Handbuilt Ceramic Shelves/Altars Workshop

Handbuilt Ceramic Shelves/Altars Workshop w/visiting artist, Celina Roseman Stilphen at Ilwaco Artworks Community Clay Studio, 2-6p. $75/person.

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Learn how to handbuild a ceramic shelf or altar to hold your beloved trinkets and treasures. This class is beginner friendly and will teach you the basics of using slab building techniques. All tools, clay, glaze and firings will be provided.

Celina Roseman is a ceramic artist and teacher living in Portland, OR, on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Drawing upon her love of the natural world, textures, shapes, she creates one-of-a-kind handbuilt ceramics. Each piece is created with slow and thoughtful intention rather than produced quickly like a machine. Similar to nature, her style is imperfect, raw, abstract, and unpredictable. She hopes her art provides you with feelings of connection to Mother Earth and inspires you to take care of this planet and its people.

Ilwaco Artworks 109 1st Ave N Ilwaco, WA

Handbuilt Ceramic Shelves/Altars Workshop

Handbuilt Ceramic Shelves/Altars Workshop w/visiting artist, Celina Roseman Stilphen at Ilwaco Artworks Community Clay Studio, 2-6p. $75/person.

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Learn how to handbuild a ceramic shelf or altar to hold your beloved trinkets and treasures. This class is beginner friendly and will teach you the basics of using slab building techniques. All tools, clay, glaze and firings will be provided.

Celina Roseman is a ceramic artist and teacher living in Portland, OR, on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Drawing upon her love of the natural world, textures, shapes, she creates one-of-a-kind handbuilt ceramics. Each piece is created with slow and thoughtful intention rather than produced quickly like a machine. Similar to nature, her style is imperfect, raw, abstract, and unpredictable. She hopes her art provides you with feelings of connection to Mother Earth and inspires you to take care of this planet and its people.

Ilwaco Artworks 109 1st Ave N Ilwaco, WA

Clay Foods: Making Favorite Meals Workshop

Clay Foods: Making Favorite Meals Workshop w/visiting artist, Kate Thornhill at Ilwaco Artworks Community Clay Studio, 2-6p. For ages 16+. $76/person.

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Delve into sculpting your favorite foods while exploring ceramic hand building foundations. From pizza to sushi, cheeseburgers to cupcakes, indulge in the art of clay sculpting with guidance from visiting artist, Kate Thornhill. Learn essential techniques such as slipping and scoring, strengthening clay joints, using underglazes, templates, and preparing sculptures for the kiln. No experience required – just bring your inner child and an appetite for learning!

Kate Thornhill, a ceramic artist, academic librarian, and dedicated ceramics teaching artist, calls Eugene, Oregon home. With a solid educational foundation in fine arts, art history, and library and information science, Kate’s expertise shines through when sharing and making with others. When not immersed in her librarian duties at the University of Oregon, Kate is busy igniting creative sparks in both adults and children through her pottery and ceramic classes at Maude Kerns Art Center and Wildling Collaborative Arts. Specializing in guiding adults taking their first steps into ceramics or reigniting their passion for clay, Kate brings playfulness into all her classrooms, sparking and spending time with our inner kids.

Ilwaco Artworks 109 1st Ave N Ilwaco, WA

Introduction to Hand Brooms Workshop

Introduction to Hand Brooms workshop with visiting artist, Sarah Benson at The Sou’wester Lodge Pavilion, 2-6p. For ges 16+. $60/person.

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Learn to weave your own turkey wing and hawk’s tail hand broom in this introductory, hands-on class. We will discuss the tools, materials, and techniques for crafting beautiful and functional brooms that will have you sweeping out the corners in style. Open to all beginners. Please be aware that broom making is a physical task and moderate hand strength is recommended.

Sarah Benson is the founder and face behind Sun Bunny Studio based in Seattle, Washington. She has a background in fiber arts and began weaving brooms in earnest while homesteading in the San Juan Islands. When not crafting, she works at a local non-profit working on housing and food insecurity. Follow along on Instagram @sunbunnystudio for behind the scenes on broom making, handcrafts, and a little bit of whimsy.

