Upcoming Events


Spring Anagama Wood Firing

May 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - May 27, 2018, 4 p.m.

(intermediate, 18+)

May 20-27, 2018

Lodging fee: $210

Meals: 180

Workshop: $300

Total Package: $690

Instructor: Michael Schael www.woodfirepots.com

Come for a week of wood firing in the Anagama kiln. Bring 50-75 bisque pots and take a few shifts stoking the kiln! Pieces MUST be made from a cone 10 clay body. When you are not at the kiln, feel free to throw pots in the studio, hike trails on our 550 acres of beautiful property, visit Governor Dodge State Park or visit local art gallerie...


Making Pottery with Linda Christianson

May 27, 2018, 5 p.m. - June 1, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

May 27 - June 1, 2018

Lodging fee: $150

Meals: $140

Workshop: $310

Total Package: $600

Instructor: Linda Christianson

This pottery making workshop will focus on our own personal curiosities and improving our individual skills. With daily demonstrations, unique exercises, discussions, and individual attention, we will make well crafted thoughtful pottery.   Personalized skill, idea, and aesthetic development will be stressed.  Pots that are dry will be bisque fired.   All levels are welc...


Make Your Own Tools for Your Ceramic Studio

May 30, 2018, 5 p.m. - June 1, 2018, 5 p.m.

May 30 - June 1  Begins 5:00pm on May 30

Lodging fee: $60

Meals: $55

Workshop: $200

Total Package: $315

Instructor: Joe Cole

Join Joe Cole as he shares and demonstrates the use of the various handmade tools he has come to use on a daily basis at his own ceramic studio.  After demonstrations and discussions, participants will be provided with equipment and materials to make their own unique pottery tools.


Wood Fire - Soda Workshop with Guillermo, Cuellar and Ric Cox

June 3, 2018, 10 a.m. - June 9, 2018, 4 p.m.

(Intermediate level, 18+)

June 3 - 9, 2018

Lodging fee: $180

Meals: $165

Workshop: $325

Total Package: $670

Joe Cole -visiting artist



Join Guillermo and Ric for an exciting week of wood firing and making pots. We will glaze, load, and fire early in the week, followed by a busy week of demos and individual one-on-one help. This is an opportunity to work with each instructor and gain two different approaches to wheel throwing techniques.  ...


Kiln Building Workshop with Potters for Peace

June 10, 2018, 10 a.m. - June 14, 2018, 4 p.m.

June 10 - 14, 2018

Lodging fee: $120

Meals: $110

Workshop: $270

Total Package: $500

Join Robert Pillers, the Potters for Peace Nicaraguan Director, and a few wood fire potters from Nicaragua for a mid-fire, kiln-building workshop. Come build a 'Mani kiln" used throughout Central America to wood fire tumble-stacked, mid-range (cone 6) pottery.  The kiln can be built in about 3 days and will be ready to fire at the end of the workshop!  Bring your own bisque-fired pieces to fire in the kil...


Everything Printmaking

June 22, 2018, 10 a.m. - June 24, 2018, 3 p.m.

June 22 - 24, 2018, 10:00am Friday - 3:00 Sunday

Lodging fee: $60

Meals: $65

Workshop: $200

Total Package: $325

Instructor: Jennifer Mally

Come for 3 days of printmaking! Relief-carve a design in a soft rubber mat and use it to print a series of pictures or cards. Next, experiment with creating mono-prints, spreading color on plastic sheets and then sending it through a etching press to print the image on paper. The final project will be creating a collagraph. Build up a relief design m...


Beyond the Bauhaus-The Art of the Vessel

June 24, 2018, 5 p.m. - June 29, 2018, 1 p.m.

(All levels)

June 24-29, 2018, 5:00pm Sunday - 1:00pm Friday

Lodging fee: $150

Meals: $140

Workshop: $235

Total Package: $525

Instructor: Phil Lyons

Phil Lyons will offer a week of demos and independent wheel time wrapped in discussion about the Bauhaus tradition and its long and important history in our area. Discover the vessel as it relates to form and function. Our gorgeous outdoor setting invites you to explore these new ideas.  This workshop includes an evening performance at the...


Recycled Bag Fabric Art

June 27, 2018, 1 p.m. - June 27, 2018, 4 p.m.

June 27, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Fee: $50

Instructor: Jennifer Mally

Come make usable fabric from your plastic shopping bags! We will make 7 layer fabric and then cut the fabric to sew a bag. Bring bundles of colorful, used plastic shopping bags. The rest of the materials will be provided.


Ceramic Mobile Making

June 30, 2018, 1 p.m. - July 7, 2018, 4 p.m.

June 30 and July 7, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00pm (MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS)

Fee: $80          

Instructor: Jennifer Mally

On June 30th come and design and create a mobile from low fire, ceramic clay. Hand-build the mobile pieces from slabs of clay. Think of shapes like leaves, birds, flowers......color your pieces with underglazes, or leave the clay bare. String your mobile with natural or colored cotton string. Return on July 7th to assemble your fired ceramic pieces into a mobile, complete with hook...


Communing with Clay

July 8, 2018, 5 p.m. - July 13, 2018, 1 p.m.

July 8 -13, 2018, 5:00pm Sunday - 1:00pm Friday

Lodging fee: $150

Meals: $140

Workshop: $235

Total Package: $525

Instructor: Geof Herman

This workshop is a long-standing tradition at Art Ventures. Join Geof and a talented group of potters and sculptors; enhance your skills and learn new techniques through demos, critiques and one-on-one instruction. Extended productive days in the studio are the norm for this workshop. Enjoy the community that develops throughout the week and find inspi...

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