Jamaica Field Expedition 2014

“Creating art outside your familiar environment inspires you to look inside yourself for strength and identity, sparking new ideas in your work” says Doug Casebeer, Anderson Ranch’s ceramics program director.

In this expedition, participants will travel to Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica for a week-long intensive workshop focused on pottery-making techniques and design.

This exciting session is held in the remarkable ceramics studio on the Good Hope Plantation. We focus on the fundamentals of ceramics using both the wheel and constructed handbuilt forms. The instructors will demonstrate many new skills and techniques that will challenge students to explore new ideas in their work.

The workshop culminates in the firing of David Pinto’s wood-fired anagama and soda kiln. There are also many lively discussions, slide talks and side trips. You are welcome to bring a few pieces of bisque ware to fire in the kiln. These should be high-fire cone 10 stoneware or porcelain.

The studio is open 24 hours a day, providing participants with ample time to work on individual projects. Instruction and demonstrations are designed to meet each student’s current experience and skill level. Sessions are scheduled every day, in both the morning and afternoon.

“ I love this time to share my experiences, personal studio and to work with what is always an exceptional mix of students and faculty. I always learn new information, and am left with an excitement to explore new work.” explains David Pinto.

This field expedition to Jamaica is ideal for anyone who is motivated to step outside his or her normal work environment and is willing to take risks in a very supportive studio atmosphere. In addition to the studio experience, participants will have opportunities to interact with local artists working in clay and gain a cultural awareness of plantation life and Caribbean history.