Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level, but have some computer skills.
Composing Clay and Mixed Media Sculptures with Digital Tools
Aug 16 - 20, 2021
This course is aimed at those who are familiar with the various workings inside a fabrication lab, but need help figuring out how to turn the digital into the physical. This workshop explores the many ways an artist can compose dynamic sculptural and installation compositions using advanced digital clay fabrication techniques and mixed-media resources. Emphasis is placed on conceptual ideas and non-traditional methods of fabrication. Students are encouraged to bring as many digital files and pre-fired pieces/parts as possible so that considerable time can be dedicated to new ways of composing objects in class. Students will use both clay and plastic printers to generate objects for finished assembly or for mold-making.
Rhinoceros 3D, PotterDraw, terra cotta, porcelain, 3D ceramic printer, bisqueware, mold making, FDM 3D printer, epoxy pigmented adhesives, mixed media
Matthew has been an Artist In Residence at Arrowmont, the Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center, and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Matthew’s work has been featured in Art in America, Art LTD, Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly and Maake Magazine. In 2013 he was selected as an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly.
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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% Summer Workshop tuition discount for NCECA members. Please register online and then email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Ceramic Tool Kit / Basic Ceramic Tools
All ceramic participants are responsible for bringing their own personal hand tools. This list of general tools below is considered basic for all ceramic classes. Basic starter tool kits are available in The ArtWorks Store at the Ranch. If you would like to order this tool kit so it is waiting for you when you arrive, please call the store at 970-923-3181. Each Tool Kit contains:
- Potter’s Rib
- Steel Scraper
- Wood Modeling tool
- Needle tool
- Ribbon tool
- Loop tool
- Wire Clay Cutter
Lodging & Meals
Anderson Ranch closely follows guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Colorado and the Pitkin County Health Department. In order to operate safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson Ranch has made significant modifications to our housing and meal offerings.
Summer 2022 workshop participants ages 13 and up will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Studio program participants are required to show proof that they have received the complete Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer MRNA vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Additionally, if six months have passed since completing the Moderna or Pfizer series or two months have passed since receiving the J & J vaccine, then a booster is also required. Ideally the booster would have been administered at least two weeks prior to coming to Anderson Ranch.
We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritizes 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.
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.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
Scholarships & College Credit
Making Art Accessible
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. Click below to learn more.
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