• Are you a talented artist whose career is going nowhere?

    Do you feel like a 'diamond-in-the-rough' that needs a little polish?

     

    Ceramics Residency enables you to

    embrace abundance, well-being & creativity, set your work on fire & boldly embark on the next chapter of your art career from a place of clarity and knowledge

     

    offered by Wendy Gers (PhD)

    THE ART DOCTOR

    curator | coach | mentor

    • Despite your talent and dedication, is your art career is going nowhere?
    • Do you need help to move on?


    Come with us to one of our inspirational international destinations where you can escape from your daily grind & receive personalised coaching & mentoring create the kind of art that will set you apart from tens of thousands of artists out there.

     

    This is a unique opportunity to work with the acclaimed international curator & art coach, Wendy Gers (PhD) - the art doctor - to advance your art practice.

     

    This is not your typical ho-hum art retreat or ceramics residency where you learn some fancy glazes, exotic surface treatments, making or firing techniques. Neither are you left alone to 'get on with it'.

     

    This is a life-altering transformational residency that will create the radical results you are seeking for your art practice.

  • About

     

    Ceramics Residency offers small, curated art residencies that focus on making new work in inspiring, supportive environments.

     

    Participants extend their art skills through lectures, discussions, group & individual mentoring sessions.

     

    This is the opportunity to undertake fresh research, create & document new work, advance your career, creating new opportunities for personal, financial & artistic advancement.

     

    Your journey begins when you sign up. It starts with your travel planning, takes off with a finely curated artistic adventure, & fantastic opportunities to spend time with interesting, talented like-minded artists.

     

    We will ensure that you have the intellectual, artistic & technical support to move your practice to the next level.

  • Unique Residencies

    inspiring destinations & program

  • WHEN

    17 Feb to 15 March 2020

     

    WHERE

    The residency is held in picturesque Saint-Raphaël, a port village on the French Riviera. Residents will be immersed in local culture, heritage & the world-famous Mediterranean 'art de la vie'.

  • Coup de Cape 2020

    WHEN

    From 20 April - 1 May, participants will engage in a 2-week Intensive in the legendary South African 'Mother City'.

     

    WHERE

    We will be hosted by Katherine Glenday's spectacularly renovated 'Old Forge' in the hipster neighbourhood Kalk Bay. This small working fishing village, brimming with cool bistros, barista coffee-shops & hipster galleries, is buttressed by the crags of Table Mountain.

  • Barca Beat 2020

    WHEN

    01 June to 26 June 2020

     

    WHERE

    The 4-week residency is held in the cultural hotspot of Spain, Barcelona. Our host, the Corrie Bain Ceramics School is located in the heart of the city, in the Poble Nou neighbourhood, a 5-minute walk from the charming Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, & a 15-minute walk from the beach. Residents will be immersed in the dynamic, cosmopolitan capital known for its excellent cheap food, incredible museums & distinctive architecture by Antoni Gaudí.

  • WHEN

    From 06 Sept - 03 Oct 2020, residents will be inspired by the incredible natural environment & have unique opportunities to embrace local Indian culture, history, traditions, festivals & customs.

     

    WHERE

    Our luxury lodge & equipped ceramics studio & workspaces are located in the Tirthan valley, near the Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • 17 Feb - 15 March 2020

  • Program

    Ceramics Residency is an opportunity for you to expand your creative practice.

    Explore

    Reflect on your practice, explore new possibilities & recharge your creative batteries.

    Create

    Develop a new body of ceramic work or a fresh interdisciplinary research project.

    Document

    Photograph & archive your work in a unique environment.

  • Acclaimed international Curator, Activist Scholar & Coach

     

    Wendy GERS (BA, AUDIS, MA, PhD)

    Award-winning curator, consultant & scholar, Wendy is specialised in modern and contemporary ceramic art and design. She has curated major exhibitions on 3 continents including Biennales in China and Taiwan. Her curatorial leadership was celebrated by the City Press’s inclusion of Gers in its list of 100 ‘World-Class South Africans’ (2014).

     

    Gers has authored numerous catalogues, book chapters and scholarly articles, including the acclaimed monograph on Southern African Potteries, Scorched Earth (Jacana Media, 2016). She has delivered over 60 public lectures in 20 countries, taught internationally, and was Academic Director of the post-graduate research laboratory, La Céramique Comme Experience (CCE) at ENSA Limoges (2015-2018).

     

    Wendy is a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), a member of the Board of Directors of The Studio Potter (USA) and the International Academy of Ceramics (Switzerland).

     

    In 2019 she founded Ceramics Residency, an international retreat that offers artists professional coaching and artistic mentoring, to advance their practices.

     

    'After 25 years in the field, this is my way to give back by sharing the solidarity, wisdom & support I have received from friends and colleagues who have nurtured and mentored me along this incredible journey from South Africa to Australia, the USA, France, Spain, England, China, Taiwan and Israel-Palestine.

     

    Ceramics Residency is an opportunity to share my passion for excellence, innovation & originality in contemporary ceramics. It is a haven of well-being, empathy, creativity, trust & solidarity.'

    Get in Touch with Wendy!

