Ceramics

In 1966, American raku ceramicist Paul Soldner selected the site for what is now Anderson Ranch Arts Center, forming the foundation for a thriving ceramics program. Then and now, Anderson Ranch is a place where students exchange ideas and examine ceramic art and pottery-making techniques. It has always been a place where seminal moments of growth happen in an artist’s creative and critical thinking. Here, both beginning and emerging artists gain strong fundamental support, while established artists achieve new perspectives and advance their techniques.

The Ranch Ceramics team provides support, feedback and technical problem solving, giving each artist the freedom to experiment and grow. Our primary focus is on personal advancement through a process of creative discovery. We also offer community engagement through events like our Locals’ Clubs “Circle of Fire” where artists engage with the Ranch outside of the workshop setting.

The Soldner Ceramics Center makes up more than 10,000 square feet in three buildings. The Lyeth/Lyon kiln building is equipped with gas, electric, soda and wood kilns for both oxidation and reduction firings at all temperature ranges. The Ranch offers three wood kilns, four gas reduction kilns, one soda kiln and eleven high-temperature electric kilns.

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount in summer one- or two-week adult workshops for NCECA members. Please register online and then email reg@andersonranch.org with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register.

Joanne Seongweon Lee

Studio Coordinator, Ceramics

Originally from South Korea, Joanne Seongweon Lee received her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a concentration in Ceramics in 2015. After graduation, she moved back to South Korea for an Artist in Residence program at the Korea Ceramic Foundation: Icheon Cerapia. She completed an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2019 and achieved the Franz Rising Start Project Scholarship: Outstanding Performance in Porcelain Design in that same year. After graduating, she finished her Residency at Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, California. In 2021, Joanne taught numerous Ceramics courses for various levels at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 5 - 16, 2023
9AM-5PM

Making It Personal: Pots and Objects

Chris Staley

Tuition $1,400
Code C0101-23

How do we learn to ask questions that help us get closer to making art that is uniquely our own? How do our lives influence what we make? How can doubt become inspiring? These questions and more are explored in demonstrations, unique exercises, and one-to-one conversation that lead participants to a deeper understanding of their work. With an open heart and a seeker’s spirit, all are welcome in this shared search for meaning.

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  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 5 - 16, 2023
9AM-5PM

Color Curves: Volume and Surface Exploration

Justin Donofrio, Brooke Cashion

Tuition $1,600
Code C0102-23

This workshop offers strategies for building form and developing surfaces. Through demonstrations from both instructors, students learn various approaches for the generation of molds for pottery or sculptural constructions. Students experiment with slab building on molds using templates and use press molds in combination with handbuilding techniques. In the surface development portion of the workshop, students learn how to create and blend colored clay, explore glaze application methods and resist techniques, and take a low-tech approach to slip and glaze testing.

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Nomad
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    Level I

    Students are new to sculpture and have no formal training.

  • II

    Level II

    Students have a basic knowledge of 3­-D art making and sculpture concepts and are comfortable using a variety of hand and power tools. Students have taken one or two sculpture classes or workshops.

Jun 19 - 30, 2023
9AM-5PM

Building with Clay and Steel

Trey Hill

Tuition $1,600
Code S0304-23

Students investigate new materials and approaches to building sculpture in this two-week exploratory workshop, discovering innovative ways to combine different materials to create dynamic mixed-media sculptures. We experiment with adding materials such as clay, steel, and found objects to work with, exploring their potential to add layers of formal information and intensified content. This rigorous studio environment gives students access to a variety of new materials and fresh ways of approaching studio practice. The workshop is open to students working in any media who wish to learn new skills and approaches. The first week takes place in the ceramics studio and week two is in the sculpture studio.

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