Students have a basic understanding of forming techniques, such as throwing and hand building. Students have taken one or two ceramics classes or workshops.
Students have significant experience with clay forming techniques, such as throwing, hand building and modeling. Students are comfortable with ceramics equipment, such as wheels, extruders and slab rollers. Students are self-starting with some formal training and have taken a minimum of three classes or workshops.
Students have advanced skills and knowledge of the ceramics field. Students are highly motivated, have a minimum of five years experience in the field and have a portfolio of their artwork. Typical students are academics and professional artists.
Commentary in Clay: Increasing Your Impact
Aug 8 - 19, 2022
Richard Notkin has been a ceramic artist at the forefront of the movement for social/political commentary in clay for over fifty years. In this workshop Richard shares how he developed his philosophy–and several strategies–to effectively express passions and statements in their chosen media. Participants are challenged to dig into their deepest concerns and to express their innermost stories in a way that profoundly engages and impacts viewers. Images are chosen, juxtaposed, altered and manipulated to specifically engage a viewer’s eye, mind and heart. Richard demonstrates his many processes, including hand-building, carving, surface detailing, small-scale approaches, assemblage, press-molding and much more. Participants are prompted to expand both their conceptual aptitude and technical skills to achieve artworks which can mesmerize an audience and carry a profound message.
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Richard Notkin is a studio artist whose work is in over 75 museum collections throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has taught workshops and been an artist-in-residence at over 350 schools and arts organizations worldwide. Among his awards are three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grants, and Visual Arts Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Tiffany Foundation, and United States Artists Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Craft Council and an Honorary Member of NCECA.
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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 note that the NCECA discount does not apply to The Center / Advanced Mentored Studies program. Please register online and then email email@example.com 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.
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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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Scholarships, College Credit & Discounts
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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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