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hand building (sculpture) workshops


Sculpture in Clay Series: Finding your Narrative Voice

We're so excited to be able to offer this workshop series by incredible Bay Area Artist Suzanne M Long! 

Register for Workshop 1: Learning the Fundamentals

This introductory workshop will teach you about the fundamentals of "hand building" in clay (where all great sculptures begin), along with surface techniques and glazing, and is open to all skill levels


This six-week workshop is all inclusive (tools, clay, glazing, firing) $250

Register for Workshop 2: Intermediate Sculpting

This intermediate level, hands-on workshop will expand your skills in hand-building and help develop your confidence in working with clay. There will be group demonstrations in building, surface texture, and the use of glazes in a fun and friendly environment. Some clay experience required.


This six-week workshop is all inclusive (tools, clay, glazing, firing) $250

About the instructor

Instructor: Suzanne M. Long

Suzanne Long studied Illustration and Graphic Design and began her career in New York working as a freelance Illustrator and Production Artist. She moved to the Bay Area in 1991 and then transitioned from commercial work to fine art. She has been a sculptor since 1996 and her work has been featured in publications and throughout the country in many fine art galleries and juried art shows.

Artist Statement:

My work is about memory, adding a visual narrative to my thoughts. My work is about melancholy and humor, politics and storytelling. Sometimes I don't know what my work is about, I just have a compulsion to make it. I let my hands lead, other times my mind. I like to work in series, a season of work, making the same piece over and over, like picking out the notes on a piano, practicing. I repeat it again and again until it is a part of me, then I can release the concept, with some understanding of it. My work teaches me who I am, it defines the edges for a time, then my focus changes and my work becomes something else. It answers a question for me; it poses a question to me.