JAMAICA DESTINATION WORKSHOP: The Eloquent Wood-Fired Vessel I (FJAM0420A)

Date: Apr 18 - 24, 2020

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Pelusa Rosenthal & Chris Gustin, Nancy Train Smith,

David Pinto & Doug Casebeer

Price Option(s):
$4,100 — Tuition (Private Single) + Reg. Fee
$3,500 — Tuition (Single Shared Bath) + Reg. Fee
$3,100 — Tuition (Double) + Reg. Fee
$2,000 — Tuition (Tent Provided) + Reg. Fee

To register, please contact Anderson Ranch at 970-924-5089.


Come celebrate an amazing workshop history and legacy. Anderson Ranch and David Pinto studios at Good Hope in Jamaica have been running workshops together for 25 years. This workshop will be offered in two sessions, students can participate in either session or both. Each session will have demonstrations from the faculty covering hand building, throwing, altering, glazing and slip decoration. Emphasis will be placed on making vessels that respond expressively to the wood and soda kiln atmospheres.  Demonstrations will range from tableware to large sculptural vessels using various stoneware clays.  This will be a hands-on workshop with students assisting with kiln loading and firing. Each session will have one soda kiln firing. The large wood kiln will be loaded and fired for several days towards the end of the first session. Faculty demonstrations will be supplemented with one-on-one guidance and discussions.

In this workshop faculty will address the elements that contribute to the eloquent character of a vessel along with techniques for successful results. This is a workshop for developing the vessel as an expressive art form. Students should use this incredible opportunity to step outside their normal studio routine and take risks in a supportive studio environment. We will experience the joy of group learning and sharing in David’s ideal Jamaica studio. We will enjoy the assistance of David’s studio team to ensure a smooth and rewarding workshop experience.

DETAILS: Jamaica destination workshops are based on the Good Hope Plantation in the parish of Trelawny. The Great House was built in 1755 in the classic Georgian style. Good Hope later became headquarters to one of Jamaica’s largest and most prosperous sugar plantations. The 2,000 acre plantation is still actively growing citrus, raising sheep and horses.

There will be one scheduled beach day during each session. Students with need to bring some personal tools and supplies as outlined in the workshop supply list.

Arrival Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

Departure Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Payment in Full by: February 14, 2020

*Tuition includes housing, meals, airport transfers, instruction and studio supplies. Airfare not included. Deposit for workshop is $500.


Randy Johnston has been working in clay for 40 years, and shares a studio with Jan McKeachie-Johnston where they enjoy their love of wood-fired kilns. He is now a full-time studio artist after a long teaching career at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Randy received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.


Jan McKeachie-Johnston has been teaching workshops for over 30 years. She studied ceramics at the University of Minnesota, Southern Illinois University and University of Wisconsin River Falls. Jan’s artwork has been feature in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times.


Pelusa Rosenthal is a studio potter in Santiago, Chile, where she co-founded the Curaumilla Art Center. She has been an Artist-in-Residence, summer intern and workshop faculty at Anderson Ranch, where she worked for seven years before returning to Chile to build her own art center. Pelusa teaches pottery in her studio and Huara Huara Studios in Santiago, Chile.


Chris Gustin lives, works and produces art in his South Dartmouth, MA studio. He received his MFA from Alfred University and taught for many years at the 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.


Nancy Train Smith is a studio artist and a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her artwork moves freely from painting to ceramic sculpture.


David Pinto, a studio potter born in Jamaica, taught at the 92nd Street Y while living in New York. He now teaches at his studio on the Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has shown his work in Japan, New York and throughout Jamaica.


Doug Casebeer directs the Ceramics program at Anderson Ranch. He lived in Jamaica for three years, working on a pottery project for the United Nations. “Jamaicans are full of life and vitality,” says Doug. “The Jamaican pace has a way of freeing up the mind. I always return home invigorated and alive with my work.” Doug is Artistic Director of Ceramics and Associate Director at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.


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