The Sou’wester Lodge 3728 J Pl Seaview, WA

Raku Class: Obvara & Traditional Methods

8/10 Raku Class: Obvara & Traditional Methods

8/10. $45. 10a-1p w/Hans Miles & Thandi Rosenbaum.

Option one: Pick up 2lbs of raku clay at the studio any time, build your pieces at home and then drop your work off at the studio to be bisqued by Aug 1st. Then, join us for the raku fire, August 10th, 10a-1p where we will glaze and fire your pieces and they will be ready to take home that day. Basic tools kits are also for sale in the studio.

Option two: Just join us on Aug 10th, 10a-1p and choose a pre-made and bisqued piece to be glazed and fired and taken home that day! Please select an option from the drop-down menu.

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Live Music: Ezza Rose

Live Music: Ezza Rose

8/17/2024 FREE AND OPEN TO ALL at The Sou’wester Lodge

Since 2009, Ezza Rose and band has been cultivating a sound of their own. Drawing on several influences from the likes of Mazzy Star, Patti Smith, and their residency in Portland, ERB writes and performs music which reflects the listeners’ lives back at them while hinting at a new perspective. The fluidity of love, the ebb and flow of relationships, and getting caught in the machine of expectations, all are deconstructed with flowy rhythm, aggressive electric guitars, and dreamy vocal melodies. Ezza is excited to strip these songs down to their roots and perform for you acoustic this evening! She is currently working on a solo acoustic record to be released fall 2024. 
 
“More electrified and slightly more ominous than the simple, lilting sound she previously established, this is Rose at her best so far.” – Willamette Week
 
“…an intense studio album with a sudden and unexpected beauty.” – Oregon Music News
 
“Her beautifully delicate, mournfully classic voice floats amongst the loosely bound, misty particles in the air and our minds and fills the cracks with a sound that’s chilling and comforting, all at once.” – Vortex Music Magazine
 
“Ezza’s singer/songwriting talents push on. Her voice is consistently smooth and clear, ethereal, and from the gut.” – ElevenPDX

Film Screening: Always Moving / Magical in Motion By LAURA HEIT + MONA HUNEIDI

Always Moving / Magical in Motion By LAURA HEIT + MONA HUNEIDI

  • OPENING FILM SCREENING 6/16/24
  • FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
  • FILM WILL BE SCREENING DAILY 11a & 4p or by request with the front desk

“I am interested in everything that is opaque, that which takes place in secret and behind curtains or in the shadows. My aim is not to make clear or justify, rather I aim to watch/show as if in a dream. My work focuses on the minutiae of human behavior, obsessive habits, arduous matters of the heart, betrayal, espionage and inexplicable phenomenon. These themes are the impetus and the architecture that builds the sets, the mise en scene and the characters I create. 

I use wood, glass, transparencies, wire weaves, paper dolls, found objects, doll parts, shadows, tea leaves and texture to create space and the characters that inhabit it. I believe that everyday articles are curious when taken out of context and that still objects, no matter how pedestrian, are magical in motion.”  —  MONA HUNEIDI

Always Moving / Magical in Motion features the stop-motion, live-action puppetry, hand drawing and computer animation in the short films of artists Laura Heit and Mona Huneidi. Sometimes fantastical, sometimes abstract, sometimes in orbit, these films visualize the things we cannot see, fears, hypothetical stars, moments inside catastrophes, and the future. On view at The Sou’Wester’s Red Bus Microcinema, 3728 J Place, Seaview, WA, June – September,  2024, with screenings at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. A special closing event attended by filmmaker Laura Heit will take place in September. More details to come.

Laura Heit is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives and works in Portland Oregon. Her work has been exhibited and screened in the US and abroad, at venues including Track 16 (Los Angeles, CA), Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID), Adams and Ollman (Portland, OR), The Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), The Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland OR), She Works Flexible (Houston, TX), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), MoMA (NYC, NY), Millennium Film (NYC, NY), Pompidou (Paris, France), TBA Festival (Portland, OR), the Guggenheim Museum (NYC, NY), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, CA), and Detroit Institute of the Arts (Detroit, MI) among others. Her grants include; 2016 Oregon Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, Artist Project Grant Regional Arts & Culture Council including the 2014 Innovation Award, The British Council, and the MacDowell Colony. She has previously held positions at PNCA as chair of Animated Arts, SAIC, and Cal Arts where she was co-director of the Experimental Animation Department. Her book Animators Sketchbooks was published in 2013 by Thames and Hudson. 

