Conversations on Clay – C02W02-20

Date: Jun 01 - 24, 2020

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Yana Payusova, Randy Johnston, Rose B Simpson, Tony Marsh

Price Option(s):
$400 — Reduced Tuition (COVID-19 Artist Relief Offer)
$900 — Full Price Tuition (For those able to pay at this time)

Students may choose to pay the Reduced Tuition or the Full Price Tuition. Additional need-based scholarships available upon request.


Anderson Ranch invites you to join our online community to engage in a rigorous and stimulating Critical Dialog Program about the exciting world of contemporary ceramics. Through lectures and discussions with leading ceramic artists,  each Monday and Wednesday for four weeks, we connect to embark on a variety of topics that are crucial to today’s field of ceramics, giving participants the opportunity to reflect conceptually on this hands-on medium. Each month focuses on a different overarching topic as a way to deepen our dialogue. Sessions in June explore ceramics’ potential for narrative, addressing themes of memory, personal history and community.



June 1 / 3 Yana Payusova  – Memory as Weight, Power, Burden:  We  explore the emotional tension within memory, materiality, and identity. Group discussion is accompanied with reading, narrative generation and looking at historical and contemporary artists who work within similar conceptual framework.

Yana Payusova paintings and sculptures blend the styles and symbols of folk art, Russian icons, graphic poster art, illustration, and comics, and reflect Payusova’s cultural heritage and her training in traditional Russian realist painting.

June 8 / 10  Randy Johnston –  The Persistence of Mingei Influence Through four generations of Ceramic Artists:  Randy Johnston discusses the beginnings of the Mingei movement in 1919, and trace the historical and aesthetic influence through four generations of artists working in ceramics.

Randy is now a full-time studio artist after a long teaching career at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Randy is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

June 15 / 17  Rose B. Simpson  – Reverence and Humanity in Historic and Contemporary Native American Ceramics:  Santa Clara Pueblo artist Rose B. Simpson will talk about what “contemporary” may mean to artists who hail from a rich cultural history. She covers themes of context, preservation, exploitation, and ingenuity in post-colonial indigenous practices.

Rose B. Simpson lives and works at The Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. She has an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her sculptures are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Denver Art Museum, amongst many others.

June 22 / 24  Tony MarshThe Mystery & Power of Objects:  Pottery Bowls of the Mimbreano culture:  Tony discusses the power of Mimbres bowls made by hand, anonymously, 1000 years ago in what is now the American southwest and the numerous ways in which they are powerfully encoded with the belief system of the culture they served.

Tony Marsh teaches at California State University Long Beach where he was the Program Chair for over 20 years. His sculptures are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mad Museum of Art in NY, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, amongst others.

Additional Information: This workshop will meet 3 – 4:30PM MST on Mondays and Wednesdays. Zoom Video Conferencing software (download free from will be used to facilitate the class sessions.

Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Duo by Rose B. Simpson

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