*No class Tuesday, February 5, 2019
This class will explore the vast subject of ceramic form and surface. Jeff will show you how to utilize tools, texture, and slip along with necessary techniques for developing personalized surfaces for both functional/non-functional forms. Discussions will take place about surface design and decoration, various aspects of utility, scale, and the importance of intent. You’ll have one-on-one interactions in a creative environment where experimentation is encouraged and individual development is nurtured. Some clay experience is required.
25lbs of clay is provided (additional clay can be purchased)
(Current members receive a 10% discount on all classes and workshops)
I have been working in clay since 1991. From the outset, I somehow knew ceramics would be apart of my artistic and professional careers. Like with so many others, I continue being ever more intrigued and amazed at the potential of this plastic material.
Over the years I’ve sought out inspiration and people to further my education in clay. Working for or assisting various artists throughout the years. Michael Frasca at his studio in Cincinnati, Spring Street Pottery. His work ethic and high standards have served me well over the years.
I followed Mike to Lexington, Ky where I assisted him and his partner Zoe Strecker at there newly established studio and farm near shaker village. Both absolutely brilliant and amazing artists.
In 2004 I moved to Phoenix with my wife Stephanie. I thought I might pursue graduate school at ASU. That was not to be. We began carving out a life without clay for the next couple of years. Not good.
I finally made my way over to the Mesa Arts Center and back to clay. The MAC had just built a small wood kiln. Jack Troy led a weekend workshop and that was it for me. I never even considered firing my ceramics any other way than in an atmospheric kiln after that.
The MAC enabled me to connect with so many great artists and people. Takashi Nakazato and his assistant Kazu Obas’ influence on me has been profound and lasting. This is how I came into initial contact with Don Reitz. It was no more than a handshake and a hello, but it’s why I’m here at the ranch now. I never again wanted to let an amazing opportunity pass me by as I did then.
I am so honored and joyous at what these next chapters in my artistic and professional lives have in front of me and my family. The adventure beginning anew as the newest long-term resident artist at Reitz Ranch. Along with the rest of the Ranch family, I hope to grow and shape the ranch into something that Don Reitz would have been proud to look down on from his picture window up at the house.
If you’re having trouble registering please call 602-882-8553. Reception can be spotty out here at the ranch, so be sure to leave a message if you don’t get an answer. You can text to that number as well or fill out the form below.