Students have a basic understanding of forming techniques, such as throwing and hand building. Students have taken one or two ceramics classes or workshops.
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.
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.
Understanding Soda Firing
Aug 29 - Sep 9, 2022
This class provides students with the rare and exciting opportunity to learn about and participate in the loading and firing of soda kilns. For the first of the two firings, participants are asked to bring 10 to 15 bisqueware pieces that are loaded on the second day of the workshop. Work is then made, slipped and bisqued for the second firing, which takes place during the second week of the workshop. Throughout the two-week session, two kilns are strategically loaded, fired to cone ten in a reduced atmosphere and oxidation cooled. Demonstrations of particular forms are discussed in terms of how they pair and react with the results of the soda firing process. Emphasis is placed on exploring the effects of slips, glazes and granitic inclusions in the clay and how they interact with the atmosphere inside the soda kiln.
Wheel-throwing, hand-building, stoneware, slip, glazes, soda firing to cone 10Supply List
Stuart Gair currently lives and works in Carbondale, CO. Over the past ten years he has been exploring different methods of firing the soda kiln to obtain depth in his surfaces and anticipated flashing. Recently, Stuart has been exploring oxidation and reduction cycles at the end of the firing as well as oxidation cooling. His background in history and study of minimalist sculpture inspire each form.
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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 note that the NCECA discount does not apply to The Center / Advanced Mentored Studies program. 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.
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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.
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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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