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Josh Copus bio

"My work with ceramics begins with the clay. By using materials dug from the river bottoms and mountainsides of Western North Carolina, my work gains a connection to place and establishes the materials as a valuable source of influence. I dig my own clay from a tobacco field alongside Turkey Creek and everything I make contains an element of my response to that experience."

When he is not building and making things, Josh spends most of his time on his land growing crops, swimming in rivers, operating a shovel, and constantly searching for interesting materials to build and make things with.

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JOSH COPUS : Making in Place

WORKSHOP DATES: January 6 - 15, 2020

TOTAL COST includes: course tuition; clay, glazes + use of shop equipment + kiln; 10 continental breakfasts + 10 lunches daily + 2 special dinners, plus

accommodations for 11 nights, check-in Jan 5, check-out Jan 16:

+ double-occupancy room, shared bath, Twin bed: $2490.

+ double-occupancy room, shared bath, Queen bed: $2590. 

+ private room, private bath, Queen bed: $3050.

+self-contained casita including kitchen + living area, private bath, Queen bed: $3250. 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Join Taller de Terreno’s field workshops + experience the untamed natural beauty of Baja Sur while in the secluded setting of TDT founders Christa Assad + Kevin Wickham’s private home + studios. This course, led by clay enthusiast Josh Copus, considers place as a source for artistic inspiration. We will investigate the native materials of the area, including harvesting wild clay from the nearby mountains, to make work that is informed by the world that surrounds us. In the studio, we’ll explore what we learn in the field with a playful manner as we delve into techniques to work more closely with the landscape + make things that have increased personal significance. We’ll once-fire the new multi-fuel kiln to cone 10 using desert woods + cow dung. Come ready to try new things and go on adventures. Each day we will spend time immersed in a different part of the Baja landscape, working in harmony with our surroundings of tropical desert, Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and Pacific coastline. We’ll celebrate our time together by building a pizza oven and having a party on the beach. 

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.

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

Daily almuerzos (lunches) will be prepared on-site at Taller de Terreno using fresh local ingredients by our international team of guest chefs. While 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-like lifestyle of Baja while exploring making in place 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.