Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Mixed-Media Strategies: Wood and Clay
Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2022
This workshop will spend one week in the Ceramics studio and one week in the Wood studio. Ceramic and wood are each seductive and revered craft materials in their own right. Wood has been relied on and valued for centuries as a building material and the history of ceramics goes as far back as the dawn of agriculture. Together, they are an unstoppable force, a combination that can be seamless and complimentary when done right. This class delves into various strategies for bringing together ceramic and wood elements. Sculpture and formal composition are the primary focus but the techniques explored have vast applications for vessel makers, designers, woodworkers and ceramicists. Participants walk away with heightened appreciation for display and a deeper understanding of two uniquely compelling materials.
Wheel-throwing, hand-building, midrange stoneware, electric kilns, once-fire to cone 6, milling and material preparation, table saw, bandsaw, drill press, shaping, gluing, sanding, finishingSupply List
Patrick Kingshill is an artist from Eureka, CA. As a mixed-media artist, Patrick works primarily with clay and has done so for over a decade. He finds purpose in his work through his rich familial ties to the crafts and his appreciation for craft traditions in the United States and around the world. He holds a BFA in Studio Arts from San Jose State University and an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Most recently he has worked under the shipwrights Leo Sampson Goolden and Pete Stein on the rebuild and restoration of Tally Ho, a 1910 classic wooden sailing yacht. Patrick currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.
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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.
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 Glazing Brushes & Tools
Ceramic Tool Kit
Variety of ribs
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.
Health & Safety
Beginning February 2023, Anderson Ranch will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for studio and artistic program participants. For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as the flu vaccine. We also encourage you to carry health and traveler’s insurance.
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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