Studio Sale at La Haye Art Center & Alley Gallery

Spring Studio Sale, May 2019

Join me for an expansive studio sale to help support my international teaching and residency this summer! Exquisite ceramics and museum quality pieces, as well as samples and seconds, will be for sale at incredible prices. In company with La Haye artists Jim Callahan, Beverly Prevost, Brigitte McReynolds, and Stacia Brady, together we celebrate 40 years at LaHaye! Web sales and shipping will be available for those who cannot attend the sale, contact Kala for arrangements. Located at La Haye Art Center, 148 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.

Thursday May 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Friday May 3, 11am-5pm

Saturday May 4, 11am-5pm and by appointment (

Kala to teach ceramics in JINGDEZHEN, the porcelain capital of China July 8th - 26th, 2019

Set up shop in the private Menlo Studio for the second annual summer ceramics intensive led by Kala Stein. Participants will be given the tasks of responding to Jingdezhen and exploring the intersection of art, design, and production at the handmade. Kala will lead group projects to initiate experimental learning centered on investigations into the physical and conceptual nuances of making with porcelain in the extraordinary setting of Jingdezhen, the Porcelain Capitol City.

In addition to the studio classroom experience with Kala, participants will have the chance to learn through demonstrations by master blue and white painters, mold makers, and other artists and artisans living in Jingdezhen, both foreign and local.

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Off to Italy: Kala to teach at La Meridiana School Of Ceramics May 26th - June 5th, 2019

Respond to culture, place, and tools to develop work that explores the intersection of design, production, and the handmade. Focusing on pots and vessels, Kala will lead projects to initiate experimental learning combining studio techniques and exposure to historic Italian ceramic traditions.

In the studio, Kala will demonstrate techniques for making, introducing new ways to think through the ceramic process. Along with concentrated studio time, the workshop will strike a balance between the pleasures of the Tuscan region with cultural and creative exploration. This workshop offers excursions and experiences to inspire our creative spirits: a cooking class and dinner with renowned Tuscan Chef Lucia Zucconi, Certaldo alto, Siena and a day trip to the town of Volterra where we will see the elegant to extravagant vessels of the Etruscan culture. 

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Kala to teach at Sonoma Community Center, March 23rd & 24th 2019, Sonoma, CA

Intro To Mold Making & Slip Casting

Join Kala for an pottery class at the Sonoma Community Center and learn how to make a one-part drop out mold for slip casting or press molding.

Kala will teach you how to design and make plaster and clay models for a cup, bowl or small tray form, mix plaster, and make a one part ‘drop-out’ mold. Lectures will cover the etiquette of working with plaster in a community studio, proper plaster mixing, how to “read” undercuts and determine what is an appropriate design for a plaster mold.

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OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, 3/15, 5pm-8pm in conjunction with the National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts.
This group of artists, Seth Payne, Mathew Karas, Thomas Schmidt, and Kala Stein, AU MFA Alumni 2009, reunited at Maryland Instituite College of Art (Baltimore) in May 2017 for a National Endowment for the Arts supported studio research residency. The Terracotta CoLab exhibition shows select work and prototypes made during and following the residency.

VISIT: Casey Droege Cultural Productions, 937 Liberty Ave, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


Kala to teach at Anderson Ranch Art Center, June 19-30, 2017, Snowmass, CO

Mold Making: systems & surfaces – C0304-17

Date: Jun 19 - 30, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All

Instructor(s): Giselle Hicks & Kala Stein


Discover the relationship between surface pattern design and dimensional forms as it relates to the ceramics craft. Whether casting a functional piece or hand building an abstract sculpture, molds are found in most ceramic studios. They can take on many different forms, and be made of many different materials. Plaster has the ability to capture minute details such as lines, marks and textures. In this workshop, the instructors introduce systems of prototyping and mold making.

Media & Techniques:

We explore mold making techniques applicable to tile, vessels, sculpture and beyond. Instructors demonstrate making one-, two- and multi-part slip casting and press molds, as well as modular mold systems. Students explore mixing and pouring plaster and casting slip, plus approaches to press molding with attention to decorative and textural surfaces. We examine high-touch surface options including mishima, sgraffito, applique and embossing.


We engage in daily demonstrations, slide lectures, group discussions and work in the studio.


Giselle Hicks is the Studio Coordinator of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch. She received her M.F.A. from Alfred University. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. She is the Director of Ceramics at Sonoma Community Center in California. Kala received her B.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz and her M.F.A. from Alfred University.

DISCOVERED, Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA

Discovered:  Emerging Visual Artists of Sonoma County
Opening Reception:  January 21, 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates:  January 24 – March 18

Produced by Creative Sonoma and the Petaluma Arts Center, five Sonoma County artists are being recognized through the fourth annual “Discovered:  Emerging Artists from Sonoma County” program. The five winners reflect the tremendous diversity of the county’s visual arts community in genre, style and philosophy.  Yet, they share several common themes.  These works explore a culture that has less to do with the intrinsic value of things, and more to do with providing a felt experience.

“The Discovered program is a great vehicle to shine a spotlight on some of the individual artists in our county whose work hasn’t yet received well deserved recognition,” said Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.  “Receiving this award will be an important credential for all of these artists as they move their career forward in Sonoma County or beyond.”

The winners were selected through a highly competitive process.  Initial recommendations were made for 80 artists to participate leading to 46 applications which were juried down to 12 finalists.  Jurors made site visits to the studios of all finalists and selected the 5 winners.

“The immense diversity of subject matter, medium and insights for the many exceptional artists living and working in Sonoma County is simply astounding. From concern and respect for the natural world, to gender politics, technology and beauty, the quality is very exciting.”

This program is made possible by The Artist Awards Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation Sonoma County which was created by more than 50 donors from 2007-2011 with support from the James Irvine Foundation.


Kala Stein

Jenny Harp

Catherine Sieck

Dayana Leon

Jaynee Watson



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