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Beyond the Basic Bowl

October 27, 2024 - November 1, 2024

Kalia Kliban  ·  website

Workshop Overview

While the simple wooden bowl is a form that you can spend a lifetime refining and perfecting, there’s so much more you can do with bowls. Are you already comfortable turning a simple bowl with a gouge? Come explore the sculptural and functional possibilities offered by integral feet and handles, and surface carving. Initial projects will include a porringer (traditional flat-handled bowl) and a footed bowl, and students will modify the turned forms using a variety of hand and powered carving tools. From those starting points students can play with gesture, texture, color and how to design on the lathe for sculptural modification.


  • Enhancement of existing bowl turning skills
  • Designing turned protrusions to create feet and handles
  • Safe turning of protrusions
  • Modifying turned forms with hand and powered carving tools
  • Use of milk paint


  • Wood
  • Paint


  • One or more completed, modified bowls with feet and/or handles
  • Understanding of how to design bowls with handles or feet
  • Familiarity with milk paint
  • Familiarity with a variety of carving and cutting tools



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Kalia Kliban is a woodturner and dance caller living in Sebastopol, CA, in the heart of Sonoma County. She graduated from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1987 with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Design, but after a short and unhappy stint in the advertising industry she went back to school and got top-notch woodworking training at Laney College in Oakland, CA. She has been less lucratively, but much more happily, employed as a professional woodworker since the early 1990s. The bulk of her work was initially in making custom furniture and cabinets, with a short detour in guitar repair and construction along the way, but she shifted her focus exclusively to woodturning in 2011, the year she joined Sebastopol Gallery. Her work has been featured many times in American Woodturner. Kliban has been a demonstrator for woodturning clubs around the California Bay Area for many years, and has developed a robust teaching practice in partnership with Chimera Arts, a maker space in Sebastopol.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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