Advanced Mentored Studies Program: The Eloquent Vessel: sculpture & pottery – C1116-19

Date: Aug 12 - 16, 2019

Skill Level(s): IV i

Instructor(s): Chris Gustin & Randy Johnston

Tuition: $1,375
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Portfolio review required.
This class is in its third year of a three-year program.

Please contact Doug Casebeer for space availability.
Tuition is per year.

Take a journey designed to expand your clay knowledge and develop a critical eye regarding a rigorous studio practice. This three-year curriculum is for advanced potters, sculptors and ceramists who are interested in a sustained mentored study experience. Includes studio work, discussions and critiques. In addition to the week-long summer workshop, students participate in a midyear review as well as individual mentoring on a quarterly basis.

Students meet twice a year, once in the summer for a week-long workshop at Anderson Ranch and then by a group Skype session in the winter. Students work on projects throughout the three years. Instructors are available for one-hour quarterly Skype sessions. This culminates with an exhibition at the Ranch.


Students work with materials, clays and various firing temperatures. Students also discuss strategies for clays and glazes with faculty.


Students engage in an interactive, hands-on setting comprised of formal demonstration, slide shows, group and individual discussions. Each student works with faculty to establish a path and direction.


Chris Gustin lives, works and produces art in his South Dartmouth, MA studio. He received his MFA from Alfred University and taught for many years at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He is a full-time studio artist making large-scale sculptural vessels and pots. Chris was recently inducted into the International Academy of Ceramics and, in 2016, the American Crafts Council honored him as an Artist Fellow.

Randy Johnston has been working in clay for 40 years, and shares a studio with Jan McKeachie-Johnston where they enjoy their love of wood-fired kilns. He is now a full-time studio artist after a long teaching career at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Randy received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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