Chris Gustin with Special Guest Doug Casebeer: Coils, Slabs and Curls

WORKSHOP DATES: June 17 - 26, 2020

TOTAL COST includes: course tuition; clay, glazes + use of shop equipment + kiln; breakfasts + lunches daily, 2 special dinners, plus

+ 3 all-inclusive surf lessons (all equipment provided) with local favorite, Mario Surf School, at Cerritos Beach

+ your choice of accommodations for 11 nights, check-in June 16, check-out June 27 (does not include airfare):

  • double-occupancy room, shared bath, Twin bed: $2590 USD

  • double-occupancy room, shared bath, Queen bed: $2690 USD

  • private room, private bath, Queen bed: $3150 USD

  • self-contained casita with kitchen + living area, private bath, Queen bed: $3350 USD

Taller de Terreno welcomes Chris Gustin + special guest Doug Casebeer for an exciting ten days of pushing boundaries, squeezing coils, rolling slabs + paddling boards. Visit the untamed landscape of Baja Sur + drop into the waves. 

Making larger scaled pots on the wheel requires both keen throwing skill and strength. Yet potters for thousands of years have found easier and simpler means of working with larger scaled pots by using simple coils of clay for construction. One on top of another, building with coils offer a tremendous possibility for the potter to pursue both scale and form.

This workshop will explore pottery form through the use of the coil + slab. But big isn’t necessarily best, so we will also look at the history of ceramics and how the use of geometry, ratio, proportion and the relationship between simple shapes (ie. the circle, square, rectangle and triangle) have been used by potters of all cultures to create structure in both the making of pottery and the decoration of surface.  

We will experiment with wild clay + other local materials, then fire TDT’s multi-fuel wood/salt kiln for the workshop finale. This will be a great time to try out something new and to push the limits of scale and form within your work.

Skill level - intermediate to advanced.  Students should have good skills in either hand building or throwing. Previous hand building experience not required.

Chris + Doug will also do separate slide shows for the workshop, showing both an historical and contemporary survey of pottery which uses geometry to organize the forms created. Starting with a simple circle, we will work to build more complex formal relationships using geometry as a means of structure and organization. Bowls, plates, jars, teapots, tureens, vases, etc. will all be looked at in ways that reveal their underlying strategies. 

As part of Taller de Terreno’s Arts + Wellness explorations, we will spend three special mornings learning to surf together! Workshop participants and instructors alike will venture into the Pacific with beginner soft top surfboards, under the capable tutelage of Mario Surf School’s expert, bilingual instructors. (Student/teacher ratio in the waves = 2/1 !)

TRAVEL DETAILS: Taller de Terreno’s desert ranch location is 10 miles outside of Todos Santos, the first official pueblo magico of the Baja California peninsula. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. Flying into Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) is easy + usually quite affordable. A new toll road connects Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) to Todos Santos, making the distance easily traversable in just one hour (despite Google Maps’ efforts to depict a slower journey).

There is an express shuttle directly from SJD airport to Todos Santos with EcoBajaTours. They have air conditioned buses with free wifi. It will take you to the bus station in town located on Coleglia Militar. Renting a car is another option for those who want more independence or to explore the peninsula over the weekend.

sponsored in part by Laguna Clay

We do NOT require you to rent a car (but if you do ~ we highly recommend Cactus Rent-a-Car). At 8:30am each weekday morning those without transportation will be picked up for a jitney ride out to Taller de Terreno. Continental desayuno (breakfast) is served in the shared kitchen at Casa Rancho, our accommodations host, at 7:30am each weekday. The jitney will return participants to Casa Rancho after class each day by 5:30/6pm.

Weekday almuerzos (lunches) will be prepared on-site at Taller de Terreno using fresh local ingredients by our international team of guest chefs. Students are on their own for most dinners + evening entertainment. Two special dinners are included in the workshop cost, days TBA.

The village of Todos Santos boasts an impressive 78+ restaurants in its cobble-stone and brick streets, hidden amongst bright textiles and candy skulls. Casa Rancho Experience the colorful culture and island lifestyle of Baja while learning the nuts and bolts of kiln construction in a breath-taking environment. 

Check out TDT's VISITAR page for a list of great tips + additional assistance with airfare + ground transportation to Todos Santos.


Chris Gustin is a studio artist and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Chris received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975, and his MFA from Alfred University in 1977. Chris lives and works in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Chris’ work is published extensively, and is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Icheon, Korea, American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Currier Museum of Art, and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.

With over fifty solo exhibitions, he has exhibited, lectured and taught workshops in the United States, Caribbean, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships, and four Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships, the most recent in 2017. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2016. He was awarded the Masters of the Medium award from the Renwick Alliance in 2017.

Chris is cofounder of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and currently serves as Honorary Trustee on its board. 

Doug Casebeer is the newest Artist in Residence at the OU School of Visual Arts. Prior to taking the position at OU, Doug was the Associate Director and Artistic Director for Ceramics at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He was also Chair of the Artist in Residency Program. He received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and his BFA from Wichita State University. Doug teaches, lectures, builds kilns and exhibits his artwork worldwide. He has served as pottery consultant to the United Nations and the German government. Doug’s service to the field has involved outreach in rural Jamaican schools, technical support and assistance for Nepali potters, and advising art centers in Chile and Hawaii. His artwork is in collections around the world, including a permanent installation in 2007 at the Yingge Museum of Ceramics in Taiwan. In 2009 Doug was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland and was a featured artist at the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Doug’s artwork is regularly exhibited at the Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO.

Vase , Doug Casebeer

Vase, Doug Casebeer

Vessel , Chris Gustin

Vessel, Chris Gustin

Taller de Terreno’s private pool with panoramic views

Taller de Terreno’s private pool with panoramic views

The Little Sleeping Giant “V6.5” Multi-Fuel Kiln

The Little Sleeping Giant “V6.5” Multi-Fuel Kiln