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Summer Workshops:
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August 12th & 13th

10:00am to 4:00pm

Getting Down with Slab Building 

A 2-day workshop led by the celebrated ceramic sculptor:


Former NYC singer/songwriter turned accomplished ceramic artist, Sheryl Zacharia, leads this hands-on, 2 day workshop on the art of slab building with clay. Sheryl will demonstrate an array of slab building techniques that she has mastered to create her remarkable ceramic sculptures. She will also include demonstrations of the surface techniques she employs that include the use of terra sigalatta, oxides, underglaze and glaze to accent and enhance textures and forms. If you are somewhat experienced in clay and interested in slab building this is a wonderful opportunity to have a fun weekend while learning  from one of the best. Workshop fee includes clay. 

$395 / Participant (Limited to eight!) A bag lunch is suggested.

LOVED BY ALL! Thank you Sheryl!

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Sheryl Zacharia was born and raised in the New York area and lived in Manhattan until relocating to Santa Fe in 2015. At Southhampton College, she majored in painting but spent many years pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter. She performed in the NYC club circuit for over 10 years and is a published songwriter.
     Missing her visual arts roots, she began working in clay which started her on new artistic path. In 2011 she completed an eight month extended residency at The Museum o
f Arts and Design in NYC. She has been published in national magazines and books including  Ceramics Monthly. Her work is held in corporate, museum, and private collections throughout the US.
    Sheryl has exhibited throughout the Southwest and is represented by several prominent galleries. She has been on the faculties of Greenwich House Pottery in NYC, The Art School at Old Church in Demarest NJ, The West Side Y in NYC, and has taught numerous workshops including Harvard Ceramics, Kingsborough College, The Clay Art Center in Port Chester NY, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu NM and most recently at Santa Fe Community College.

August 19th & 20th

10:00am to 4:00pm

Creating Figurative Sculpture 

A 2-day workshop led by the renowned Santa Fe sculptor:

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This workshop will be an extraordinary opportunity to learn the basic techniques of sculpting, taught by one of the finest figurative clay sculptors in the US, Kristine Poole. In this workshop, participants will learn techniques for hollow building a 60% life scale, partial figure in water-based clay. Focus will be on constructing, then refining structures and features of the torso and head. Demonstrations will be detailed but efficient to allow for as much time as possible to give one-on-one interaction and technical assistance, as well as providing plenty of time for participants to work on their own sculptures. For early birds, Kristine has planned a Sunday morning Bonus session that is sure to be fun and informative. Some experience in clay required. We are very excited to have Kristine here for this workshop at the TCC! Workshop fee includes 25lbs of clay. 

$435 / Participant (Limited to eight!) A bag lunch is suggested.



Balancing classical inspiration with contemporary expressive realism, Kristine Poole’s work highlights the beauty and inherent narrative qualities of the human form. Developed on the timeless fundamentals of anatomy and attention to detail, her clay and bronze figurative sculptures feature diverse themes that open doors to conversation.

     Winner of the 2023 IBA Grand Prize and the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize Yasha Young Projects Sculpture category, Kristine’s sculptures have also garnered awards in competitions including The National Sculpture Society, Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and The Art Renewal Center’s International Art Salon. Her sculpture has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Beautiful Bizarre, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, Masters of Contemporary Fine Art, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Ireland, 500 Figures in Clay, American Art Collector, and Art Ltd. Kristine has been commissioned to create works ranging from the petite to monumental for various public and private collectors including The Carnegie Library in Michigan, Spectrum, The Denver Comic Con, The NM Department of Game and Fish, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northern NM. She has received numerous invited artist residency grants including Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and Buffalo Creek Art Center.

     Recognizing the potential for the arts to enlighten and shift perspectives, Kristine has long been a dedicated proponent of encouraging creativity in others. As such, she is a monthly contributor to the Fantastic Art blog, Muddy Colors, and frequently gives demonstrations and lectures on art and business, most recently at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Las Cruces Art Museum, The Goggleworks and the Santa Fe Community College. She is also the co-founder of the Spectrum Rising Star Award, which recognizes an emerging new voice in the field of Imaginative Realism each year.

In 2019, Kristine was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award 27 years after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture from Northern Michigan University. She currently lives in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains overlooking Santa Fe, frequently collaborating on sculpture projects with her husband, Colin Poole.

