Code: C1014-24

    • I

      Level I

      Students are new to ceramics and have no formal training.

Clay, Hand and Machine: Computer-Aided Clay Processes

Aug 5 - 16, 2024

9AM - 5PM


This workshop explores computer-aided clay design and fundamental plaster mold making. Thinking about hand-machine collaboration, the workshop introduces various methods to generate digital models that become clay objects or custom tools that enhance studio practice. Students gain basic proficiency in Rhinoceros 3D and learn how to use handheld scanners to create and modify forms in Blender 3D. Digital designs can become paper stencils for slab building, cast from plastic 3D prints, or directly printed in clay using the 3D PotterBot.


Rhinoceros 3D and Blender 3D, Laser Cutter, PLA Printing, Plaster, Moldmaking, Slip Casting, 3D clay printing, stoneware, porcelain, cone 6, electric firing

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Audrey An

Audrey An’s creative research revolves around the notion of “convergence”—cultural, technological, and interdisciplinary. She received her BFA from Alfred University, an MFA from Penn State University, and was a post-baccalaureate student at Colorado State University. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the ceramics program, Office for the Arts at Harvard.

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Audrey An, Barney Bani: Mirror Mirror

Tuition: $1,450.00
Studio Fee: $200.00
Registration Fee: $45.00

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In 1966, American raku ceramicist Paul Soldner selected the site for what is now Anderson Ranch Arts Center, forming the foundation for a thriving ceramics program. Then and now, Anderson Ranch is a place where students exchange ideas and examine ceramic art and pottery-making techniques. It has always been a place where seminal moments of growth happen in an artist’s creative and critical thinking. Here, both beginning and emerging artists gain strong fundamental support, while established artists achieve new perspectives and advance their techniques.

The Ranch Ceramics team provides support, feedback and technical problem solving, giving each artist the freedom to experiment and grow. Our primary focus is on personal advancement through a process of creative discovery. We also offer community engagement through events like our Locals’ Clubs “Circle of Fire” where artists engage with the Ranch outside of the workshop setting.

The Soldner Ceramics Center makes up more than 10,000 square feet in three buildings. The Lyeth/Lyon kiln building is equipped with gas, electric, soda and wood kilns for both oxidation and reduction firings at all temperature ranges. The Ranch offers three wood kilns, four gas reduction kilns, one soda kiln and eleven high-temperature electric kilns.

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in summer one- or two-week adult workshops for NCECA members. Please register online and then email [email protected] with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register. *Please note that the NCECA discount does not apply to The Center / Advanced Mentored Studies program, nor can it be combined with any other discount, scholarship or special offer. 

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Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.

Lodging & Meals

Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations. 

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.

The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.


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Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, either through endowed funds or special gifts.

Many colleges and universities offer college credit for workshops taken at Anderson Ranch. Discounts are available for students and teachers.

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