Mona Huneidi is an animator/filmmaker who was born and raised in Kuwait. She went to primary schools in Lebanon and Kuwait and arrived in the US in 1980 to pursue her education. She holds a BFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. She worked as an assistant producer for television productions in Kuwait in the late 80s and early 90s. Upon returning to the US, she joined the pre-production team at Imago Theatre working as a puppeteer, a dramaturg, prop master and a set dresser. She earned a Drammy award in 2004 for the projection design on the play Missing Mona. She writes, creates and produces her own animated films, which have been shown locally at Performance Works Northwest, Imago Theatre Cabaret and PCC’s Art Week. Her work has also been screened internationally at  Festival Du Cinéma Bruxelles, Festival De Cine Internacional De Barcelona, Animacam Online Animation Festival Galicia, and the Cannes Short Film Festival.     

Curated by Nikki Cormaci

Live Music: Lê Almeida & Melanie Radford

Lê Almeida & Melanie Radford: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

Melanie Radford:
 
As a professional bassist of multiple genres, Melanie has performed and toured across the United States, Europe, Australia, and Brazil, most notably with the 90’s indie rock band Built to Spill as well as her riff-heavy, post-riot grrrl outfit, Blood Lemon. While she became known as the bassist who brought infectious, head-banging energy to these bands, her solo work is a separate and distinctive energy altogether.
 
Conceptualized while touring extensively and needing to find an undisturbed space for herself, Melanie began writing her solo material as a love letter to the bass guitar, rooted in drone, delicate minimalism, and textural field recordings that were collected in her travels.
 
Currently working on her solo album, Melanie will be performing at Sou’wester, showcasing a sample of new material and collaborations with her partner, Almeida
 
Almeida is the mastermind of an unlikely and noisy indie scene that emerged in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro in the early 2000s. A prolific producer initially labeled as lo-fi, he was called the “Brazilian answer to Robert Pollard” in a report by The Guardian. His sound has incorporated elements of krautrock, free jazz, afrobeat, hip hop and Brazilian music.
 
Oruã, his main band, was formed in 2016 and from 2018 onwards began to tour, promoting his first albums recorded at Escritório on old cassette tapes. In 2018 Almeida left Brazil for the first time, playing drums with Built to Spill in Chile and with Oruã in Uruguay. He joined Built to Spill in 2018 for the band’s first shows in South America and then traveled between the United States and Europe, performing more than 130 shows with them, half opening with Oruã. He played drums, co-produced, and co-mixed Built to Spill’s latest release, When the Wind Forgets Your Name (2022, Sub Pop Records).

Kids Clay Art Camps

SUMMER CAMP IS NOW FULL PLEASE EMAIL SOUWESTERARTS@GMAIL.COM TO JOIN THE WAITLIST. PLEASE NOTE WHICH WEEK/S YOU’D LIKE TO WAITLIST. THANK YOU.

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Clay Play

COMMUNITY CLAY PLAY

At Ilwaco Artworks

Clay Play is a casual, beginner-friendly session where you can learn handbuilding skills to create a finished piece! Ages 10+ w/an adult or ages 14+. $35/person. Register for any four Clay Plays for $100.

July Clay Plays | 1-4p

  • 7/7: Mugs & Cups
  • 7/13: Berry Bowls
  • 7/14: Candle Holders
  • 7/20: Slab Animals
  • 7/21: Ceramic Mobiles, Rain Chains or Garland
  • 7/27: Ceramic Bookends
  • 7/28: Ilwaco Art Walk Drop-in Clay Play. No rsvp necessary for 7/28.