August 26th & 27th

10:00am to 4:00pm

Converting an old electric kiln to a low-fire soda kiln,
then firing it!

A 2-day workshop led by

the incomparable:


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn how to build and fire a low-fire soda kiln! In this hands-on workshop we will be dismantling an old electric kiln and converting it to a propane gas-fired soda kiln. The kiln will be fired to Cone 3, then a soda solution will be sprayed in to do its magic on your pottery. The first day will involve working on the kiln, the second on glazing and firing. On day two, while the soda kiln is firing, we will also have time to fire some pieces in another exciting low-fire atmosphere – Raku! So bring several bisque-fired pieces for both the soda and the Raku kiln – it’ll be great fun! A selection of slips and glazes will be available for use for both the low-fire soda and Raku firings, but you must bring your own bisque-ware made from a clay body rated for ^6 or higher.

$375 / Participant. A bag lunch is suggested.




Lee received a B.F.A. from the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio in 1975 and a M.F.A. in Ceramics in 1986 from Southern Methodist University. He has taught ceramics at the college level for more than 40 years and is currently an instructor at UNM, Taos, and the Taos Ceramics Center. Over the years, Lee has taught hundreds of classes and workshops on all aspects of the ceramic arts. His students and peers consider him to be among the most knowledgeable and accomplished instructors in New Mexico. His work has been featured in ceramic magazines and publications, including Ceramics Monthly.


September 2nd and 3rd
10:00am to 4:00pm

Ancient Pottery Techniques with Native Clay

An extraordinary 2-day workshop with two of the area's best...

Carl Gray Witkop and

Bernadette Track


This wonderful workshop will work with the native micaceous clay long used by Pueblo and other Native American potters to make pots using traditional coil building techniques and using the hemisphere puki technique. Each participant will receive 5 pounds of native micaceous clay, with the option of purchasing more. Processing of the clay will be demonstrated so that any clay collected can be processed at home by the participants. An optional field trip to the clay pits (date TBD) will be available for an additional $25.) Bernadette will give all a glimpse into the traditional ways Pueblo potters think about clay gathering and potting and about cooking with micaceous clay pots. An optional pit-fire to be held at Carl’s place in Pilar (date TBD) will be available to all participants for an additional $25. 

$395/Participant for 2-days, (5 pounds of native micaceous clay included)




Carl Gray Witkop began working with clay as a child. His mother was a sculptor, painter and ceramic artist. He taught himself techniques based on Native American and neolithic European traditions beginning in 1968 after seeing Highland Maya potters working in Guatemala, while majoring in anthropology at Colorado State University. Accidental effects during pit firing led to the first horsehair firing in the early seventies. With his first wife, Mary Blake Witkop, he devised a variation of coil-building stemming from the Pueblo use of a puki for forming vessels. Introduced to Taos / Picuris micaceous clay in the late seventies, Carl and Mary worked with Bernadette Track, some of her family members, and with other potters to learn the magical properties of that clay. Since then, Carl has continued to develop traditional and novel firing methods.


Bernadette Track learned the art of potting from her grandmother. She studied potting at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Bernadette was thinking of taking up potting as a serious endeavor when she chanced to meet Mary in 1976, who encouraged her. As her work progressed, Bernadett became one of the principals in the revival of Taos Pueblo potting along with family members, a friend, and other artists. As Pueblo culinary traditions were one of Bernadette’s passions, she found that micaceous clay vessels were indispensable, so she followed the tradition of creating bean pots and other items from that clay. Bernadette, with sisters Soj, Doll, and Maxine, her mother sculptor Geronima Track, her aunt Juanita DuBray, and friend Henrietta Gomez, worked to introduce the idea that micaceous clay could be used as an artistic medium, not limited to functional ware. Bernadette taught Pueblo pottery at UNM for several years. The extraordinarily generous sharing of her knowledge of Pueblo potting has inspired artists of various backgrounds.



Please fill out the information below to register for our Workshops or  WaitList. Once submitted, you will be placed in line for any cancellations we receive. If we do have an opening (and it does happen more often than you might think) we will contact you immediately and you will have 24 hours to respond before we go to the next in line.


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