Ceramics for the Community

by Nicole Cheslock
(Tahoe Vista)

Sierra College Insights presents Impressions in Clay. It's going to be a fun Friday night - I hope you'll join me!

WHAT: Ceramics professor Melanie Frakes will delve into the slab method. Each participants designs his / her own mug. Open to all ages from mature teens to seniors.

WHERE: Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee Campus

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. refreshments and socializing, 7 p.m. program, October 12, 2012

COST: Free. (Donations welcome.)

WHY: Interactive, entertaining, fun alcohol free Friday night

Please call (530) 550-2290 to reserve a place. *Only 10 spaces left!

More information: Sierra College Insights is an interactive educational monthly event series designed for inquisitive adults and teens. Frakes will demonstrate slab construction technique in the ceramics studio. Slab can be used to make the most basic to the most complex forms. Attendees will gain hands-on experience in the technique that has been used around the world for thousands of years as they make their own clay cup.

Frakes is a ceramic instructor at Sierra College. She has also taught art classes at Indiana University and College of the Redwoods. During the summer months she works as a Wilderness Ranger in the Desolation
Wilderness. She received her BFA from CSU Long Beach and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Frakes loves spending time experimenting in the studio and exploring the local mountains.

The program begins with complimentary socializing and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by the hands on creative cup building at 7 p.m. Sierra College Insights series is offered at no cost, however
donations are encouraged. Space is limited to the fist 25 people who RSVP by calling (530) 550-2290. RSVP by leaving a message with your name, phone number and the number in your party.

"A hallmark of Sierra College's Insights is interactivity. Incredible people in our community have been hand picked to share their expertise in an engaging and educational way that will appeal to many ages," explains Bateman. "We are especially fortunate to have excellent instructors on the Tahoe-Truckee campus and in October welcome our ceramics professor, Melanie Frakes to Sierra College Insights."

The next Sierra College Insights program is Circuit Basics and includes creating an LED flashlight with Claudio Bravo on Nov 9.

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