August Clay Plays | 10a-1p

  • 8/4: Sake Sets- Pinch/coil-built simple pouring vessel/vase with wide belly and narrow neck. Set of 4-6 matching shot-glass sized vessels.
  • 8/11: Incense Holders
  • 8/17: “The Open Cube” / Five-walled objects – Slab built vases, catch-all’s, herb planters, seed starters, bonsai, wall vases, jewelry holders. Leather hard slab construction.
  • 8/18: Wind Chimes
  • 8/24: Soft Slab Impression Objects – Soft slabs rolled over local leaves/flora and slump formed over ready-made objects like cups, bowls, cans, etc.
  • 8/25: Ilwaco Art Walk Drop-in Clay Play: Mono Print Tiles. No rsvp necessary for 8/25.
  • 8/31: Soft Slab Cups

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Ilwaco Artworks Community Clay Studio – 109 1st Ave N Ilwaco, WA

Inspiration photos are credited and linked in our “Ideas & Inspiration” page.

email ilwacoartworks@gmail.com to join a waitlist or if you experience any issues with checkout. If you are trying to register for multiple events and run into a checkout error please try purchasing them separately. Thank you! Inspiration photos are credited and linked in our “Ideas & Inspiration” page.

 

Live Music: Lindsay Clark and Half Shadow

Live Music: Lindsay Clark and Half Shadow

7/20. 8p. Free

 

Lindsay Clark:

Lindsay Clark finds balance between traditional folk, English folk, country and her own version of experimental folk that seems to come from within. With influences ranging from the Beach Boys, Elizabeth Cotton, Joni Mitchell, Appalachian folk, her classical upbringing and her father’s record collection, she blends many worlds into a uniquely warm sound. She has carved out a unique and vibrant place as an artist with her penchant for poetry, rich harmony and a style of self-taught fingerpicking influenced by Nick Drake, John Fahey, and others.

Originally from the small gold rush town of Nevada City, CA, she now resides in Portland, OR. She has shared the stage with musicians such as Alela Diane, Adam Torres, Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Ryan Francesconi (Joanna Newsom), Jolie Holland, and Michael Hurley. Her sound has been described as “folk with angelic vocals washing over smooth edges” (1859 Magazine), with her recent album Carpe Noctem called “stunning” by NPR Music. The album features William Tyler, Alela Diane, Sage Fisher (Dolphin Midwives), & Andy Rayborn (Paper Gates) and was engineered, co-produced, co-arranged with Jeremy Harris (Fruit Bats / Hand Habits). She has also recently contributed to Michael Hurley’s latest release, Time of the Foxgloves.

Half Shadow:

For the past decade Half Shadow, the midnight-blue songwriting moniker of Portland’s Jesse Carsten, has been unfurling an enigmatic, windswept music: equal parts earthen folk and cosmic rock and roll, with a primal pop experimentalism seeping from the edges. Wedding an expansive, transcendent poetics to a fiercely home-spun aesthetic, Carsten creates joyful, eclectic song-collages that embrace the experimental singer-songwriter tradition of the Pacific Northwest while enfolding an array of canonical art-voicings; songs range from abstract finger-picked poems to heart-tugged acapella treaties and repetitive art-rock incantations. Half Shadow’s performances are recognized as deep feeling, immersive events. The Portland Mercury has praised Carsten’s shows as “invariably powerful, full of wonder, and unlike anything else.”

Following a steady string of homemade cassettes, CD-Rs, and digital one-off releases, Carsten birthed the first fully formed Half Shadow LP in 2019, Dream Weather Its Electric Song, which was hailed by Antiquated Future as “a carefully thought-out work…of poetic devotionals to the natural world, the subconscious, other realms.” The record was celebrated for its ability to work tangible magic. As Queen City Sounds put it, Dream Weather deconstructs “familiar songwriting styles, bringing the logical mind into alternate pathways of operating.” Following Dream Weather, on which Half Shadow toured in late 2019, and which after followed the world-crashing pandemic, Carsten released At Home With My Candles (Bud Tapes/Dove Cove Records), an album of mythopoetic paeans to the domestic uncanny, the mysterious and unseen worlds experienced at home. Expanding the project’s intimate poetics into something more sonically encompassing, Carsten conjured intimate folk song epics, lo-fi dirges, and primal pop experiments that effectively connect the domestic and the cosmic, the ordinary and the surreal. The album displays, according to Various Small Flames, “an uncanny marriage between personal insight and a wider mystical experience” and was celebrated by a small but fervent cadre of international listeners in the know.

