The Eloquent Vessel: sculpture & pottery – C0710-17

Date: Aug 20 - 24, 2018

Skill Level(s): III to IV i

Instructor(s): Chris Gustin & Randy Johnston

Tuition: $1,375
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Application deadline: March 3, 2017; notified by March 17, 2017
Future dates: August 20 – 31, 2018; August 12 – 16, 2019

The Center for Advanced Mentored Studies at Anderson Ranch is a vital link in the education of emerging artists. Advanced students gain access to master faculty—top contemporary artists and educators—over a three-year period, providing rigorous inquiry and steady direction for their individual practice. Students gain the critical levels of knowledge and mentorship necessary to take the next, important steps of becoming serious contributors in their chosen fields. The program, which includes studio work, critical dialogue and critique offers artists the opportunity to expand the scope of their current practice as well as their ability to develop a critical eye regarding their work. Students meet once per year for a week-long workshop at Anderson Ranch. Students are expected to continue to work on a project (or projects) over a three-year period. In addition to the summer classes, participants engage in mid-year portfolio reviews as well as individual bi-monthly meetings online with faculty to discuss their ongoing work and progress. At mid-year, faculty conduct an online critique with the whole group.

Embark on an immersive three-year journey designed to expand the scope of your clay knowledge and develop a critical eye regarding a rigorous studio practice.

Media & Techniques:

Students use and work with materials, clays and firing temperatures with which they are comfortable. You also discuss strategies for clays and glazes with the instructors.


We engage in an interactive, hands-on setting comprised of formal demonstrations, slide shows, group and individual discussions. Each student develops works with the faculty to establish a path and direction he or she would like to pursue.


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

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 a full-time studio artist after a long teaching career at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Randy received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University and is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Generously underwritten by David Newberger.

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