    Sign up for a free creative consultation

  • Coup de Cape

    20 April - 1 May 2020

  • Testimonials

    What leading artists are saying about Wendy's leadership & visionary mentoring skills

    Yanze Jiang _ Portrait _ Ceramics Rsidency _ Wendy Gers

    'I met Wendy Gers at the 2014 Taiwan Ceramic Biennale, as one of the invited artists. In 2015, on her way to the Henan Museum, Wendy visited my studio which was located in a ceramic factory. On my window-sill, she saw some small pieces of industrial honeycomb ceramics that I had carved. Wendy instantly understood the significance and potential of these small tests. She encouraged me to develop them into a large sculptural installation, and the “City & Shanshui” series was then shown in the exhibition she curated in Henan.

     

    From my view, Cont{r}act Earth: First Central China International Ceramics Biennale was the best professional international ceramic exhibition held in mainland China. The exhibition shows Wendy’s ability as a curator to nurture artists to expand their practice. With her professional judgment, insight and communication skills, she is an excellent helper for artists.'

     

    Yanze Jiang

    China

    'Working with Wendy Gers has been one of the greatest professional gifts & catalysts in my professional practice as a ceramic artist.

     

    As a nurturing curator, she thoughtfully engaged & encouraged me, giving me the freedom & the challenge to develop an entirely new, organic form, culminating in a major body of work. My collaboration with Wendy resulted in a 64 piece-installation for the First Central China International Ceramics Biennale, at the Henan Museum.

     

    She was instrumental in helping me forge this whole new direction, broadening my creativity and international market appeal. I highly recommend Wendy for her professional nous & integrity as a curator, & her personal ability to bring the best out an artist.'

     

    Pippin Drysdale

    Australia

    Pippa Drysdale _  Ceramics Residency _ Wendy Gers
    Wan Liya. Central China Ceramics Biennale.

    'The first time I met Wendy Gers was at Jakarta Ceramic Biennale & Conference Indonesia in 2014. She gave a very interesting lecture with rich knowledge about ceramic art & history.

     

    Wendy & I got to know each other when she started to work as the curator on First Central China International Ceramic Biennale 2016. We corresponded about the theme & concept of the exhibition. I submitted 3 of my proposals & she helped to improve them a lot. Finally, I made a perfect ceramic installation work on the beautiful exhibition of the Biennale.

     

    I experienced her hard-working & professional talent with high knowledge during the whole process of the Biennale. I think these are not only based on her rich expertise & experience about ceramic art but also because of her close communication with good ceramic art society worldwide.

     

    For me, she is one of the best curators & experts of ceramic art & history I have ever met in the world.'

     

    Wan Liya

    China

    Dragonstone series, 2016

    Thanks to Wendy Gers I had the chance to bring a quite unknown new technique into a totally new platform. She had the ability to see potential in this relative unknown material & asked me to come over to China & develop this research into a new level within a local factory. The outcome was a surprising result of Chinese classical forms in combination with a new technique from the Netherlands.

     

    I admire the power of Wendy to put out a statement that she finds important & actually gets it done within China. An environment where it is not easy to make any change.

     

    Thinking about the First Central China Biennale, many international artists & designers greatly respect her work as a curator, mentor & facilitator of new ideas. Wendy is someone who pursues excellence & innovation & can bring out the best of an artist.

     

    Jolan van der Wiel

    The Netherlands

    'I first met Wendy Gers when she was planning and formulating her winning proposal for the Taiwan ceramics biennale 2014.

     

    Right from the start, I was struck by her well-thought-out vision& ambition for the biennale. Her scholarly knowledge & intelligent selection of the projects she included made the biennale a memorable event & it was a great honour to be included.

     

    Since then we have stayed in touch & I have continued to be impressed by her knowledge & passion for the subject & her total dedication & professionalism in whatever she does.'

     

    Bouke de Vries

    England

    'During my residency for the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Wendy encouraged me to create new forms & produce collaborative work with local master Chan, & scale up my works…

     

    She motivated me to develop my drawings as a key aspect of my practice & display them alongside my works as interpreting environments is essential to my process.'

     

    Andile Dyalvane

    South Africa

    Oren Arbel & Noam Tabenkin. First Minimisation, 2018.

    'During 2016 we were involved in the unique ‘Postcolonialism?’ exhibition, together with 18 artists from Israel & abroad. During this project we were given the opportunity to be curated by Wendy Gers – an exciting journey that enabled us to develop our innovative ceramic project.

     

    Wendy brought with her an objective & broad perspective to the complex issue of the postcolonial debate in Israel and worldwide. She showed great sensitivity escorting us through the process & enriching it with valuable inputs while, on the other hand, ensuring our independence.'

     

    Oren Arbel & Noam Tabenkin

    Israel

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    Barca Beat

    01 - 26 June 2020

  • Details

    Participants

    AGE: Participants must be at least 21 years old.

     

    PROFILE

    • While Ceramics Residency focuses on clay-based practices, we strive to create a trans-disciplinary dialogue with other practices, including painting, photography, sculpture, film, design, craft & creative writing.
    • Participants must have at least 3 years of art experience. A Fine Art qualification is preferred, but not essential. 

    LANGUAGES: Participants need to be fluent in either English or French to benefit from the program.

    Registration

    1. Complete 'Request for Information' box at the bottom of the page.                      
    2. We will send you additional information
    3. Payments can be made by PayPal, Debit or Credit card on this site or via cheque (GBP) or bank transfer.
    4. Prior to your departure, you will be sent a document called: "Preparing for your Residency" which includes a final itinerary, supplies you may need to bring, airport meet & greet arrangements & any other information we think necessary.
  • 06 Sept - 03 Oct 2020

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