TARA WILSON : Movement and Balance in Body and Clay
WORKSHOP DATES: October 28 - November 8, 2019
COURSE TUITION: $1600. includes welcome dinner, 10 lunches (mon-fridays) + adios fiesta dinner
STUDIO FEE: $150. includes clay, glazes + use of shop equipment
REGISTRATION FEE: $45.
ACCOMMODATIONS: participants book individually because of Todos Santos' many varied options ($-$$$)
TRAVEL: see our VISITAR page for additional assistance with airfare + ground transportation to Todos Santos
Taller de Terreno welcomes Tara Wilson for a unique workshop that addresses movement + balance as they relate to all aspects of the ceramic process + studio practice, from making to firing and everything in between. Students will learn various throwing + hand building techniques to bring movement and gesture into the work. A variety of wood firing topics will be discussed, from surface treatments + stacking methods, to firing + cooling strategies. Each weekday afternoon the group will enjoy a one-hour activity, alternating between yoga led by a certified instructor, desert hikes + beach or pool breaks. Participants will discuss the relationships between bodies + pots, studio practice + moving meditation, and how to best balance a strenuous physical career with daily exercise. The stunning surroundings of tropical desert, Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and Pacific coastline beckon to be explored.
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. 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). Two options of arrival time windows will be met with a complimentary shuttle directly to participants’ accommodations. Participants who arrive outside of these designated windows are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Todos Santos. Bus service and other shuttle vans are available.
Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare + accommodations. Check out TDT's VISITAR page for a list of great tips. Each weekday morning those without transportation will meet at local favorite, La Esquina cafe (open for breakfast + Internet access at 7:30AM) for an 8:30AM jitney ride out to Taller de Terreno. The jitney will return participants to La Esquina after class each day by 6pm.
Weekday, fiesta-style Mexican lunches will be prepared on-site using fresh local ingredients by our international team of guest chefs. Students are on their own for dinners + evening entertainment: the village of Todos Santos boasts an impressive 78+ restaurants in its cobble-stone and brick streets, hidden amongst bright textiles and candy skulls. Experience the colorful culture and island lifestyle of Baja while learning the nuts and bolts of kiln construction in a breath-taking environment.
FACULTY: Tara Wilson set up her studio in Montana City, Montana in 2008 after finishing residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and an MFA degree from the University of Florida in 2003. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States and her wood-fired utilitarian work has been exhibited internationally. When not working in the studio she can be often be found in the south hills on her mountain bike. She currently has a train and a catenary arch wood fire kiln, a heinz 57 beauty, a very needy mouser, as well as a few chookies.