Josh copus: making in place
DATES: January 6 - 15, 2020
Led by clay enthusiast Josh Copus, 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 + make things that have increased personal significance. We’ll once-fire the new multi-fuel kiln to cone 10 using desert woods + cow dung. Come ready to try new things and go on adventures. Each day we will spend time immersed in a different part of the Baja landscape, working in harmony with our surroundings of tropical desert, Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and Pacific coastline. We’ll celebrate our time together by building a pizza oven and having a party on the beach.
DATES: April 13 - 22, 2020
Details coming soon. Waitlist only.
SURF WITH GUSTIN
Chris Gustin + Guest Artist Doug Casebeer
Dates: June 17 - 26, 2020
Coils, Slabs and Curls: TDT welcomes Chris Gustin + Doug Casebeer for an exciting ten days of pushing boundaries, squeezing coils, rolling slabs + paddling boards. Three beginner surf lessons included with this workshop package!
Making larger scaled pots on the wheel requires both keen throwing skill and strength. Yet potters for thousands of years have found easier and simpler means of working with larger scaled pots by using simple coils of clay for construction. One on top of another, building with coils offer a tremendous possibility for the potter to pursue both scale and form.
This workshop will explore pottery form through the use of the coil + slab. But big isn’t necessarily best, so we will also look at the history of ceramics and how the use of geometry, ratio, proportion and the relationship between simple shapes (ie. the circle, square, rectangle and triangle) have been used by potters of all cultures to create structure in both the making of pottery and the decoration of surface.