Artful Evenings | Ceramics

05jan4:00 pm6:00 pmArtful Evenings | CeramicsLong Beach Museum of Art

Event Details

Join teaching artist Thomas Pilnik for an evening of artmaking in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s oceanfront workshop space!

Our hands reveal a universal truth and existential absolute. They can be dry, calloused, splintered, chewed, and tender. They also feed us, fuel us, and allow us to banish the fear of that absolute through creating, caressing, consuming, and playing. Join Thomas Martinez Pilnik and the Long Beach Museum of Art in a mud-filled session where we will learn to build with clay and construct ceramic avatars of our own hands.

During this workshop, you will hear about Pilnik’s practice, get your hands dirty playing with clay while learning some hand-building basics, and create a free-standing hand-built terracotta sculpture of your hands (however you interpret it), which he will then glaze and fire for you to pick up once ready.


This Artful Evening workshop is open to participants 16+ with all levels of art experience are welcome.

All materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be available. Day of admission to the museum is included with the purchase of the workshop.

Date: Friday, January 5, 2024

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Pricing: $35 members, $45 general participants

Location: 2300 E Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803

Facilitator Information

Thomas Martinez Pilnik (b. 1993) was raised in London by Brazilian parents. Pilnik then moved to the US and obtained his BA in Studio Art and Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia and his M.Ed in Postsecondary Education from the University of Southern California. He recently graduated with his MFA from the University of Connecticut and is now based in Los Angeles.

Pilnik has exhibited internationally in spaces including Zaratan Arte Contemporânea in Lisbon, Shelter in Place Gallery in Boston, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in London, and Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles, and has created installations and works in collaboration with organizations such as the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. He has been an artist-in-residence at Zaratan, McKenzie Gibson Studios in Rhode Island, and Stove Works in Tennessee.

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(Friday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm(GMT-08:00)


Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803

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