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Materials Days are a series of events held throughout the year to provide hands-on learning experiences led by makers. Our spring semester material days will feature two different workshops, one online and one in person. The first will be a dying and pickling workshop held on Zoom, led by 12 Keys Consultancy and Design (Donna Bilak PhD ’13 & Christianne Teague MA ’19). The second will be a ceramics making workshop held at BKLYN CLAY.


The Thrifty Onion
Twelve Keys Consultancy and Design, Donna Bilak PhD ’13 & Christianne Teague MA ’19

Follow us on an early modern-inspired Zoom journey as we use every part of the onion in this action packed interactive and tangible workshop! So, what can one do with an onion? (You may well ask.) “The Thrifty Onion” reveals the manifold material applications of this seemingly humble vegetable culled from early modern herbals, books of secrets, and cookbooks. Just two hours will forever change your perspective about the onion, and possibly your life. We’ll experiment with making natural dye from the skins and pickling the bulb (and then eating it!). For those who desire to take their exploration of the onion to the next level, we will also provide interesting recipes to pursue after the workshop.

Materials needed for the workshop will be provided by BGC. RSVP by end of day Friday, April 23 to ensure we can get them to you.

Via Zoom, May 5, 5–7 pm


BKLYN CLAY is a state of arts ceramics studio. This workshop will provide students with an introduction to the studio, the ceramics making process, and the basics of wheel throwing. Each participant will get the opportunity to create an object that will be picked up by BGC two to three weeks after the workshop. Workshops held on two dates in order to limit the size per the studio’s safety protocols. Space is limited, and will be first come, first served. Sign up for one date and please rsvp by end of day Friday, April 23.

BKLYN CLAY, 535 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY
May 12, 11 am–1 pm
May 13, 11 am–1 pm