Ceramics

Code: C0707-24

    • III

      Level III

      Students have significant experience with clay forming techniques, such as throwing, hand building and modeling. Students are comfortable with ceramics equipment, such as wheels, extruders and slab rollers. Students are self­-starting with some formal training and have taken a minimum of three classes or workshops.

    • 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.

Sense of Place: The Artist's Voice

Jul 15 - 26, 2024

9AM - 5PM

Concept

It is often said that we are a product of our environment, our background, and the sum of our experiences. This class explores these sources for inspiration through exercises and projects that tap the potential of the creative spirit. Students need an open mind to explore the depths of their own personal history for artistic ideas—and must have a willingness to fail. This advanced class focuses on taking risks with process and techniques as we work with high-fire clay to make vessels, sculptures, and pottery. Students can expect to leave with a better understanding of their art practice.

Media

Stoneware clays, glazes, slips, atmospheric firing, gas reduction, wheel throwing, hand building, extruder

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Faculty

Doug Casebeer

Doug Casebeer currently is a resident artist at the University of Oklahoma. For over 35 years he was an artistic director at Anderson Ranch. Doug is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, and was awarded the Walter Gropius Master Artist honor with a solo exhibition from the Huntington Museum of Art, WV. His most recent solo show was at the Carbondale Clay Center, CO. Doug’s work is featured in collections around the world, and he has built kilns and lectured and taught more than 200 workshops. NCECA honored Doug’s community service in the field as an Honorary Member.

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Doug Casebeer, Untitled

Tuition: $1,450.00
Studio Fee: $250.00
Registration Fee: $45.00

Registration Information

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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 reg@andersonranch.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. *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.

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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