Carsten’s non-linear and environmental dream-lyrics place him in the company of like-minded contemporaries such as Mega Bog’s Erin Birgy, Yves Jarvis, and Ruth Garbus, for whom songwriting is an attempt at surreal levels of poetic feeling. Having been called “one of Portland’s best kept secrets,” it is paradoxically Half Shadow’s mystery-inspired, DIY ethos that spirits Carsten’s ever-evolving project out of the home-recordist’s cave and onto more illuminated stages. When it does, Half Shadow is ready to wrap listeners in the dark, sparkling hues and mossy undergrowth that have become the poetic trademark of this singular undertaking.

Live Music: Generifus

Live Music: Generifus

6/29. 8. FREE

Generifus is the music project of Washington State native Spencer Sult. Beginning in 2005, Sult has written, recorded and released around twenty LPs, Eps, Singles and Compilations. Generifus has toured the USA multiple times and Japan once via car, train,Greyhound bus and plane. 

Live Music: Chief Ahamefule J. Oluo

Live Music: Chief Ahamefule J. Oluo

6/8. 8p. FREE

Chief Ahamefule J. Oluo (he/they/them) is a Nigerian-American multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, comedian, and creator of live performance and theater. They were a founding member of the award-winning experimental jazz quartet Industrial Revelation, a Mellon Creative Research Fellow, a Creative Capital awardee, an ArtistTrust Arts Innovators award recipient, and a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity comedy competition. Oluo co-produced comedian Hari Kondabolu’s Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comic for Kill Rock Stars, and the album Who the Hell is Dwayne Kennedy? by the eponymous stand-up legend. They premiered two autobiographical music-based performances at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival: Now I’m Fine (2016), which the New York Times described as “a New Orleans funeral march orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg,” and of which Time Out New York said, “A day later, it’s as though I grabbed a live wire; I can still feel the electricity in my skin”; and Susan (2020), which Brantley called “virtuosic” and “crackerjack.” Oluo has written for television, including the stop-motion animated comedy Santa Inc.on HBO Max, starring Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen. They have also appeared on This American Life. Now I’m Fine was adapted into the film Thin Skin, starring Oluo, who also wrote the score and co-wrote the script. Thin Skin won Best Director at the Harlem Film Festival. Oluo’s work has been commissioned, presented, or invited by On the Boards, PICA, the Meany Center, the Clarice, Seattle Theater Group, and REDCAT.

(ceramic) Sculptural Coiled Pots Workshop

Sculptural Coiled Pots Workshop with Taylor Stefanski. August 20th & 21st, 3-6p. $110.

Learn the basics of hand building through various coil and paddling techniques.

The first day students will learn coil building techniques to build their own pots. The second day folks will learn how to refine the forms, add adornments and some detail color.

Bio – 

Her work is deeply inspired by the sea. Explores ideas of imperfection and honors the nature of the tides through meditative repetition. Expressed in the chosen hand building process – each of their pieces are created primarily using a coil building technique. Where she rolls each coil by hand to create each unique, one of a kind forms.

Graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a focus on printmaking and sculpture. Their ceramic work is carried in a variety of stores in Seattle, Portland and LA. She currently works and teaches in her studio in Capitol Hill.

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(ceramic) Surface Decoration Intensive (Mixed Level) Workshop

Surface Decoration Intensive (Mixed Level) 2-day workshop w/visiting artist, Courtney Murphy.

August 13, 3-6p & August 14, 3-6p. $115

In this class we will explore different surface decorations on greenware working with underglazes. Techniques covered will include sgraffito, carving, paper resist, and image transfers. We will use tiles to try out different techniques, before using these new techniques to create a finished piece.

