• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer online coaching & mentoring to advance your practices.

     

    Residencies will resume in St-Raphaël, France in Sept 2020.

    • 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?

     

    Our online coaching, residencies & retreats enable you to embrace well-being, creativity, & boldly embark on the next chapter of your art career from a place of clarity & knowledge

     

    We enable you to:

    • Boost your art practice to a national platform or the international stage
    • Receive personalised professional coaching & mentoring
    • Obtain constructive feedback to help you create innovative & original art that will set you apart from the tens of thousands of artists out there
    • Be part of an exclusive community of like-minded artists

    offered by Wendy Gers (PhD)

    THE ART DOCTOR

    curator | coach | mentor

  • Art Mentoring & Life Coaching

    Advancing your art practice

  • Online coaching, residencies & retreats

     

    Ceramics Residency offers small, curated online & in-person art residencies & retreats where participants extend their art skills through lectures, discussions, group & individual coaching & mentoring sessions.

     

    Then COVID hit...

     

    Now we offer online life coaching & art mentoring programs.

     

    Our programs are designed to advance your art career, creating new opportunities for personal, financial & artistic advancement.

     

    And now it's possible from the comfort of your home... avoiding the need to travel & all those nasty associated risks!

  • Find out more

    Professional development at its most effective!

  • Artists speak about working with Wendy

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    online coaching & mentoring!

  • Grow, learn & advance...

    Together!

    Explore

    Reflect on your practice, set SMART goals, develop an action plan, learn about the international art scene & advance your creative practice from home.

    Create

    Explore new possibilities, develop an innovative & original research project or a new body of art.

    Advance

    Reviews of your work, coaching & mentoring, accountability partnership to ensure you follow your action plan & achieve goals!

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  • While you are in lock-down... feeling unsure about how to advance your ceramics career?

     

    One of the BEST ways to succeed is by participating in Ceramics Biennials, Triennales, Symposia & Festivals.

     

    Because we are committed to advancing your career, Ceramics Residency is offering our FREE Cheat Sheet. This is the definitive list of over 40 International Ceramics Biennales, Triennales, Symposia & Festivals.

     

    It includes all the information you need, such as the number of editions, frequency, the most recent edition, the next edition, website & email. It will:

     

    • Save you time & energy,
    • Allow you to strategically navigate the complex world of international exposure with relative ease,
    • Enable you to advance your career,
    • Create new potential for personal, financial & artistic advancement.

     

    I started compiling this Cheat Sheet many years ago. It is a labour love & is a FREE gift to you, to kick-start the new decade!

     

    You can also turbo-boost your career by developing innovative, world-leading work in one of our upcoming coaching programs, retreats or residencies.

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  • What artists have to say about working with Wendy

    Uplifting, inspiring & life-changing!

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

     

    WENDY GERS (PhD)

    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 member of the Board of Directors of Studio Potter (USA) & the International Academy of Ceramics (Switzerland).

  • LIFE COACHING & ART MENTORING

    Join us for these amazing benefits.

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    Pro Plan

    $1 450

    or $ 247 / month for 6 months

    • 8 group & 4 individual coaching & mentoring sessions over 6 months
    • Bonus - Free email support
    • Bonus - Free membership of private WhatsApp Group
    • Bonus - Free membership of private Resources page with recordings of our group coaching sessions
    • Bonus - Free bespoke worksheets & coaching material
    • Bonus - Free group follow-up coaching call 3 months after program.

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    Executive Plan

    $1 890

    per month or $ 327 / month for 6 months

    • 12 individual coaching & mentoring sessions over 6 months
    • Bonus - Free email support
    • Bonus - Free membership of private Resources page with recordings of our coaching sessions with recordings of our individual coaching sessions
    • Bonus - Free bespoke worksheets & coaching material
    • Bonus - Free group follow-up coaching call 3 months after program.
  • What I will get from this

    This purposeful online getaway inspires & empowers you to transform your art practice.

     

    TIME OUT

     

    Ceramics Residency offers you head-space and time away from your frenetic everyday life (even at home during the COVID 19 pandemic!), with the opportunity to reassess & rejuvenate your art practice.

     

     

    COACHING

    • You will define your personal goals & take steps to reach them.
    • You will work with a combination of mentoring & recognised life coaching tools to stimulate powerful & permanent positive change that will keep you on track for many years to come. 

     

    A FRESH DIRECTION FOR YOUR ART PRACTICE
    • 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.

     

    PROFESSIONAL NETWORK OF LIKE-MINDED COMPANIONS

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

  • Fantastic... I love it!

    How about more information?

  • SPECIAL FOCUS

    Individual coaching & mentoring sessions enable 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.
  • 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 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

    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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    ARTISTIC PROFILE

    • While Ceramics Residency focuses on clay-based practices, we embrace contemporary trans-disciplinary dialogues with other means of creative expression - including, but not limited to, photography, writing, performance, painting, dance etc.
    • Participants must have at least 3 years of art experience.
    • A Fine Art qualification is preferred, but not essential. 

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    • Participants need to be fluent in English to benefit from the program.

    AGE

    Participants must be at least 21 years old.

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