Ceramics

Code: C0101-22

    • IV

      Level IV

      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.

Master Class
Between the Idea and Making: Maintaining the Dialogue

Jun 6 - 17, 2022

9AM-5PM

Concept

This workshop focuses on the exchange of ideas involved in working in clay related to form and function with sculptural intention. Demonstrations cover the use of the wheel and the hand-building construction. Instructors Randy and Jan Johnston explore their process through dialogue and conversations between each other and the participants. Discussions look at why one chooses their object, and how life experiences inform the artist’s journey. This is a rare opportunity to spend uninterrupted time with internationally recognized ceramic artists and affords students a unique exploration of clay, expanding their knowledge of new and traditional techniques, including surface decorations, wood firing, soda, gas and glaze as well as understanding a deeper relationship to contemporary ceramics.

To attend a Master Class workshop, a portfolio review is due by Friday, February 11th, 2022. Instructions on how to submit your portfolio are as follows:

  • Submit digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) via email directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Louise Deroualle at
    [email protected].
  • The single PDF must be less than 10 MB to be considered.
  • Include 5-10 images of your work with image identification that lists the title, media, dimensions and year of each image.
  • While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send.
  • Include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying.
  • Please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website.

Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, we must receive portfolios by 5 PM MST Friday, Feb. 11th, 2022. If we receive your materials after Feb. 11th, you will be considered on a space-available basis.

We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. If you are accepted, a deposit of $500 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment.

Media

Wheel-throwing, hand-building, stoneware, slips and glazes, reduction gas and wood-soda firing to cone 10 (conditions permitting)

Supply List

Faculty

Jan and Randy Johnston

Jan McKeachie Johnston: Since 1979, Jan McKeachie Johnston has been active in teaching workshops across the United States and Chile. For the past 40 years she has participated in important national and international exhibitions and her work has also been featured in Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. Randy Johnston: Randy Johnston is an internationally-recognized artist and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Distinguished Teaching Award in American Arts from the James Renwick Society of the Smithsonian. Randy is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and his work is in numerous international museums and private collections.

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Jan McKeachie Johnston, Caterpillar vase

Join Waitlist for Master Class
Between the Idea and Making: Maintaining the Dialogue

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

Supply List

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.

2 - 3 rollers, soft rubber Speedball, variety of sizes 1" to 4"

do not get ones with wooden inner core

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Bamboo Brush

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Ceramic Glazing Brushes & Tools

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Ceramic Tool Kit

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Fettling knife

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Metal rib

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Notebook

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Variety of ribs

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Writing Utensil

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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.

 

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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