Sounding Ceramic Sculpture | June 9th – 13th, 2014
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 a 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 scores, performs and records, feature the original ceramic musical instruments he creates. His music has been featured in CDs, films, video soundtracks and ballet scores throughout the past twenty five years. Ransom’s sounding sculptures have been exhibited and collected internationally. He has lectured extensively, including presenting an interactive seminar 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 for research in Peru, as well as several private and state arts grants.