Bio – 

Courtney Murphy is a studio potter living and working in Missoula, Montana. She studied Ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft, graduating in 2004. In 2009 she came to Montana where she completed a two year artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena. She fell in love with Montana, and after a short term residency at Red Lodge Clay Center, and a long term residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula, she decided to settle in Missoula where she recently finished building a home studio.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and has been featured in books and magazines including American Craft, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Ceramics Monthly. In 2011 she was honored to be chosen as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly.

Her designs are influenced by folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as patterns, textiles and historical pots. www.courtneymurphy.net / @courtneymurphyceramics on ig

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The Magic of Color Woodcut Prints Workshop

The Magic of Color Woodcut Prints 3-day workshop w/Charles Spitzack. 3-6p. $130.

Learn how to make colorful multilayered woodblock prints! Using safer oil based water soluble inks (cranfield inks), this process will focus on a simple hand printing technique using multiple plates to create layered colorful prints.

Bio – 

Charles Spitzack (b 1987) is a visual artist, educator, and carpenter living and working in the Pacific Northwest USA. Committed to communal aspirations, equality, labor rights, environmentalism, and leveling the playing field – Spitzack has found woodblock printmaking to be an excellent way to express his thoughts and feelings. www.charlesspitzack.com / @spitzattack on ig

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(ceramic) Butter Dishes Workshop

Handbuilding Butter Dishes w/Taylor Stefanski. 6/1. 2-6p. $72.

In this one day workshop students will create and take home their very own butter dish! We will cover how to roll out and prep slabs, how to use a template and add adornments at the end. All levels welcome, ages 16 and up. 

Bio: Her work is deeply inspired by the sea. Explores ideas of imperfection and honors the nature of the tides through meditative repetition. Expressed in the chosen hand building process – each of their pieces are created primarily using a coil building technique. Where she rolls each coil by hand to create unique, one of a kind forms.

Graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a focus on printmaking and sculpture. Their ceramic work is carried in a variety of stores in Seattle, Portland and LA. She currently works and teaches in her studio in Capitol Hill. https://www.tstefanski.com/

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Clay Play!

COMMUNITY CLAYP PLAY

$35/person | 2-5p

Learn basic handbuilding skills to create a finished piece! No experience necessary. Ages 14+ solo or ages 10-13 with parent. Clay Play Includes a demonstration, clay, glazing & firing. 

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  • Sun, May 5th: Mugs & Cups 
  • Sat, May 11th: Razor Clam Chowder Bowls
  • Sun, May 12th: Hanging Planters
  • Sat, May 18th: Key Catches
  • Sun, May 19th: House Numbers or Welcome Plaque
  • Sat, May 25th: Flower Frog Vase
  • Sun, May 26th: Ceramic Altars

Email ilwacoartworks@gmail.com to join a waitlist or if you experience any issues with checkout. If you are trying to register for multiple events and run into a checkout error please try purchasing them separately. Thank you!

Making (Ceramic) Miniatures Workshop

Jun 22

Making Miniatures

w/visiting artist, w/Korin Schneider $70

Come play with clay and channel your youthful spirit during this lighthearted hand building workshop. Create a collection of mini sculptures and keep them for yourself or give them as tiny treats for friends and family. The options are endless so let’s think big and make small! We will learn the basics of hand sculpting clay including attaching pieces, texturizing and smoothing surfaces, and decorating with underglaze. Each participant will be able to make as many pieces as they can fit into a small box provided.

  • Saturday 2-6p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

Glazing & Surface Decoration Techniques Workshop

Jun 15

Glazing & Surface Decoration Techniques Workshop

w/visiting artist, w/Charlotte Deason Robillard $80

Students will learn about a variety of ceramic surface decoration techniques. We will provide each student with a bisqued tumbler that they’ll decorate and glaze during the workshop; students are also welcome to bring a piece of their own bisqued work. We’ll go over masking and resistance methods, overlapping glazes, painting with underglazes, using stencils, and techniques for getting clean precise surface designs as well as more organic freehand designs. No previous ceramics experience is required.

Saturday 2-6p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

 

Live Music: Kinsey Lee

Kinsey Lee Presented by Sou’wester Arts!

