I teach the Thursday morning advanced wheel throwing class (10am-1pm) at Sarasota Clay Company. As of March 2022, there are available slots. Please call the studio to register: (941)359-2773.
Pattern Play (with Jen Allen)
May 2022, Arrowmont School of Crafts
Come play with us! This workshop will focus on translating two dimensional patterns to three dimensional forms. Students will learn aspects of pattern making and are encouraged to bring a collection of pattern images that are inspiring to them. We will make tools to apply patterns to clay slabs and wheel thrown cylinders and create templates/ bisque molds that have patterns already integrated in them. Students will learn how to carve patterns with ease and will learn how to achieve purposeful mark making and varied line quality. They will also learn how to choose slips and glazes that accentuate texture. Participants will leave with a couple of glazed pieces, some bisqueware and a handful of tools to add to their toolbox. Some clay experience is helpful but not necessary.
Finding Inspiration in Your Cultural Heritage
July 1-2, 2022, POT, Los Angeles, CA **CANCELED**
July 8-10, 2022, Clay by the Bay, San Francisco, CA **CANCELED**
August 5-9, Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, Maplecrest, NY
In this workshop, we will study images of historical ceramics from our own cultural backgrounds to inspire our work. If you don't know your exact heritage, it is okay to pull from the general region or content you think you may have descended from. Using the wheel, we will create articulated forms that speak to our heritage and advance our personal expression. We will also use our research of historical forms as a window into the past, to learn about the values and practices of our ancestors. Techniques covered will include combining wheel thrown elements to create more complex forms, using various stages of clay plasticity to increase volume and accentuate proportions, spout and handle review, and surface design with an emphasis on geometric patterning.
April 1-2, 2023, Harvard Ceramics, Allston, MA
Artist as Entrepreneur (Virtual)
Saturday, March 5th, Online
Let's adjust our attitudes around money and figure out ways to thrive as artists in an increasingly demanding economy. I'll be sharing my approach to selling pots and running a pottery business with lots of time for Q&A. I'll cover social media marketing, shop drops, retail vs. wholesale and how to choose in-person events wisely. Sign up: https://kalastein.thinkific.com/courses/Osa-Entrepreneur
Don't Overthink It: Making a Classic Coffee Cup (Online)
May 2020, Companion GalleryAfter resisting the "regular" coffee cup form form for years, Osa Atoe realized
Terracotta Textures: Handbuilding with Clay
Saturday January 29, 2020
10am-4pm Sarasota Clay Company This workshop will be divided into two sections. For the first half of the class, we’ll expand the possibilities of pinch pots by using them to create a hand built teapot. In the second half of the class, we will make our own clay stamps and use them to create fun, personalized textures while slab building. No previous clay experience is necessary. Sign up here.
Thrown & Altered
Handbuilding with Clay
There’s nothing like handbuilding with clay to teach you to slow down and be grounded in the moment. In this weekly class, we will learn the three basic techniques of handbuilding: pinching, coil building and slab building. We will apply and combine these skills to create functional ceramics such as mugs, bowls, pitchers and serving pieces. The class may also be used as an open studio to work on the project of your choice. All materials and tools will be provided. No previous clay experience necessary.
Each session is four weeks long. $50 to sign up. $225 per session for new students, $175 per session for returning students.
Throw Me Something, 257 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Studio potter and teaching artist Osa Atoe explores all things lumpy, bumpy, and smooth with terra cotta clay. Children will use artist-quality tools to carve a stamp to create geometric patterns on hand-built clay vessels. Workshops will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Knock Knock Museum, 1900 Dalrymple Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Handbuilding with Clay: Making Unique Terracotta Planters
January & February 2018
Hello, clay lovers! In this class, we will be making our own decorative tools and then using them to hand build. We will create bisque stamps from clay that will help us to create personalized and unique textures and patterns on clay slabs and then use the slabs to make plant pots. We’ll have a small selection of succulents available on the last day of class for you to plant in your new pots. All skill levels welcome.
The Journey Lab, 731 Franklin Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70806 United State