Clay – Tell a Story in Clay

Dates – Thursday beginning 2/1 to 3/14 – 6 weeks (studio closed 3/7)

Time – 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Location – Studio A

Price $175 members $200 non-members.

Supplies – $50 per 25 lb bag of clay, includes glazes and kiln firings Basic tools are available for use while in the studio Please bring your own towel and apron.

Contact: Julie Latayan  224-358-9169 or

Faces tell their own story from the twinkle of an eye, smirk on the lips and setting of the brow we hear their story. Come build a story with me. Students will learn the basics of building a bust and the structure of the face. Instructor will demo cold finishes on clay. Open studio is free for the 6 weeks you are enrolled in a class.

Objectives: Students will create a bust using pinch pots and slabs with an emphasis on the face

Julie Latayan, a Florida based artist has been perfecting her skills creating sculpture for the past several years.

A self-taught artist, Julie began her career as a painter and muralist. Her love of art and wish to share her talents led her to teach high school art for five years, and later open her own gallery/studio.

While she was an accomplished painter, Julie sought to investigate other mediums and became fascinated with sculpture and specifically, clay. Clay presented a medium she could blend her painting skills and love of form and color to capture expression, form, texture, and color.

Julie’s characters are made of ceramic paper clay, fired in a kiln, and finished in a unique technique with acrylic paint.

Her inspiration comes from the rich diversity of creature peculiarities, actions, and emotions. Julie feels a heartbeat in every piece of clay and creatively works to bring it to life in a clever and unique way.

When Julie is not exhibiting at art fairs or filling gallery orders, she now teaches sculpting workshops for adults.