Hand Building: explorations & musings – JANSTU2019C

Date: Jan 07 - 25, 2019

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Sunshine Cobb

Tuition: $1,600
Studio Fee: $225
Registration Fee: $55

January Housing Accommodations

January Housing Accommodations
Students will stay in The Wyly House dormitory which is a two-story co-ed building located on the Anderson Ranch campus consisting of 16 bedrooms and a common area. There are coin-operated washers and dryers.

Housing Costs

  • (Option A) – $1,275 for the three-week period – Shared room with shared bath
  • (Option B2) – $2,000 for the three-week period – Private room with shared bath
  • (Option B1) – $2,400 for the three-week period – Private room with private bath

*Lodging tax additional. Meals are included with housing. Meals may be purchased separately for students not staying in campus housing.

January Studio Handbook 2019


This three-week workshop is an opportunity for students to choose their own adventure.  Participants can spend time honing their hand building skills with function as the focus, and/or begin to develop content for their work. Either route is celebrated and challenging.  This dynamic studio environment gives students access to new ways of thinking about their work.


Using mid-range earthenware clay fired in oxidation, students engage in discussions and demonstrations of surface treatments and various hand building methods. The workshop includes demonstrations using soft and hard slabs, as well as coil building applications. Multiple glazing and surface treatments are discussed and developed for the class.  Writing and research assignments are offered for those interested in content development.


The daily activities include demonstrations, work sessions, one-on-one mentoring and group discussions. Each week students set individual goals that focus on content or skill development. Journal work is encouraged for content development, inspirational research and exploration.


Sunshine Cobb is a full-time studio artist who specializes in handmade functional pottery, and she frequently travels the country as an invited lecturing and demonstrating artist. She received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Utah State University.  In 2018 Sunshine published a book, Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coil and More (Voyageur Press, Feb 2018).


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