JAMAICA DESTINATION WORKSHOP: Pottery Making: for wood and soda firing – FJAM0418

Date: Apr 21 - 27, 2018

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Liz Lurie & Peter Beasecker

David Pinto & Doug Casebeer

Price Option(s):
$2,825 — Tuition (Double Occupancy) + Registration Fee
$2,125 — Tuition (Tented-Tent pad & linens provided, limited to 3) + Reg. Fee
$1,525 — Tuition (Tented-Bring your own gear: tent pad, sleeping gear, limited to 3) + Reg. Fee


Step outside your normal work environment, and take risks in a very 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 21st year of Anderson Ranch workshops in Jamaica.

Demonstrations include throwing and hand building techniques that explore the gestural qualities of porcelain through functional pottery. We concentrate on pottery as a vehicle for expression of line and surface, while maintaining the highest level of utility and craft. We engage in further exploration of form and surface and also address alteration, both on and off the wheel. We build forms using the wheel, slabs and pinching. Participants can bring bisqueware for firings, but are limited to small cups and bowls in stoneware or porcelain.


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 farmyard 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 such as hand tools, drawing supplies, etc., as outlined in the workshop supply list.

Arrival Date: Friday, April 20, 2018

Departure Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Payment in Full by: March 1, 2018

*Tuition includes housing, meals, airport transfers, instruction and studio supplies. Airfare not included.


Liz Lurie has been a studio potter for twenty years. She was introduced to ceramics in Mikal Zakin’s classroom at Sarah Lawrence College. After graduating with a concentration in dance and ceramics, she pursued her interest in pottery full-time when she left her native Manhattan to become a member of a wood-fired kiln collective in rural Georgia. After setting up studios and building wood-kilns in both Dallas, TX and Greene, NY, Lurie established a studio outside of Chittenango, NY, where she teaches community classes and maintains a showroom. Liz’s work has been exhibited nationally, most notably at AKAR, Trax Gallery, The Signature Shop, Red Lodge Ceramic Center and the Harvey Meadows Gallery. www.lizlurie.com

Peter Beasecker was born in Toledo, Ohio and received a BS degree from Miami University and his MFA from Alfred University. He is a Professor of Art teaching ceramics and graduate studies at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Peter has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career, most recently being named a NYFA Fellow for 2015. He has exhibited extensively in national and international venues, and his work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Mint Museum in North Carolina. Peter has been a visiting artist and workshop leader at over sixty institutions, including Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Penland School of Crafts. He has been the co-coordinator of the Utilitarian Clay Symposium at Arrowmont since 1996. He currently maintains a studio in Cazenovia, NY. www.peter-beasecker.com

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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