DAAP Workshops

DAAP students working in various studios. Ceramics

DAAP invites the UC community and the public to experience hands-on workshops throughout the year in one of our state-of-the-art labs and studios. From wheel throwing and printmaking to clay decorating and copper etching, there are plenty of creative options to pursue.

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Upcoming Summer Workshops

Animal Sculpture - Session 1

Animal Sculpture

This course will explore pinch and coil techniques for constructing small to medium sized animal figures. Basic principles of design and in-depth instruction to create stable base structures will make the class suitable for beginning students in clay, but a focus on animal physiology and historical mark making will engage even advanced students to push themselves into new technical and aesthetic sensitivities.  

Time in studio will cover planning and creation of basic shapes through pinch and coil building and use of slips and colorants to add realism and life to finished work. Pellets, carving, and other marks found in historical vessel making practices will be adapted to create innovative textures mimicking fur, feathers and scales. 

Students will create one or two small animal figures as practice following presentations on building and texture. Each student will then research an animal and create a medium scale (less than 20” in longest measurement) animal based on reference images. This format will include building, use of colorants, and final glaze firing to produce finished works. 

Instructor: Sara Torgison

Day/Time: Thursdays 5:00pm-8:00pm; May 16-June 20 (6 weeks)

Cost: DAAP Students: $200; Non-DAAP UC Students, Staff, Faculty: $250; Public: $310

Hand Built Vases - Session 2

Hand Built Vases

Join us for a six-week ceramic vase workshop! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned potter, this program promises a rewarding exploration of various techniques, including pinch pots, coiling, slab building, and sculpting, as you bring your vision to life through the creation of your own one-of-a-kind vase. 

Throughout the workshop, we'll also explore the creative possibilities of slips, glazes, and underglazes to decorate your pieces. No prior experience is required – just bring your curiosity and a readiness to experiment!  

By the end of the workshop, you will not only have honed your skills with these new techniques, but you will also get to go home with your very own, handmade planter or vase.

Instructor: Margaret Kammerer

Day/Time: Thursdays; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; June 20th – August 1st (no class July 4th; 6 weeks)

Cost: DAAP Students: $200; Non-DAAP UC Students, Staff, Faculty: $250; Public: $310

Intro to Intaglio Printmaking: Copper Plate Etching - Session 3

Copper Etching

This beginner etching workshop will be a six-week course that will cover the basics of hard ground, soft ground, and aquatint etching. Participants will receive two 6”x8” copper plates where they will do hard ground and aquatint etching on the one, and soft ground and aquatint etching on the second. By completion of the course, participants should be able to take home an edition of prints from each plate, with an understanding of the basics of intaglio printmaking.

Instructor: Stephanie Berrie

Day/Time: Wednesdays; 11:30am – 2:30pm; May 15-June 26th (No class June 19th; 6 weeks) 

Cost: DAAP Students: $200; Non-DAAP UC Students, Staff, Faculty: $250; Public: $310

Past Workshops

DAAP students working in various studios. Ceramics

Excited to get your hands in clay and learn the foundations of the potter's wheel? Enroll in our fun and casual hands-on wheel throwing workshop. Our instructor will introduce you to the lab and guide you through the basics of making a variety of forms, glaze application and finishing techniques. Students enrolled in the workshop are given access to the DAAP Ceramics Lab during open lab hours. 

Instructor: James Webb

Day/Time: Wednesday: 6:00pm –9:00pm; June 21 - August 2 (6 weeks)

Cost: DAAP Students: $200; Non-DAAP UC Students, Staff, Faculty: $250; Public: $310

Copper Etching

This is an introductory intaglio workshop that covers the basics of copper etching. Processes that will be taught in this workshop include hard and soft ground etching, aquatint, and chine collé. Previous printmaking knowledge is recommended but not necessary, however, participants should have some basic drawing and art-making skills. Each student will receive two 4”x 6” copper plates, etching tools, and printing paper. The first three weeks will be spent learning how to do a basic line etching with aquatint, inking and wiping the plates (one color and a la poupée), printing the plates, and creating an edition of prints. The final three weeks will be spent learning chine collé and soft ground etching. Participants should leave this course with a basic understanding of intaglio and a portfolio of prints. 

Instructor: Stephanie Berrie

Day/Time: Thursday 5:30-8:30pm; June 22 - August 3 (6 weeks - no class 7/5)

Cost: DAAP Students: $200; Non-DAAP UC Students, Staff, Faculty: $250; Public: $310


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Colin John Klimesh

Asst Dir Academic, DAAP Ceramics

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