California Clay as a Natural Dye and Paint with Rosa Novak
Take a walking tour of California clays and learn how to identify and ethically forage for local clays in a variety of landscapes. Learn how to process the clay into a clay body ready to work with as a natural dye and as a clay for ceramic work. Use clay as a dye and as a paint for surface design and pattern within the class. Dye silk and cotton samples in the collected clay and a selection of other California dug clays, to arrive at a full land-based color palette.
The clay foraging portion of the class will require walking for 30 to 40 minutes for those who can do so. Enjoy a potluck lunch.
Instructor Rosa Novak is an Oakland artist working with local clay and sustainable practices in ceramics. She earned her BFA from the ceramics program at California College of the Arts (CCA) and is a 2017 Windgate Fellow. Novak currently has work at The Mill (SF) and Little Paper Planes (SF). She has exhibited at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (LA), Nook Gallery (Oakland) and The Galallery (SF), has spoken at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and has done residencies at Textile Arts Center (NY), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME) and Penland School of Crafts (NC).
West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place both indoors and in the garden.
If you are coming from out of town, overnight accommodations are plentiful in the vicinity — from nearby cottages and hotels to camping at the Russian River.