Andy Ruble

Find Your Throwing Bliss

June 24th & 25th, 2017

Andy Ruble’s “Find Your Throwing Bliss” workshop is designed to help the beginning through advanced level wheel thrower better understand the fundamentals of manipulating clay on the potters’ wheel. After his initial “Six Steps” demonstration and individual consultation on the wheels, more advanced techniques will be demonstrated. Tall cylinders, vases, bowls, and pouring vessels will be discussed throughout the weekend, with an emphasis placed on form, function, surface embellishment, and craftsmanship.


Andy Ruble creates sculptures that explore the hybridization of organic and architectural structure.  As objects in nature and manmade objects reflect the same natural laws, his work shows how the analogous structures of both are important to the survival of the whole. His work simultaneously conveys the beauty of natural arches and the grace of cathedral naves. Currently Director of Ceramics at Foothill College and tenured faculty member, Andy has held prior teaching posts at Cabrillo College, Monterey Peninsula College, Southeastern Louisiana University, and he has worked as West Coast MFA advisor and mentor for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He holds an MFA from Louisiana State University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Andy was the 2010 winner of the internationally juried exhibition “Feats of Clay” and winner of several California Clay Competition Awards including Best of Show in 2006. Andy was also awarded the prestigious Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship in 2010 ($20,000 award), and was a finalist in last years internationally juried Zanesville Prize. Andy currently maintains his studio at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA.

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