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Ceramics Retreat


Explore unusual and imaginative ways to alter ceramic works with Brad Miller. Participants begin with a basic clay form and end with a unique, expressive piece. We start with hand building techniques to create clay wares. Focus is on methods of altering clay bodies using a wide range of additives. We will also mix and layer with techniques for altering wet clay surfaces. Attendees learn about post-fired surface treatments including sanding, grinding, and polishing techniques and approaches for post-fire assembling and wall mounting options. The results are exciting new variables of working clay making this course ideal for anyone who wants to apply new perspectives to their craft. Retreat includes oxidation firing with both cone 06 red earthenware and whiteware.

Dates and Fees

The Ceramics Retreat with Brad Miller will take place from June 11 through June 22, 2018, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Otis College of Art and Design. Tuition for the program is $1,675. The final deadline for applications is May 1, 2018.

On-campus housing and board may be available for an additional fee, please indicate on the application form if you are interested in this option.

Important fee and registration information: 

  • To Register: Use the Apply Now button below and submit your information and the $20 registration fee by May 1, 2018.
  • A $350 deposit is required within two weeks after the notifications go out to secure your place in the retreat, with the full balance due May 15, 2018. This deposit will go towards the total $1,675 for the retreat.
  • A $35 lab fee for glazes, etc. will be collected on the first day of class. Clay can be purchased during class (a 25lb bag ranges from $10-15). Basic tool kits can be purchased at Graphaids, the on-campus art store.
  • To give everyone the best experience possible, the program is limited to 12 participants.
  • Additional information will be sent to all participants after registration.


Mentor Artists 

Jo Lauria, Program Director

LauriaJo Lauria is a curator, writer, educator, and museum consultant specializing in design and decorative arts. Formerly she held the position of assistant curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Lauria is the organizer of several national touring exhibitions as well as numerous museum-based surveys of craft, design, and decorative arts. Most recently, she organized two design exhibitions for 2015 and 2016, one showcasing the exquisite ceramics of Ralph Bacerra for Otis College of Art and Design (LA), and the other featuring the visionary architecture of William F. Cody for the Architecture and Design Museum (LA). Ongoing, she has consulted with museums and private clients on acquisitions for their permanent collections and/or portfolios. Additionally, for the last five years Lauria has served as Mentor Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design.

Brad Miller, Lead Faculty 

Brad MillerBrad Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene. Using wood, ceramics, and paper for both their physical and conceptual properties, Miller is interested in capturing organic systems through the creation of abstract representations. He is well known for his national workshops, "Altering Clay Bodies and Deconstructing Ceramic Surfaces." Miller has had solo exhibitions at Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO; Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR; Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; and Campo S. Angelo, Venice, Italy. Group exhibitions include Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA; Houston Center for Crafts, Houston, TX; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA; and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1994). His work is included in the collection of Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


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