2014 Jamaican Field Expedition

“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.

Doug Casebeer and David Pinto have been offering exceptional art workshops at the Good Hope Pottery in Jamaica for over 15 years. Participants in these special trips find the lush environment and cultural stimulation of this amazing country to be a true inspiration for their artmaking.

In this expedition, participants will travel to the Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica for a week-long intensive workshop focused on pottery-making techniques and design. Held in Pinto’s ceramics studio on the Good Hope Plantation, we’ll focus on the fundamentals of ceramics, using both the wheel and constructed handbuilt forms. Instructors will demonstrate new skills and techniques in order to challenge students to explore new ideas in their work. The surroundings alone are inspiring. The week culminates in the firing of David’s wood-fired anagama and soda kiln. Along the way, there will be many lively discussions, slide talks and side trips. You’re 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.

As we say here – soon come?