Esther Shimazu Workshop

Open House and Slide Show, Friday, April 20th, 2018 from 7 to 9pm. Location, TBD
Workshop: Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 between 10am to 4pm
Citrus College Ceramics Classroom

Esther Shimazu will be demonstrating her techniques in soft slab ceramic sculpture workshop. Day one will concentrate on digits (hands and feet). Day two will concentrate on body parts and if time allows, body assemblage.

Esther Shimazu is a Japanese American sculptor who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1957. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa before transferring to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1980 and a Master of Fine Art in 1982 She is best known for her stoneware sculptures of bald, nude chunky Asian women constructed with hand building techniques. They are colored with slips and oxides, bisque-fired, hand-sanded, and colored further with rubbed-in and airbrushed oxides. Then they are fired to cone 5-6 oxidation and sanded one last time.

She received a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award, 2001, and an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Hawaii State Foundation on
Culture and the Arts, 1995. Her work is published in 2009 and 2013 in Lark Books, 500 Ceramic Figures; 2008 and 2016 John Natsoulas Press.

A Master Ceramic Artist, she has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, NC; The Clay Studio, MT; University of Montana; Montana State University; Lillstreet Art Center, IL; University of Oregon; Santa Fe Clay; Iowa State University; Armory Art Center, FL; Anderson Ranch, CO; Idyllwild Summer Program, CA; Hawaii Potters’ Guild, HI; Donkey Mill Art Center, HI; San Francisco State University; Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC.


Workshop Fees: Because of space considerations, this workshop is limited to 12 people. The fees include a 25-pound bag of B-Mix with Grog. They are $125 for ACS SoCA, VCPG and CASD members, $175 for non-members, $60 for students with proof of current minimum enrollment of 6 units. You will receive an email confirmation when your signed form and check is received. Checks will not be cashed until after the workshop. Expired ACS So CA workshop certificates will not be honored. If you have questions about the workshop, email Celeste at or call at 818-599-4233.


Pot Luck Lunch: Please bring a dish to feed 6 people. If your last name begins with A to G bring your dish
Saturday and if you last name starts with H to Z, bring your dish Sunday.


Make your checks to ACS-DC with EShimazuWksp in the note section and mail with this form to:
Eileen Branda, 8945 McLennan Avenue, Northridge, CA 91343


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