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The Irvine Fine Arts Center’s Ceramics Studio is maintained and operated by numerous approved studio volunteers alongside three specialized City-employed Ceramic Technicians. These hard-working individuals constantly ensure greenware rotation, kiln loading/unloading, firing processes and glaze-mixing are efficient and timely on a weekly basis while supporting curriculum needs for both youth and adults. 

 
Lynn King has been a ceramics technician at the Irvine Fine Arts Center since 2004. With over 20 years experience as a ceramicist, Lynn started her artistic career in Canada studying wheel throwing, glaze formulation and various decorative techniques. She moved back to California in 2001 and has since then studied with ceramic experts such as Tom Coleman and Paul Geil as she has participated in workshops specifically focused on glaze formulation and kiln firing. As the Studio’s Lead Technician, Lynn enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise as she is committed in guiding studio visitors and students through the process of making ceramic art while sharing her passion for the arts.


Michael Penilla has a BFA with an emphasis in Ceramics from Cal State Fullerton, as well as over ten years of experience working with clay. In addition to genuinely enjoying maintaining specialized equipment, Michael craves efficiency and is passionate about “shepherding” pots and sculptures on their travels throughout various processes in which transmute clay into ceramics. Michael is most fascinated with the firing process which has led him to build and fire many different types of kilns in his own artistic practice. In addition to lending support and expertise to the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Michael is currently a technician, instructor and consultant to several other studios in the Orange County area. 


Jamie Russom is a working artist, technician and educator, focusing her attention in the areas of print and ceramics. Upon completion of her BFA degree from Long Beach State University, Jamie has since worked in various positions in the arts which has helped to fuel her passion for various forgotten artistic processes – driving her to create and maintain programs that will once again be revived and continue to gain popularity. In conjunction with her current position at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Jamie also works at Otis College of Art and Design assisting students in the areas of letterpress and printmaking. She continues to exhibit her personal artwork nationally and is the creator and proprietor of Moon in June Press.


In addition to our studio’s experienced technicians, here is a current listing of our Ceramic Instructors who are committed to providing a safe learning environment that supports the mission and philosophy of the Irvine Fine Arts Center.


Bill Bryant 
Laura Haight
Kaoru Kaplan
Dale Prochnow
Jane Nishii
Garrett Stryker 



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Ceramics Open Studio


Ceramics Studio Hours:
Monday: 1-6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Ceramics Studio is equipped with wheels, kilns, slab roller, damp room and a complete glaze room. Regular firings are scheduled by technicians. Stoneware clay is available for purchase. Closed-toe shoes required. Open Studio Passes are available for purchase at the Fine Arts Center.
Fees: Irvine residents Non-residents
$13 per day
$59 for 5-use pass
$105 for 10-use pass
$15 per day
$69 for 5-use pass
$125 for 10-use pass