"Baja V9" Kiln Build + 1st Fire w/Maestro Doug Casebeer
COURSE DATES: **POSTPONED due to manufacturer’s defective bricks, New Dates T.B.A.
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
Led by Doug Casebeer of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, this inaugural workshop will focus on the design + construction of Taller de Terreno’s multiple fuel kiln, the V9. Participants will learn the processes + techniques involved in the construction of a brick car-kiln that is built into the natural landscape. Daily activities include: pottery demonstrations, discussions + practice of construction techniques, basic brick-cutting, stacking + mudding. These activities will be interspersed with creative studio time, one-on-one instruction, + recreational time. The stunning surroundings of tropical desert, mountains and Pacific coastline beckon to be explored.
Participants may bring up to 6 small pieces of high-fire (cone 10 clay) bisque ware to fire in the first atmospheric firing of this multiple fuel kiln. A local brown stoneware clay will be provided for experimentation with regional materials. These pieces will be utilized to practice greenware glazing and once-firing. Pit firing at our nearby white-sand beach is another option for more adventurous students.
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 over one hour. 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 shuttle out to Taller de Terreno. The shuttle 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: Doug Casebeer has been making pots and building kilns for over 40 years. His expertise has helped potters and art centers in several countries, from Jamaica to Nepal to Chile, and across the Unites States. He received his M.F.A. from Alfred University followed by three years working for the United Nations in Jamaica. Doug exhibits, lectures and teaches around the world. www.dougcasebeer.com
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