Beginner/Intermediate  |   Hesperia, California

Program Overview:

Harness the elements of earth, water, air, and fire by combining ceramic art with earthen architecture. Our new ceramics program at Cal-Earth will provide students with an opportunity to learn about clay and ceramics, create and take home functional and sculptural art work, and design finish elements for Earthen structures. Learn with ceramic artist and Earth builder instructor, Brandon Evans. Come stay at Cal-Earth this Summer to be inspired and learn to take clay from its raw moldable form and fire it into timeless and livable art!

Program Details:

Limited to 8 students. No prior experience necessary, a range of experience levels is encouraged. Beginner to advanced lessons. The program will focus on individual artistic growth with functional and sculptural work, as well as group projects focused on developing architectural concepts, and finishing elements in our Earthen structures. Demonstrations, hands on experience, and projects possible will be adapted to skill level of students, interests, time available, and current site goals.

Topics Covered:

Wheel throwing
Hand building
Functional pieces like mugs, dinnerware and cookware
Sculptural pieces
Harvesting, processing, mixing and recycling clay and glazes
Various glazing and decorating methods
Designing and modeling
Firing techniques, such as electric, gas, raku, pit fire, etc.

Research Topics May Include (but, not limited to): 

Ceramic window frames
Wall/floor tiles
Roof tiles for dome and vault buildings
Installation of ceramic elements into buildings
Water filtering and Watering vessels
Light fixtures
Kiln building and theory
Firing architectural scale structures/sculptures

July 1- August 2, 2019- Postponed to 2020

Cost: $2000 ($400 deposit required to reserve space)

Working as an instructor for the Ceramics Apprenticeship has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done at Cal-Earth Institute. Through teaching this program, I’ve been able to apply my education and personal work with clay to help others experience the joy of creating. Seeing the transformation happen not only in the student pieces but in my own has helped me grow exponentially. Cal-Earth has provided me with such a welcoming environment to experiment and explore new ideas of working with clay.
— Caitlin Deane, Instructor


  • Gear students will need to bring: Appropriate Summer clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, long sleeves, leather work gloves, closed toe shoes, work boots, fire gear (high temp gloves, pants, long sleeves) ,aloe, safety glasses, dust mask/respirator (95 or 100 rating)


If for some reason you are unable to attend the workshop you registered for, your deposit may also be applied to another course that same year if you notify Cal-Earth at least two weeks before the start of a course.

If you wish to withdraw completely and cannot reschedule, a $50 registration fee will be deducted and your remaining balance refunded if you notify Cal-Earth two weeks prior to the start of the workshop. Any cancellations within two weeks of the workshop will not be refunded, only transfered.

If Cal-Earth cancels the workshop due to low enrollment your tuition will be fully refunded or transferred.