Arts & Crafts

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Fiber Arts
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Pottery

Taught by Dane Vaanas

Pottery – Beginning

Learn and experience the fun of creating usable artistic ceramic forms. We will introduce you to the timeless process of working with your hands and using contemporary equipment to make bowls, cups, plates, vases and one-of-a-kind items. Pinching, coiling, slab and potter’s wheel techniques will be demonstrated as well as glazing.

Pottery – Intermediate

We will explore projects requiring basic skills with slab work and the potters wheel. You will be introduced to more complicated forms such as goblets and pitchers, teapots, platters, one of a kind forms and unusual glazing techniques for decoration.

Pottery – Advanced

This class requires intermediate skills or permission by the instructor. Lauren Hansen and Dane Venaas will teach techniques in decorative and altered forms in unique firing methods including soda and raku firing. 

Fiber Arts

Taught by Julia Ford

Learn the art of hand weaving on a floor loom.  We will practice foundation skills together: loom set up, pattern drafting, yarn calculations and weaving with one or two shuttles.  First time students will make a beautiful shoulder bag, or two elegant scarves.  Returning students will choose their own projects, such as rugs, blankets and placemats, inspired by an array of pieces from around the globe. Experience the joy of weave structure, color and texture; and live with cloth made by your own hand!

***This class also requires a $35 materials fee.

Instructor

Pottery Instructor: Dane Vaanas

Dane Vaanas is an artist-craftsman who has been completely involved with ceramics for 30 years. Following studies in engineering and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he took to ceramic art with a passion. Dan established a the Pottery Program for the UCSB Recreation Department where he continues to provide instruction, experiment and grow as an artist.

His current work centers on functional vessels for the home, including dinnerware, unique vases and handmade sinks. He exhibits his work throughout California and in private collections across the United States. Dane’s glazes reflect a sense of movement, depth and color related to abstract expressionism. Each piece is different, yet connected to a common theme. In his own words, “My development as an artist is an evolution of forms and surfaces. Through working and reworking of forms, I gain an intuitive sense of control. Through submitting these forms to the fire, I make the leap into the unknown. The best work is born of the process. Successful pieces have a life of their own, a presence that is undeniable and enduring.”

Dane Vaanas is an artist-craftsman who has been completely involved with ceramics for 30 years. Following studies in engineering and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he took to ceramic art with a passion. Dan established a the Pottery Program for the UCSB Recreation Department where he continues to provide instruction, experiment and grow as an artist.

His current work centers on functional vessels for the home, including dinnerware, unique vases and handmade sinks. He exhibits his work throughout California and in private collections across the United States. Dane’s glazes reflect a sense of movement, depth and color related to abstract expressionism. Each piece is different, yet connected to a common theme. In his own words, “My development as an artist is an evolution of forms and surfaces. Through working and reworking of forms, I gain an intuitive sense of control. Through submitting these forms to the fire, I make the leap into the unknown. The best work is born of the process. Successful pieces have a life of their own, a presence that is undeniable and enduring.”

Fiber Arts Instructor: Julia Ford

Julia studied textile design in her native land, England. She moved to the USA and received her MFA at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.  Her work has been widely exhibited and collected in the United States and Europe, and featured in many Art and Craft books.  She has over 35 years experience working in the field, as an artist, teacher and antique restorer.  She enjoys teaching fiber arts to all ages, and currently shares her knowledge, skills and love of the textile medium with the UCSB’s GauchoREC program, the Acorn Gathering and private classes. As a teacher, Julia’s goal is to inspire a lifetime of artistic self-expression through the simplicity of sustainable textile handcrafts.