2015 Ghost Ranch Workshop:  Transformations

Enjoy a creative weekend in Georgia O’Keeffe country with sculptor Debra Fritts

September 11 to September 13, 2015

This workshop features Debra Fritts, nationally known sculptor residing in Abiquiu.  Located at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, the weekend will be held in Pot Hollow, the ranch's ceramic art workshop. 

Being at Ghost Ranch, we are surrounded by so much natural beauty.  Let’s allow the landscape to inform us with interesting forms and textures.  Through sketching and observing, many possibilities and ideas will allow new approaches to tell our story in figurative sculpture.”  

Demos, discussions, and hands-on work will include technical information on facial features, hand building techniques, and a painterly way to treat the surface.

The NMPCA has been conducting workshops at Ghost Ranch for over 40 years.  In 2012, Debra gave a short demonstration at the New Mexico Connections workshop.  Everyone so enjoyed that experience, so we are delighted to have Debra return to work with us for the entire weekend. 


Debra Fritts

About her work:

As time and experience embraces me as a sculptor in clay, I feel free of art trends and fashionable art. My expression is basic yet intrigues me daily to continue this exploration of clay and the female figure. Working intuitively from pounds of wet clay, forms appear and stories develop. These stories dwell on the mysteries and joys of life’s necessities. The search continues until I reach the core: the spiritual level of the sculpture. Then the work can speak. Sometimes combining found objects with the sculpture enhance the visual composition and gives a reference to the past.

Each sculpture is hand built, mainly using thick coils, and fired three to seven times depending on the color and surface I am trying to achieve. I approach the color on the clay as a painter. My palette is a combination of oxides, slips, underglazes, and glazes. I mix, I paint, I fire...


The workshop starts at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 11 and ends at 3:00 pm, Sunday, September 13, 2015.

What to Bring

For the work in clay, bring a camera, notebook, pencil/sharpie to sketch, your favorite brushes or tools (marked with your name) and a piece of plastic to wrap your work. 

Personal items to bring to the Ranch:

Favorite beverages and snacks (we will have water and tea available at Pot Hollow).  You may also buy items from machines and the shop at the Ranch.

A flashlight or headlamp, bug repellant,
sun block, comfortable clothes, sturdy walking shoes, a hat, rain gear, and a jacket or sweater for evenings.  Weather is variable - it can be hot in the day and much cooler at night. Downpours also occur.

You can get a map of hiking trails from the office.  Because the trails are inherently dangerous. please do not hike by yourself. Always watch for rattlesnakes as you walk around.   Quiet time is observed at the ranch after 10:00 p.m.   

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