Location: West Elm Albany
Coming in January!
To Be Announced Soon
Adult Class. Space is limited.
Experience the most mystical pigment on this earth. You will learn the (simplified) organic chemistry behind this robust botanical dye. With a kinetic understanding, you certainly will fall in love and embrace the term "indigo white" and why it means everything to the way this dye molecule is truly one of a kind.
While elbow deep in the dye vat, I will also share some history behind this plant. Land challenged, laws made and broken, risks taken, it's value and why Indigo has been going strong for about 1,600 years. My small book collection will be available to look at during the class for any questions you might have.
Traditional Japanese printmaking resist techniques such as Shibori [meaning: to wring, squeeze, press] and Katazome with rice paste will be demonstrated as well as dip dyeing for soft blends.
Please bring up to  clean small items such as a dish towel, napkin, scarf or pillowcase that you would like dyed and walk away with a tote as my gift to encourage less plastic in our landfills.
*Personal note: the garment shown in this image is made from my small batch indigo grown in Central New York this past summer.
Did you like making mud pies...or do you secretly squish
your hands in mud, bread dough and/or playdough? It’s okay if you do because I proudly admit I like it. Whether you want to have at it on the wheel or roll, coil or pinch clay to submission have we got some programs for you!
By the time I reached middle school I really wanted to learn the wheel. I loved it so much that my dad made me my first wheel and I owned a small kiln. During my time in Berkeley, CA I became a member to a really amazing community studio that forever influenced how well studios should run. Moving back to NYC I taught beginning potters so that after little over an hour they could walk away with a treasure thrown on the wheel. If the wheel seems intimidating, you prefer to sit at a table with clay, or legs and back might limit this activity, handbuilding has a huge place in my heart. It reigns with technical simplicity and exudes a charm not often found on the wheel.