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. 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.
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.
TARA WILSON : Movement and Balance in Body and Clay
WORKSHOP DATES: October 28 - November 8, 2019
TOTAL COST includes: course tuition; clay, glazes + use of shop equipment + kiln; yoga classes with a local guest instructor(s), 10 continental breakfasts + 10 lunches (mon-fridays) + 2 special dinners, plus
accommodations for 13 nights, check-in Oct 27, check-out Nov 9:
+ 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.