The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is best known for its ceramics classes and was excited to bring a guest ceramicist to Molokai to present a two-day workshop. On August 23 and 24, 2019, Claire Seastone led a “Throwing and Surface Decoration Workshop” for adults with basic knowledge of working on the potter’s wheel.
On the first day, participants were on the potter’s wheel throwing and making functional forms like cups, mugs, bowls, and pitchers. On the second day, the students dove into learning surface treatment sgraffito, inlay, slip trailing, decoration and carving.
Claire has been working with clay for 22 years making functional and sculptural work in porcelain and stoneware. She has taught and worked in various clay studios in Montana, Oregon, Italy, and Hawai`i. A deep love of the natural world is a major influence in her work. Her time spent outdoors serves as inspiration in her pieces, and she strives to convey in her work some of the subtle grace and vitality inherent in objects of the natural world.
Claire strives to to bring objects of beauty into the rituals of daily life to enrich people’s lives. Her current home in Kona, Hawai`i provides an endless supply of natural wonders to contemplate and enjoy.
“First and foremost I am a potter. I consider it a privilege to make ceramic work that finds its way into people’s homes and daily rituals, holding food, drink, flowers, or light.” -Claire Seastone