In the fall of 2021, Arbutus Folk School began offering open studio time dedicated to and led by BIPOC artists and community members (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) with ceramicist Mariella Luz. Since the summer of 2022, the class has been led by instructor Hyung Mo Chu, who brings unique expertise in handbuilding and is currently the Arbutus Folk School ceramics artist-in-residence.
In the fall of 2022, we updated the class model with participant and instructor feedback to deepen learning by replacing single-session drop-in classes with extended classes meeting over multiple weeks. This new model allows students to complete a series of projects and build new skills over time.
This class is open to anyone who would like to participate, and is offered at no cost to participants thanks to the leadership of a small group of local ceramicists, the generosity of thirty regional artists who contributed to a special fundraising auction, and the support of dozens of donors as well as the Nisqually Indian Tribe and the Washington State Arts Commission. Thank you!
You can help this program continue and grow by earmarking a donation here. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity to members of the South Sound community by sharing on your social media and through word of mouth.
To participate, please register through our course catalog here. We are asking that students who complete a 5- or 6-week class allow others to participate once they have taken their turn. We also ask that students who enroll in a class bring a high level of commitment to attend each session in the series and stay for the duration of each class.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-350-0187.