Special Topic Class – Large Coil Construction

Special Topic Class – Large Coil Construction

Instructor: Ben Roti
October 9 – November 13, 2019 (6 Weeks)
Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
$216 (Member)
$240 (Non-Member)

Humans were creating ceramic objects of use and beauty 30,000 years ago. The versatile coil pot, with its methodical rhythm of building both symmetrical and asymmetrical forms, lends us endless possibilities. In this 6 week class, learn to create thin-walled coil pots using historical vessels as your template. Combing traditional techniques with contemporary design, we will explore nuances of form and surface. Finished work will be bisque fired and glazed after the completion of the class, allowing us time to focus primarily on building technique. This class will require outside open studio time to complete your large coil pot.

25lbs of clay is provided (additional clay can be purchased)

Some tips and what to bring...
  • Wear play clothes!  Shoes should be old or washable
  • Leave jewelry at home, especially rings, bracelets or watches
  • If your hair is long, bring a tie-back
  • Tools are provided, but if you want your own we sell low-cost packs
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!
About Ben Roti

Ben Roti is a ceramic artist originally from Spirit Lake, IA. He attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, from 2006 to 2010 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics. During college, Ben’s ceramic work concentrated on the elements of world conflict culminating in his BFA show, “The Cost of War.” After finishing his BFA, Ben accepted a position as a studio assistant to the ceramic artist, Don Reitz in Clarkdale, Arizona.

Over several years (2010-2014), Ben had the opportunity to work with Don Reitz in the studio, assist with workshops in Montana and Florida, and was instrumental in the installations of gallery shows in Chicago, Denver, and Kansas City. At the Reitz Ranch, Ben furthered his knowledge in atmospheric firing with wood and salt types as well as a soda kiln in St. Petersburg, FL. He also was a part of constructing and repairing kilns.

Since leaving the Reitz Ranch, Ben has returned to creating functional works using low-fire earthenware clay and has begun to develop a new body of work. Using reductive techniques, through sandblasting, Ben is able to build variations and create layers, which are inspired by the results that are commonly seen in atmospheric firing.

Ben currently resides in Cottonwood, Arizona, with his wife, Kami and son, Leo.

Ben worked with the renowned Don Reitz and is currently part of the team building an arts program at the Reitz Ranch including workshops and classes.


If you’re having troubles 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.

Reitz Ranch Cancellation Policy

– RR will offer a full refund of registration/class fees if cancellation is made at least 48 hrs. in advance of first class.

– If cancellation occurs less than 48 hrs. prior to the start of a class, participant will forfeit 50% of the total class fee, or, at the request of participant RR may credit the total amount to be used on alternative class at a later date.

– If cancellation or no-show occurs once the class has commenced RR reserves the right to withhold all Fees paid by participant. However, RR understands that extenuating circumstances may occur and will make every effort to take these into consideration. In some cases, participant may be eligible to receive a partial or full credit towards another class.


Details Price Qty
Coil Construction Registration (Members)- 6 Weeksshow details + $216 (USD)   Expired
Coil Construction Class Registration (Nonmembers)- 6 Weeksshow details + $240 (USD)   Expired

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