Conversations on Clay – C10W04-20

Date: Aug 03 - 26, 2020

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Del Harrow, Linda Swanson, Chris Gustin, Gail Kendall

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 August dig deep into the aesthetics of the clay object, its functionality and formal aspects of the medium.


Aug 3/ 5 Del Harrow  – 5 Cups: the Intimate Aesthetic Experience:  Cups are both functional and aesthetic objects, and they provide opportunities for intimate aesthetic experiences. Del Harrow will open our curiosity and thinking towards the intricate experience of cups as epistemological objects: an object we might use to think with, and whose thinking we might feel at work in us.

Del Harrow teaches ceramics and sculpture at Colorado State University. His work has been exhibited recently at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Arizona State University Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Mo., and Harvey Meadows Gallery. Del received his M.F.A. from Alfred University.

Aug 10 / 12 Gail Kendall – How I got this way:  Gail Kendall discusses ideas that have influenced her direction in the field of pottery making and formed her philosophy as a craftsman. Gail will raise questions of why pottery, why hand building, why decoration, as well as talk about why she is influenced by European traditions.

Gail Kendal is a studio artist and a professor Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she taught for 24 years. She has done several artist-in -Residence programs both nationally and internationally and exhibits her work widely throughout the United States.

Aug 17 / 19 Linda Swanson  – CHRYSOPOEIA: The Alchemy of Ceramics Linda discusses the capacity of ceramic materials and processes to reveal something beyond the scope of intentionality. She explores how we experience ceramic materials ability to change and how such transformations might enable us to think about ourselves, both individually and collectively, through matter.

Linda Swanson is an artist whose interests are grounded in the metamorphic nature of ceramic materials and processes. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe. Swanson was awarded the Raphael Prize in Ceramics by the Society for Contemporary Craft in 2014 and an Emerging Artist Award in 2013 from NCECA. Swanson earned her MFA from Alfred University. She has taught at Alfred University, the Kansas City Art Institute and currently teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

August 24 / 26  Chris Gustin – Talking Through the Vessel:  What is it that makes a pot ‘good’? Dealing with both the functional and sculptural concerns of pottery form, Chris explored the architectural nature of the vessel and the underlying organizational strategies that exist in all pots.

Chris Gustin is a studio artist and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Chris’ work is published extensively and is represented in numerous public and private collections. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and the American Craft Council College of Fellows.


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.


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