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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 13 - 24, 2020

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

accommodations for 13 nights, check-in Jan 12, check-out Jan 25:

+ 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: This course 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 and make things that have increased personal significance. Come prepared try new things and go on adventures.  We will 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 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.