11:00 AM11:00

We Do Not Work Alone- A Collaborative Clay Workshop


Much like an exquisite corpse drawing where a final piece is collectively assembled, this workshop will be a collaboration between you, the participant, and artist Sarah Koik. Sarah will bring sculptural bisque salt spoons that you will use to explore glazing techniques. Then you will make your own raw clay salt bowl that Sarah will transport back to her studio in Los Angeles, where she will bisque and glaze the bowls. The finished pair, a salt bowl made by you and glazed by Sarah, and a salt spoon made by Sarah and glazed by you, will be mailed to each person-- a final piece made by us together.

Author Yoshiko Uchida spent most of 1952 in Kyoto with ceramicist Kanjiro Kawai. In one of their many conversations, he said to her, “We do not work alone. Man can make a bowl of clay. He can make it round and smooth, but until it is fired it cannot be used. Man can lay the fire and the light the flame... but still it is the fire itself that really completes the bowl... And that fire is something bigger and more wonderful than any man.” (expert from pamphlet “We Do Not Work Alone the thoughts of Kanjiro Kawai”)

No experience necessary. Space is limited. Reserve your spot HERE

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10:00 AM10:00

Modern Gilding Workshop

Sawmill Studio invited artist Solange Roberdeau to come teach her modern gilding workshop. The day included a brief history and demonstration of several techniques including applying metallic leaf and oxidizing solutions to paper, fiber, wood, rocks and other materials the students brought to experiment with.

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7:00 PM19:00

Bright Side Collective Dinner

The Friendship Project

Hosted at Sawmill Studio by Printmaker Erin Fong and the Bright Side Collective, an East Bay women’s group that gathers to collaborate, create and celebrate community. Erin’s Friendship Project aims to examine the changing nature of how we communicate and cultivate lasting relationships in this digital age.

The result was an intimate and delicious 8 course dinner for 30 prepared by chef Preeti Mistry.

Wine by Sophie James and Scribe. Featured in Lonny magazine (photos: Nicole Lev for Lonny).

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10:00 AM10:00

Gretchen Jones Workshop

Altruism by Design, is the brain-child of Gretchen Jones, award winning fashion designer and noted speaker/writer sharing her visionary approach to mindful creative direction. Gretchen's focus is to help us activate and engage in our businesses, aligning our work with our values.

Sawmill Studio invited Gretchen to add Oakland to her 2018 tour for an intensive day-long workshop loaded with support, inspiration and intention. The day was structured in 3 parts, with lectures and breakout sessions (including coffee/tea, lunch and a post workshop glass of wine).

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11:00 AM11:00

Permanent Collection Pop Ups

Sawmill Studio teamed up with friends Permanent Collection to produce a series of 3 distinct Pop Up shopping experiences in 2018. We invited a wonderful group of Bay Area designers, artists, producers and collectors to join us in the studio for 3 separate day-long events in February, March and May.

Some of the brands and artisans who joined us: Owl Cave Books, Erica Tanov, Coyuchi, David Wilson, Leaves and Flowers Tea, Eothen Floral, Marigold sweets, Lisa Says Gah, Yolanda Porrata, Metier Jewelry, Sarah Kersten Studio, Atelier Dion Ceramics and Lotfi Bags.

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11:00 AM11:00

First Course: A Nordic Inspired Porridge PopUp



3/26/17 11am or 1 pm

Each reservation includes a hand-thrown ceramic bowl made by Oakland potter Sarah Koik (yours to keep) filled with one serving of porridge plus a hand-dyed napkin/tea-towel (also yours to keep!) and a small cider or chai. 

Nordic inspired porridge made by chef and Rooted Food founder, Kristen Rasmussen de Vasquez. All produce locally sourced. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Choose from:  

-Millet and chicken tamari: Seared radish, crackling and wood sorrel sauce. 

-Buckwheat, greens and goat gouda: Soft-cooked egg, crispy shallots, and pea shoots.

-Heirloom mixed-grain and rhubarb-apple crisp: Cardamom, yogurt, molasses and bay nut. 

Bespoke table setting available for purchase on the day of the event includes custom cast metal spoons by jeweler Christy Natsumi, a set of cloth napkins/tea-towels hand embroidered by Nadia Lachance and beeswax candles made by Lauren DiCioccio. Spoons, linens and candles are extremely limited editions, made specifically for this one-time collaborative table setting and communal meal. 

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