"Baja V9" Kiln Build + 1st Fire w/ Maestro Ralph Scala
Guest Artists: Sam Harvey + Christa Assad
COURSE DATES: May 20-31, 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
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Join Taller de Terreno’s exciting field workshops + experience the untamed natural beauty of Baja Sur while in the secluded + private setting of TDT founders’ Christa Assad + Kevin Wickham’s home, studio + shop. Led by artist + kiln builder, Ralph Scala of Santa Fe, NM, TDT’s first ceramic workshop will focus on the step-by-step construction + firing of a multiple-fuel, high-fire kiln. Daily activities include: discussions + practice of construction techniques, basic brick-cutting, stacking + mudding, basic welding, throwing, coil + hand-building, one-on-one instruction and creative studio time. Participants will also experiment with using TDT’s local clay as a blended clay body, terra sig, slip + colorant for glaze. Special guest artists Sam Harvey + Christa Assad will join Ralph in presenting demonstrations, lectures + discussions. 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.
Ralph Scala currently maintains a studio in Santa Fe, NM with Chucho the chihuahua where he produces painting, sculpture and functional ceramics. The studio also hosts visiting artists, as well as providing firings and the production of artist projects. With a focus on painting and sculpture, Scala received his BA from Evergreen State College in 1995. From there he went on to serve as studio director at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago from 1995 to 2000, followed by stints as studio director at Santa Fe Clay (2000-2005) and more recently studio coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado (2005-2016). Ralph can also be found teaching workshops or classes at the Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Clay, or an on-site kiln-building project. Scala’s work can be found in numerous private collections around the country.
Sam Harvey received his MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2001) and BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (1984). He has been an artist in residence at Sun Valley Center and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He has taught and nationally and internationally, including at Anderson Ranch and in Nepal, Taiwan and Japan. He has shown nationally at such venues as Lill Street Arts Center, Chicago; Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe; Trax Gallery, Berkeley,Ca.
Christa Assad is the co-founder of Taller de Terreno, and a potter, painter and sculptor. She received her BA from Penn State (1992) and MFA from Indiana University (1999), following which Assad trekked west to California where she cultivated an active studio + gallery presence in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. Her move to Baja California Sur in 2017 was the result of a spontaneous life change. Assad plans to investigate the natural resources of the new landscape around her, and to develop a clay body and glaze surface that utilize these offerings.
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