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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom


Instructor: Brian Ransom
July 3–8, 2017 (Monday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


The concepts and making of the earliest Whistling, and Whistling Water Vessels (which are finally receiving some notoriety today) were originally created in clay by pre-Columbian artists inhabiting the new world Americas, as early as 3,000 to 5,000 years BCE. In this workshop we will explore the physics, construction, and meaning behind these enigmatic sounding, musical sculptures. Students will build a variety of sounding forms, culminating in the creation and firing of their own whistling (or water sounding) vessel. Both research materials, ceramic, as well as musical knowledge and advice, will be given to students by the instructor. Students will leave the Mendocino Art Center with finished pieces.


BRIAN RANSOM is Professor of Visual Art at Eckerd College, a four year liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is most noted for his sounding sculptures and musical instruments whose primary resonators are ceramic, although they increasingly employ an unusual variety of media and installation venues in their presentations. Ransom's musical compositions, which he writes for his original ceramic musical instruments, have been featured in recordings, film and video soundtracks and ballet scores throughout the past 20 years. His sounding sculptures have been exhibited and collected internationally. He has lectured extensively including giving an interactive presentation at Harvard University on acoustics. Among the awards Ransom has received are the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture, the Fulbright/Hayes Fellowship in Peru, and several state Arts commission grants.

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