Ceramics

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      Open to All

      Students of any skill and knowledge level.

January Open Studio (Two Weeks)

Jan 11 - 22, 2021

Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

Concept

Find new ways to advance your studio practice in this open studio workshop in ceramics where artists take on their own self-directed projects. Students spend two weeks working at their own pace, bringing their ideas to life in Anderson Ranch’s amazing ceramics facility. This open studio emphasizes individual idea development, material experimentation and risk-taking; this is a chance for experienced artists to make use of a well-equipped shop to further their skill sets, experiment with new formats and drive their work to the next level. Rigorous health and safety standards as well as social distancing requirements must be followed.

Media

Earthenware, stoneware, handbuilding, wheel-throwing, slips, glazes, electric, gas and soda firings

Faculty

Louise Deroualle

Studio Coordinator, Ceramics

Louise Deroualle received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2017. She has exhibited her work in the US and Brazil. In 2017 she was awarded the Roswell Artists-in-Residence fellowship. She is currently the Ceramic Studio Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, in Colorado, where she also keeps her studio practice. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Join Waitlist for January Open Studio (Two Weeks)

Thank you for your interest in the waitlist. When space in a workshop or program becomes available, registration will open on the website. Everyone on the waitlist will be emailed to alert them of the opening. This ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity to register for the workshop or program.

Ceramics

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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Workshop Details

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.

 

Scholarships, College Credit & Discounts

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. Discounts are available for students and teachers.

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