Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Making It Personal: Pots and Objects
Jun 5 - 16, 2023
How do we learn to ask questions that help us get closer to making art that is uniquely our own? How do our lives influence what we make? How can doubt become inspiring?
These questions and more are explored in demonstrations, unique exercises, and one-to-one conversation that lead participants to a deeper understanding of their work. With an open heart and a seeker’s spirit, all are welcome in this shared search for meaning.
Wheel throwing, handbuilding, porcelain, stoneware, reduction, salt/soda firing, charcoal drawingSupply List
Chris Staley is a Distinguished Professor of Art at Penn State University, and was selected to be the Penn State Laureate in 2012. He was awarded the Universities Milton Eisenhower Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2021 received an NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award. His work is in numerous collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is currently writing a book, Teaching: Art & Life, about what he learned during 42 years of teaching.
Studio Fee: $250.00
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@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. *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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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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