Clay Workshop

Coil-Building Sculptural Vessels – Indigenous American Techniques
A Two-Day Workshop with Kopali Serna
May 11 | 10:00am– 5:00pm & May 15 | 4:00 – 7:00pm
This class is for intermediate/advanced potters, not beginners
Tuition $350 | Materials Fee $25
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


Coil-Building Sculptural Vessels
Indigenous American Techniques

Pottery making is an expression of one’s personal story as an art form.  In this class Serna will share intermediate methods for coil pot building based on indigenous American techniques using studio materials to support the student’s personal expression.

Students will be encouraged to build pieces that are both functional and decorative and to learn some basic methods for altering or adding basic sculptural elements to their pieces. Students will choose 1-3 functional forms to hand build using coiling, scraping, ribbing, and paddling. To finish their pieces, students will get a basic introduction to indigenous techniques for pottery decoration including the use of slips, stains, and burnishing.

Day One – Saturday, May 11th, 10am–6pm | 7 hours of hand-building instruction and creating with clay; 1 hour break for lunch

Day Two – Wednesday, May 15th,  4–7pm | 3 hours to integrate creative process and storytelling elements

(Optional) Sharing session when works are finished.  Details TBD with class members.

Kopali Serna is an Otomí artist, born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and now living in Nehalem. She creates pottery as a way of connecting to her ancestral cosmology and to the elements of life – earth, water, fire, and air.

Serna formally studied at the Escuela Nacional de Ceramica in Jalisco, Mexico, and has perfected her craft as a studio artist.  Her pieces often explore the setting of the ‘ofrenda’ – the offering – whether it be the ceremonial offering or the daily ritual of sharing food on the table. Her process involves making vessels through both wheel-throwing and hand-building and often adding sculptural elements.

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  •  May 11, 2024
     10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  •  May 15, 2024
     4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

May 11 and 15–Coil-Building Sculptural Vessels – Indigenous American Techniques
A Two-Day Workshop with Kopali Serna


594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.