Boot Camp


Or,  BOOT CAMP for those working FIGURATIVELY

July 2-11 + in California at Cal. State University, Long Beach. Los Angeles

Fancy two (possibly plus) intensive weeks of long days of hard work, community building and exchange of ideas while you enjoy the facilities of one of the best equipped ceramics facilities in the USA?

USCLB has offered these intensives twice before on alternate years. This one is based on figuration and for the first time has made it an open call and they welcome applications from off-shore. There are places for approximately 25 students to work with nine, major, internationally top-ranked, artists. Each day will focus upon a different artist by way of demonstrations and lectures and conclude with a shared meal and further discussion. Workspace, materials and technical support is offered alongside planned and impromptu instruction from the guest artists and studio access is 24/7. There will be a moderated, more formally structured, discussion session at Long Beach Museum of Art on the final day.

It’s all designed to sharpen focus and broaden the range of possibilities and ideas.

Their goal is to bring together a group of highly motivated and committed students of the ceramic arts for a ten-day experience of intensive work. It may be possible to extend the work period – up to 5 days – to complete work if necessary, at a modest access charge. Selection will be based upon portfolio review and statement of intent.

Cost: US$1000 ( scholarships available on a limited basis)

Meals US$125

Materials US$75 (Includes 200 lbs of clay/glazes/firing)

Accommodation extra but access to particular discounts for hotels and back-packers etc is offered.

Of course there is also the airfare and incidentals – maybe 2500 (NZ$) All up NZ$5000 should do it as the exchange rate is currently the best it has been for 30+ years. So if serious about your ceramic art, interested in the figurative and have that sort of spare cash or a lovely sponsor. Think about this opportunity as it cannot happen in this way here in NZ. Unfortunately timing does not make it suitable for a CNZ application.

Contact me for any further information while considering the names and specialties for the following visiting artists engaged in this session and who all have websites available.

Beth Cavener Stichter : gesture and metaphor

Gerrit Grimm : Non-traditional building tools

Matt Wedel: Scale and symbolism

Chris Miles : Abstraction

Tip Toland : Hyper-realism and the non-ceramic surface

Tae-Hoon Kim : Humour

Myungin Kim : 2D-3D

Sun-Koo Yuh : Story-telling and colour

Christina Cordova: Archetype





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