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Micaceous Clay Open Studio – G21A0124WI

Open to New Mexico residents and out-of-state residents who have quarantined in NM for 14 days prior to arrival at the ranch.

In this two-week open studio with guided instruction, participants will be offered an array of skills ranging from the beginning properties of clay to the final sophistication of the surface finish and firing.

Depending on participants’ desires, we will touch on primitive techniques using earthenware dug right on Ghost Ranch, micaceous techniques and the advantages of using micaceous clay ranging from primitive to modern.

There will be opportunities to do some wheel work with stoneware clay as well as hand building with coils, slabs and free form molding along with surface texture and decoration.  It is always fun to try combining wheel thrown and hand built pieces be they functional or sculptural.

Note: Priority given to 2-week participants. IF spaces are still open at Dec 1, a one-week option will become available. Email Ben Ahern-Wild at bena@ghostranch.org if you are wanting to be on the one-week Wait List.

Reserve your space with a $200 deposit. Click blue button (upper right).

2-week Immersion
Dates: Sunday-Friday, January 10-22, 2021 (12 nights)
Rate: $2,195
Includes: (12) nights lodging, 38 meals, + studio space/tuition

2nd person in the same room taking same course or different course – $1,295
2nd person in the same room not taking a course/Non-Participant – $495

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies to limit touchpoint and sharing.



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Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or other person that shares your full-time residence.


  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • Barbara Campbell
    Barbara Campbell

    Barbara Campbell is an experienced potter whose beautiful work can be seen in galleries throughout the area and on the El Rito Studio Tour. She teaches regularly and has been selling her work at the Ghost Ranch weekend mercados for several years.

    “When I went off to college, I planned to study to become a foreign diplomat, but when I took a pottery class elective in my first year all my plans changed. I was so fascinated by the material I transferred into Fine Arts and got my degree in Ceramics. I have been exploring the infinite facets of pottery making ever since. I have lived and worked in the village of El Rito for over thirty years making a living as a potter. I spend part of each summer and a month in the winter teaching pottery at The Ghost Ranch Conference center near Abiquiu, New Mexico. My current work is mainly in functional Stoneware pieces, but I spend a few months each year doing sculptural work. My newest work is inspired by a twenty-five day river trip through the Grand Canyon as well as various Canyonlands hiking and back packing trips. I find daily stimulation from the beautiful landscape right here at home.”


Jan 10 - 22 2021



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