DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: San Miguel de Allende Traditional Talavera Decoration – FMEX1018

Date: Oct 27 - Nov 02, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Julia Galloway & Doug Casebeer, Chris Gustin

Price Option(s):
$2,255 — Tuition + Registration Fee


Our setting, San Miguel de Allende, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in history and authentic Mexican culture. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is simultaneously a very personal yet widely celebrated Mexican tradition that can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. Integrating both Catholic and indigenous traditions, the Day of the Dead is easily one of Mexico’s most fascinating and well-known festivals. This three-day celebration that includes Halloween, Dia los Ninos and All Souls’ Day is filled with a variety of time-honored traditions. San Miguel is known for an intense cultural and artistic life as well as stunning colonial architecture. In addition to working in San Miguel, we will visit the famous Spanish sanctuary in nearby Atononilco. During our stay, San Miguel will be alive in preparations for Dia de los Muertos.

During our week in San Miguel, painters and ceramic artists will delve into decorating tiles and plate; this class encouragea the development of a visual vocabulary of marks and imagery. Sources in nature as well as Mexican culture and history serve as starting points. Participants will be encouraged to experiment, moving between the improvisational and the planned, between abstract and descriptive imagery. The emphasis will be on individual style and discovery. Drawing inspiration from the local culture, we proceed to make test tiles of our own. Sketching, drawing and painting on paper, students work individually on projects and try things from a menu of suggested options. Julia and Doug give one-on-one guidance and lead group brainstorming sessions. We strike a balance between studio work and critiques and the freedom to explore this spectacular region.

The host studio for our workshop is Barro Clay in the section of town called San Antonio. Deluxe accommodations are available throughout San Miguel. Please contact the Ranch for more information and suggestions. There are many hotels, B&B’s and rentals available at a variety of prices and comfort levels. Tuition includes instruction, studio supplies, local field trip, as well as both a welcome and a farewell dinner. Airfare, housing and meals not included.

ARRIVAL DATE: Friday, October 26, 2018 by 5 pm

DEPARTURE DATE: Saturday, November 3, 2018



Julia Galloway is a potter, administrator, arts advocate and Professor of Art at the University of Montana. Her pottery is in uenced by historical ceramics and inspired by narratives of her surroundings. She has exhibited and lectured across the United States and Canada. Julia’s work appears in many collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute.

Doug Casebeer is the Associate Director and Artistic Director of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch. He has been teaching and organizing workshops for 32 years and exhibits nationally and internationally. He received his M.F.A. at Alfred University and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.  www.dougcasebeer.com

Chris Gustin lives, works and produces art in his South Dartmouth, Mass., studio. He received his M.F.A. from Alfred University and taught for many years at 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.

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