As I said in my artist statement: There are really no new ideas under the sun and as artists we merely act as alchemists, mixing up new “brews” from old stuff. We can learn new techniques, borrow ideas and share thoughts with others but, in the end, we must get out of the way and allow the magic and mystery of our own creative process to take us over. We walk a tightrope in our quest for unique expression, balancing disciplined practice and relaxed attention. The idea to open my home and studio for ceramic workshop retreats was born of just such a process.
I am not sure if nature abhors a vacuum but I guess I must because just when my calendar for this year looked clear, a new vision popped into the void as fully formed as any piece of art I have ever envisioned.
For 33 years I have been blessed to live and work in paradise. My “commute” to work is one minute on foot to my gorgeous studio watched over by majestic Mt. Sopris in the heart of the Colorado Rockies just a half an hour from Aspen, CO. Now I am inviting you to come and experience for yourself what it is like to nurture your creativity surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. You will be part of a small focus group of fellow artists and, while the emphasis will be on expanding your technical knowledge and improving your skills, we will be mixing it up a bit so be ready for some fun and adventure as well.
Each day will begin with a buffet style breakfast followed by a demonstration and hands on instruction in the studio. Limiting the sessions to small groups ensures that each person will receive as much individual attention as needed. After the lunch break, students are free to return to the studio for an open work session or take the rest of the day off to enjoy the various activities the area has to offer. I will be available in the studio for questions and critique in the late afternoon before moving on to dinner and the evening activities.
The focus of the workshops will be on surface decoration techniques and each student will work toward returning home with a finished tile mural or backsplash. The skills acquired in this exercise are versatile and in the demos you will learn how your decorated clay slabs can also be used in the construction of vessel shapes and sculptural works. Once you have the basics down, the sky is the limit! To take a peek at the ceramic studio and read more details about workshop content: click here
It’s time to treat yourself to a lush and unforgettable experience. Make this a vacation you will never forget and return home revitalized on every level and brimming over with fresh ideas and new tricks of the trade. Spend some time under the Colorado sun, make some new friends and allow the magic and mystery of the high Rockies to open up your creativity and lift your spirit.
MORE INFORMATION AND ARTICLES ABOUT CANDACE RESNICK
Artist Resume: Download PDF
Ceramics Monthly, Slip Decoration, April 1985: Download PDF
Ceramics Monthly, Cover Article November 1995: Download PDF
Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association Newsletter: Download PDF