Kinsey Lee is a member of the American indie folk band, The Wild Reeds. The Wild Reeds are known for their beautiful harmonies, poignant lyrics, and captivating performances. Kinsey Lee’s vocals are a central part of The Wild Reeds’ sound. She contributes her distinct voice and songwriting abilities to the band’s repertoire. With 10 years of writing, touring, and performing on her resume she has begun to find her voice as a solo artist. Kinsey recently debuted her first solo track “Lover’s song” recorded by Duff Thompson and Steph Green of Mashed Potato Records. She is currently working on a record as a follow up. Kinsey hopes to be like Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Brandi Carlile,  and Lucinda Williams when she grows up. Musicians with strong lyrics, true grit, and a heartfelt story to tell. 

Live Music: Andrew Jones

 

 

 

Andrew Jones: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

Since arriving in Portland in 2009 the multifarious bassist, composer and songwriter has been hard to pin down, working with an incredibly diverse roster of artists. His unique sense of musicality has found a home playing and making records with songwriters, rock bands, jazz composers, avante-improvisers, and hip-hop and live electronic acts. Jones has also collaborated with dancers and visual artists as well as visiting experimentalists and theater productions via the Improvisation Summit of Portland and Time Based Arts Festivals. Outside of the NW, Andrew has had recurring work with artists from New York and Los Angeles, most recently an international touring stint with acclaimed songwriter/composer Julia Holter. The two connected when Jones’ opened for her with his own project, The Crenshaw, with drummer Chris Johnedis. That duo’s full length album features Jones singing darkly comic and cathartic lyrics in counterpoint to upright bass ostinatos, off-kilter beats and psychedelic synth samples. For his forthcoming record, Andrew has been working under the name ‘and/or you’ with Mike Lockwood on drums. 

 

Live Music: Nick Delffs

Nick Delffs: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

Nick Delffs grew up in Mendocino County, a lawless stretch of coastline that’s hard to get to and, for many, hard to escape. Nick did — emerging in the early aughts as the frontman for Portland band The Shaky Hands, whose sharp, jittery rock was anchored by Nick’s quavering vocals and questing lyrics. The Shaky Hands were mainstays of Portland on the verge of a major shift, and they rode that shift a while, signing to Kill Rock Stars and touring internationally with some of the bigger names in indie rock. But a hiatus in 2011 became indefinite and Nick Delffs was once again cast into the world: working as a sideman, releasing solo records, doing manual labor, going deeper into his spiritual practices, and, crucially, becoming a father.

Becoming a parent can affect different artists in different ways. Nick rode that change with surpassing grace and maturity. 2017’s Redesign, his first full-length under his own name, reflected the transition. In “Song for Aja”, Nick touched on other concerns familiar to those who follow his work: love of the natural world; longing for spiritual and physical connection; the desire to suffer with meaning and exult with abandon, to embrace somehow the world in its maddening contradictions and find the unity at the core.

Childhood Pastimes, his second release on Mama Bird Recording Co., is both more focused and, despite being technically an EP, more ambitious. It’s a four-song cycle — one song with many movements or four songs that bleed into one another, depending on how you hear it — that can be viewed either as a personal journey or an archetypal passage of a human being through four discrete stages: roughly, the movement from childhood innocence into adolescent adventure (The Escape); the sudden immersion into a life of discovery and excitement (The Dream); the first experience of romantic love, followed by the onset of heartbreak, dissolution, breakdown of self (The Affair); the emergence into a new way of thinking, a fresh perspective that encompasses all the suffering and joy into a balanced whole (The Outside).

Nick plays nearly all of the instruments here and the result is a unified aesthetic, born ultimately of his deep-seated love of rhythm: the thrum and throb of the acoustic guitars, the percussive melodic bang of the elegantly-crafted piano lines, and always, always the insistent, driving drums, propelling the record, and the listener, on this journey as the four tracks bleed into one another, one body, one blood, one beating heart. The concept of four songs that are really one suite of music requires a sure hand, and Nick’s never shakes: the way the songs blend together while retaining their distinctiveness — from the poppy exaltation of “The Escape” to the cold intensity, almost like an acoustic Kraftwerk, of “The Affair” — shows a songwriter and musician who has fully grown into his powers.

