JAMAICA DESTINATION WORKSHOP: Pottery: expressive forms & surfaces (FJAM0419)

Date: Apr 20 - 26, 2019

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Josh DeWeese & Doug Casebeer

David Pinto

Price Option(s):
$4,475 — Tuition (Private Single) + Reg. Fee
$3,225 — Tuition (Single Shared Bath) + Reg. Fee
$3,075 — Tuition (Double) + Reg. Fee
$2,175 — Tuition (Tent Provided) + Reg. Fee


Step outside your normal work environment, and take risks in a supportive studio atmosphere. Travel to the north coast of Jamaica for a week-long intensive workshop focused on pottery-making techniques and design. In addition to studio experience, participants interact with local artists working in clay and gain a cultural awareness of plantation life and Caribbean history. This is the 24th year of Anderson Ranch workshops in Jamaica.

Address the elements that contribute to the character of a pot and techniques to develop them to make them your own. Develop pottery as an expressive art form. Demonstrations include different ways for making pots using throwing and altering techniques. Make work to fire in a wood kiln using stoneware and porcelain clay. Discuss ideas for developing expressive surface treatments for atmospheric firing. Presentations of the artists’ work and contemporary ceramics will complement this hands-on experience.

DETAILS: In their 24th year,Destination Workshops in Jamaica are based on the Good Hope Plantation. The Great House was built in 1755 in classic Georgian style, and later became headquarters to one of Jamaica’s largest and most prosperous sugar families. The 2,000-acre plantation is still actively growing fruits, raising horses and sheep, and has a collection of farm animals at the stables.

Tuition for workshops in Jamaica includes ground transportation, all meals, accommodations, instruction, all studio materials, supplies and equipment use. Students will need to bring some personal supplies as outlined in the workshop supply list.

Arrival Date: Friday, April 19, 2019

Departure Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Payment in Full by: March 1, 2019

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


Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator, currently an Associate Professor of Art at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop have a home and studio. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992-2006. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.


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.

View to Port Antonio from the hills.

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