Upcoming Ceramics Classes

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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom


Instructor: Brian Ransom
July 1–7, 2019 (Monday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


In this hands-on workshop, Brian Ransom will demonstrate many of the throwing, hand-building and assembling techniques he uses in creating his unique sounding ceramic sculptures and musical instruments. You will have the opportunity to make and tune your own during the workshop. There will be discussions with Brian regarding clay bodies, firing techniques (particularly vapor-firing) and both the formal and informal sculptural processes Brian utilizes in his sounding ceramics.


BRIAN RANSOM is Professor of Visual Art at Eckerd 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 30 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 include the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture, the Fulbright/Hayes Fellowship in Peru, and several state Arts commission grants.

Current MAC Members: $648
Non-members: $720 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: None. However, rawhide drumheads may be ordered if there is student interest. They range from $10 to 20 per skin depending on the size and type.

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