• Are you a talented artist whose career is in the doldrums?
    • Do you feel like a 'diamond-in-the-rough' that needs a little polish?
    • Are you experiencing blockages in your art practice? 
    • Is professional isolation hindering your career?


    Ceramics Residency is the opportunity to


    • Boost your art practice to a national platform or the international stage
    • Improve your well-being - both mental & physical
    • Receive personalised professional coaching & mentoring, in addition to excellent technical support
    • Be part of an exclusive community of like-minded artists


    Ceramics Residency enables you to embrace well-being, creativity, & boldly embark on the next chapter of your art career from a place of clarity & knowledge

    offered by Wendy Gers (PhD)


    curator | coach | mentor


    Rise 2020

    Saint Raphaël, France

    17 Feb to 15 March 2020

  • About


    Ceramics Residency offers small, curated art residencies where participants extend their art skills through lectures, discussions, group & individual mentoring sessions.


    Create innovative and original art that will set you apart from the tens of thousands of artists out there.


    This is the opportunity to advance your career, creating new opportunities for personal, financial & artistic advancement.


    This is not your typical ho-hum pottery residency where you learn some fancy glazes, exotic surface treatments... 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.


  • Cape Town, South Africa

    20 April - 1 May 2020

  • Wow! This is what I need!

    I'd love more info & program details

  • WHEN

    17 Feb to 15 March 2020



    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


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



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

  • 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.



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

  • This is for me!

    Let's have some more info & program details

  • Directed by award-winning international Curator, Activist Scholar & Coach



    Award-winning curator & scholar, Wendy is specialised in modern and contemporary ceramic art & design. She has curated major exhibitions on 3 continents including Biennales in China & 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 & scholarly articles, including the landmark monograph on Southern African Potteries, Scorched Earth (2016, Jacana Media, 395 pages). She has delivered over 60 public lectures in more than 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) & the International Academy of Ceramics (Switzerland).

  • Explore

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


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


    Photograph & archive your work in a unique environment.

  • Fantastic... I love it!

    How about more information?

  • Saint-Raphaël, France

    17 Feb - 15 March 2020

  • What I will get from this

    This purposeful getaway stretches your body, mind & art practice. A Ceramics Residency inspires & empowers you to transform your art practice.




    Ceramics Residency offers you time away from your frenetic everyday lifestyle, with the opportunity to rest, reassess & rejuvenate your art practice.




    • You will develop a PCP - Personal Coaching Plan, our signature method that helps bring out the best in you. It supports & encourages you in your personal & professional growth by guiding you while you define your personal goals, & take the first steps to reach them.
    • You will work with a combination of recognised coaching tools to stimulate powerful & permanent positive change that will keep you on track for many years to come. 


    • Inspirational & original work that conveys your new research.
    • Self-confidence & reassurance in the international validity of your new work.
    • New knowledge, artistic references, contextual practice & professional experience gained from working with a world-leading curator & ceramics expert.



    If you participate in one of our 4-week residencies, you will develop an archive of photos of installations of your work - in the city or nature - or both - depending on the Residency location.



    • Numerous scientific studies attest to the long-term sense of overall wellness associated with the daily practice of a creative endeavour.
    • Art induces the experience of “flourishing” - an overall sense of meaning, purpose, engagement & social connection.



    • Being close to nature reduces the production of cortisol - our primary stress hormone. Moreover, clean air, calm surroundings & plants allow you to unwind & be thoroughly rejuvenated with a fresh start to your life upon return.



    • At Ceramics Residency we prioritise a physically active lifestyle & value the many benefits of regular exercise.
    • Whether you are a couch potato, a yogi or marathon runner, we endeavour to support your daily exercise program via an exercise schedule & accountability partner.
    • Professional yoga classes are offered at Coup de Cape & Barca Beat.  
    • If professional yoga classes are not available, voluntary informal yoga sessions & jogging groups are suggested. 
    • So don't forget to pack your trainers & sports kit  :-)



    • You will be part of an international group of artists with similar concerns & interests.
    • You will have the opportunity to spend memorable moments with like-minded people who can become friends, professional collaborators, and / or act as your support system as you work toward your goal.
    • Your colleagues may also act as a mirror to help you identify issues that you couldn't have on your own.
    • Most importantly, they let you realise that you are not alone.



    • A network of international peers, friends & accountability partners, with whom you can remain in touch and grow even after the Residency.

  • This will seriously boost my practice... I love it!

    How about some more information?

  • Himalayas, India

    06 Sept - 03 Oct 2020


    1. Participants benefit from a private hour-long Bonus Individual Creative Consultation (BICC) with Dr Wendy Gers. Your BICC enables you to work on specific challenges facing your practice, including:


    • Portfolio reviews
    • Writing artist statements & promotional material (websites, gallery proposals, blog posts, press releases, exhibition catalogues & artists’ books).
    • Marketing.
    • Pricing & selling work.
    • Documenting & cataloguing work.
    • Applications (funding, open exhibitions, competitions).
    • Identifying new contacts & audiences.

    2. Participants will receive a Personalised Artistic References Dossier (PARD). This dossier has been researched & compiled for your art practice. It contains information & references that will enrich & extend your oeuvre.

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  • 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


    '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


    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 for 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


    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


    '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


  • Who is Eligible?



    • 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, fashion, architecture, performance & creative writing.
    • Participants must have at least 3 years of art experience.
    • A Fine Art qualification is preferred, but not essential. 


    • Participants need to be fluent in English to benefit from the program.
    • Dr Wendy Gers speaks French & Spanish & can assist Francophone & Hispanophone artists, but the official language of the residency is English. All crits, mentoring, lectures & visits are conducted in English.


    Participants must be at least 21 years old.


    Coup de Cape

    Cape Town, South Africa

    20 April - 1 May 2020

  • How It Works




    Download the relevant Brochure/s, Registration Form as well as the Terms & Conditions.


    Sign up for a creative consultation with Wendy.



    Submit Registration Form - it serves as both an Application & Registration.



    • Upon confirmation of acceptance, pay the deposit & later pay the remaining balance.
    • Payments can be made in USD or GBP by PayPal or via bank transfer. 


    Prior to your departure, you will be sent a document called Preparing for your Residency. It includes a list of what you need to bring (such as your computer & a brief pdf presentation of your work) & any other information we think necessary.

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