*No Class Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018
This class demystifies working with soft slabs and deals with the essential components in creating unique slab-built objects. Classroom participants will learn the basics of constructing objects with clay slabs and tar-paper patterns. Ben Roti will cover necessary techniques for hand-building simple functional forms as well as the more complex lids, spouts, and handles. While demonstrating functional forms, discussions regarding various aspects of utility, scale, and the importance of intent will take place. The class will facilitate one-on-one interactions in a creative environment where experimentation is encouraged and individual development is nurtured. All levels welcome.
25lbs of clay is provided (additional clay can be purchased)
(Current members receive a 10% discount on all classes and workshops)
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.