Those who have followed Nick’s career may see this as a culmination of years and years of honing and fine-tuning his bountiful gifts, and wonder with delight what might come next. For those who haven’t listened to Nick before, Childhood Pastimes is the perfect entry point, a distillation of what’s come before and the promise of a new beginning.

Live Music: Saroon

Saroon: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

Saroon is the genre-fluid creative outlet for the prolific multi-instrumentalist producer/composer ayal.  The project is founded on the idea that genuine self expression can act as a beacon for others to relate, and actualize themselves.  Over the last year Saroon has released diverse albums such as Gilgul, a piano based instrumental album that describes the process of reincarnation starting at the moment of death and ending at conception; ODDDITTIES VOL.1, an electro-pop album comprised of a collection of songs written for his songwriting podcast Honest Jams; and Dive 1, a collaborative ambient album in which ayal collaborated with members of Bathysphere records who made improvised beds of synths on which ayal recorded clarinet arrangements.  Through the music, ayal attempts to express the breadth of experience, from existential grief, to the silliest relief, to the hearts of the vulnerable, and the first cat in space, and what it means to live the lives, and the deepest connection, and waffles.

Live Music: Kendall Lujan

Kendall Lujan: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

Portland, Oregon based artist, Kendall Lujan embarks on her first full length album “Lucky Penny’ it is set to be released Fall 2024. After releasing her Debut self titled EP last Spring, featured on official playlist for Spotify and Apple Music. Lujan also gaining attention from NPR’s Tiny Desk, MTV and winning the John Lennon Songwriting contest. Sharing the stage with Amos Lee, Frazey Ford (of The Be Good Tanyas), Allie Crow Buckley, Early James, and The Magnetic Fields.

‘Lucky Penny’ features many genres Including Jazz, Folk, Bosa Nova and Indie-Rock. The natural singer and songwriter put together a studio band with Micah Hummel (drums), Colin Schmidt (bass) and Alex Milsted (piano) and recorded at the Map Room Studio in Portland, Oregon with Dominik Schmidt producing.

Her writing is real, introspective and reflective. After touring the songs in Europe twice this past Fall Lujan is ready to show her versatility and growth as an artist. The first single to be released late March 2024 titled ‘Goodbyes’. The song explores mourning and loss of important people in your world. In the sense of ending romantic relationships it explores the process of knowing when someone isn’t suited for your life or growth any longer. Lujan writes “I wrote this song to remind myself that even though things are hard you will meet those people who stick around eventually.” Even though people come and go in your world, remembering that there will be lots of cries and laughs on your journey to finding those people who see you for who you are. The main hook stating: ‘it takes a lot of goodbyes to get to forever. Lujan is set to tour Germany, Austria, and Switzerland again fall 2024.

Raku Clay Workshop

5/4/24 Raku Workshop

$80.00

Explore the world of Raku. This process creates unique and surprising surface patterns. $80

May 4th: 2-3p demonstration | 3-5p handbuilding workshop

Jun 1st: 2-3p Raku final firing (hands on!)

Includes: Raku clay to make 3-7 pieces, demonstration & two weeks of open studio access following your workshop. We will start the workshop by demonstrating the raku process. Then you’ll work on handbuilding your pieces with raku clay. You will have access to open studio hours (M,W,F 3-7p & Sat/Sun 10a-5p) for the following 2 weeks after your workshop to develop your pieces. Plan to come back June 1st to raku fire your own pieces!

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Indigofest 2024

 

indigo plants and dyed flagsJoin us where the sea meets sky for Indigofest Retreat 5.0 – hosted by  the Historic Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington situated on the magnificent Long Beach peninsula, the ancestral lands of the Chinook peoples. This immersive retreat is a celebration of indigo past, present, and future, featuring hands-on workshops and in-depth demos with Britt Boles & Iris Sullivan Daire. Experience fresh Pacific blues, from leaf to pigment to vat with local fiber, paper, paint, and more. Registration opens February 29th. This is a closed campus event – retreat tickets are necessary to make lodging reservations at the Sou’wester.