideas to fruition
#Clean up, I will teach the students how to wrap their work safely, properly clean their tools and work space

Day 2:
# Demo on surface, adding texture, form, burnishing
#Students will continue to work on their Individual pieces
#Demo on making a head
#lunch break
#Students will continue to work on their Individual pieces, I will work with the group and individually to help bring their ideas to a finished piece
#Discussion on working in clay at different stages of drying, Demo on carving leather hard clay, and glazing on bone dry clay.
#Finishing up sculptures! Ta Da!

About the Instructor:
Suzanne Long is Bay Area artist working in ceramics. Known for her extremely popular whimsical and sometimes mysterious ceramic creations, Suzanne's work always delights and enlightens viewers. In this special flash exhibition, Suzanne unveils a new series of work with a surreal edge, full of figures and faces that invite deeper investigation beyond the initial attraction. Suzanne is holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and lives in Vallejo, California. 

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By purchasing this workshop, I agree with the Waiver of Liability, Medical Release, Photography/Videotape Release and Indemnification Agreement and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract between myself and Okey Dokey Inc/Jen Tough Gallery, and that I do it of my own free will. I also understand the Refund Policies and the potential consequences thereof, set forth by Okey Dokey Inc/Jen Tough Gallery and agree to such terms. found here.

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