Ceramics Courses

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Spring Term 2017: January 30 - May 6, 2017
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Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis from Thursday, November 10, until classes fill. Early registration is strongly recommended – classes fill quickly. No refunds after the first class meeting. Registration Fees>

Spring 2017 Ceramics Courses - Registration is now closed.

Absolute Beginners

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 18 - April 22    CLOSED
Days/Times: Saturdays, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate

Instructor: Marc Mancuso


Course description: Ready to try your hand at the wheel? Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor guides you through preparing and centering the clay and then invites you to work on a variety of forms. These will later be able to be decorated and glazed. A great way to hone your skills or to let us introduce you to our studio! 10 classes/12 weeks.

Architectural Ceramics - Stacked Forms

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 7 - April 25   CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Allison Newsome


Course description Explore how totemic or stacked sculpture has been addressed and historically incorporated into architecture and public works – ultimately making multiple components that are then stacked together. These architecturally inspired forms may combine the human figure, animals, fruit and flowers. The surface treatment will focus on using polychrome painting on a white opaque surface with metallic oxides and stains inspired by Della Robbia. This class caters to those students continuing from the Fall semester as well as welcoming new students. The class work will be displayed on the grounds of the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds in Newton, MA. 12 classes/13 weeks.

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: January 31 - April 18     CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
InstructorsStephanie Young


Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks.

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates:  January 30 - April 24   CLOSED
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm 
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks. Note: No class on President's Day, Monday, February 20th

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 3 - April 21  CLOSED
Days/Times: Fridays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
InstructorZac Mickelson

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 2 - April 20   CLOSED
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks.

Combined Methods

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 1 - April 19   CLOSED
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Kyla Toomey

Course description: This course is primarily a studio class structured around student proposals for a current body of work in combination with thematic assignments. Assignments will highlight and examine advanced process based learning involving surface techniques, altered or complex forms, basic mold making and glazing techniques. 12 classes/14 weeks.

Explore Soda Firing

Semester: 

Spring

Dates:  February 10 - April 14  CLOSED
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Course description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel thrown forms by using soda slips, washes as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a soda fired functional pot.  The experience of building a larger vocabulary of soda firing possibilities and results will lay the groundwork for new directions for functional work. 10 classes/13 weeks.

Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 13 - April 24   CLOSED
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Mitch Shiles

Course description: This class will cover technical information about glaze and clay formulation. Along with technical information, students will learn about contemporary and unconventional usages of clay and glaze materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, convert glazes to different temperatures, alter surface qualities, and prevent glazing defects. Each class will start with a presentation with both technical and conceptual uses of glaze. The presentation will be followed by a lab in which students practice methods discussed in the lecture. 10 classes/No Lab. NOTE: No class on Monday, February 20th for President's Day.


Molds and Multiples

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 1 - April 19     CLOSED
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Mark Burns

Course description: Utilizing mold making techniques is an interesting, contemporary approach to producing objects quickly whether it be a set of mugs or multiple versions of an object that come together to form compelling installation or sculpture. Students will learn to make 1, 2 and 3 part molds for press molding and slip casting. We will be working from found objects as well as learning methods of prototyping to produce the objects from an original. 12 classes/14 weeks.

Sculpting the Head

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 2 - April 20   CLOSED
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course description: In this course, students will sculpt the head in clay. A basic construction format will be presented. The instructor will demonstrate techniques for modeling human features, and then students will use these techniques to create their own sculptures. As the course progresses, students will make additional heads working directly from the model. At the end of the class, students finish and hollow out their sculptures and prepare them for the firing process. 12 classes/14 weeks.

The Narrative Vessel

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 14 - April 18  CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00 pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Mark Burns

Course description: Join internationally recognized ceramic artist, Mark Burns, in exploring the narrative vessel form. This course will utilize hand building and sculptural techniques to create vessels that, in some way, convey a narrative. Subject matter will explore both personal and subjective themes. The history of narrative and storytelling through imagery and form on the ceramic vessel is a rich one and will be investigated within this class. Discussions of surface, color, and application techniques will be included at multiple firing temperatures. 10 classes/12weeks.

Tiles

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 15 - April 19   CLOSED
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Marek Jacisin

Course description: Discover the various techniques to design and produce one of a kind and multiple low relief, clay tiles. The class will include design techniques, working on a primary sketch, transferring the image onto clay, carving and cutting the tile using an assortment of tools. Simple and more advanced decorating techniques will be introduced including the use of mold-making. 10 classes/12 weeks.

Wheel Intensive

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 13 - April 24   CLOSEDSteve Murphy
Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description: Focusing primarily on the wheel, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. Special attention will be given to creating larger vessels and lids, pouring vessels, multiples and executing more sophisticated forms. Class demonstrations will be approximately 35-45 minutes long with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. 10 classes/12 weeks. NOTE: No class on Monday, February 20th for President's Day.

Wheel Throwing

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 9 - April 13   CLOSED
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Kirsten Bassion

Course description: Unravel the mysteries of the potter’s wheel and surface decoration in this fun, intensive class.  The fundamental techniques will be covered as you learn to center, throw and trim a variety of functional forms including cups, bowls, and vases.  Students with basic skills will focus on refining techniques and be challenged with more complex forms. Class time will be comprised of demonstrations, critiques and ample hands-on-time. 10 classes/13 weeks.