Conversations on Clay – C06W03-20

Date: Jul 06 - 29, 2020

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Doug Casebeer, Chris Staley, Jeanne Quinn, Arlene Shechet

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 Dialogue 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 July pose questions and ideas about maintaining inspiration in the studio, creativity, and strategies for momentum and ingenuity.



July 6  / 8  Doug Casebeer – Artists and Inspiration:   Doug Casebeer discusses in personal terms the path that has been influential in his journey to becoming a visual artist. Techniques and studio practices that unlock latent influences that impact artistic choices in art making, as well as methods to keep your studio practice alive and engaging are also covered.

Doug is the Resident Artist in Ceramics for the University of Oklahoma and is the Artistic Director Emeritus of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.  Doug received his MFA from Alfred University followed by several years of work for the United Nations. In 2019 he was recognized by NCECA for his contributions to the field as Honorary Member.

July 13 / 15  Chris Staley – Creativity without Boundaries:  What is creativity? How do our lives influence what we create? Why is it important to understand that everything an artist/potter creates is a metaphor? What are some simple exercises that can teach us to be more creative? These questions are explored with a lively discussion to follow.

Chris Staley is a Distinguished Professor of Art at Penn State University. He was selected to be the Penn State Laureate for 2012-2013. He has received two National Endowment of the Arts Grants. His work is in many collections, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

July 20  / 22  Jeanne Quinn – Home Theater: Why the relationship between ceramics and installation makes sense:  Installation artists make meaning from relationships between objects, as well as creating expression in the objects themselves.  The same description fits traditional ceramicists: we make expressive vessels that allow sensory relationships between objects and the body. Understanding domestic spaces as a kind of installation, and installation as a space for multi-sensory experience, makes a natural connection between ceramics and installation.

Jeanne Quinn  earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Washington. She has exhibited widely, including the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Kemper Museum for Contemporary Art, and Art Basel/Design Miami. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the European Ceramic Work Centre, and others. She is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, and currently serves as department chair.

July 27  / 29  Arlene Shechet – Arlene’s work is presented on Monday. On Wednesday, Arlene  joins for a question/answer conversation session.

Arlene Shechet is a New York-based artist, known for her sculptures that defy categorization. Some are figurative, some are architectural, and others resemble melting vessels or growing biological forms, always looking off balance or on the verge of collapse. She has received numerous awards including a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, an Anonymous Was A Woman Artist Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and an American Arts and Letters Award for Art. Her work is in public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

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.

Image courtesy of Chris Staley

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