Our Courses

Program Title/Description Dates Days/Times Level
CeramicsVisiting Artist Workshop: Visiting Artist Mark Hewitt
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Hewitt began life as a son and grandson of Spode china directors. After a three-year apprenticeship with Michael Cardew, Hewitt moved to Pittsboro, NC, where he built a large groundhog-style kiln and, using local clay, began to create his distinctive work. This workshop will coincide with a solo exhibition of his work at Pucker Gallery in Boston.
Instructor: Mark Hewitt
Location: Ceramics Studio
Friday, February 20 Workshop: 10 am – 4 pm Slide Lecture: 5 – 6 pmAll Levels Welcome
CeramicsMade with Class
12 classes: Expand your throwing vocabulary through demonstrations of functional vessels intended to build upon existing skills and push them forward. This session will pull from both the traditional to the innovative to find ways to embellish the thrown form. Students will learn to make and use sprig molds, work with pulled and hand built handles as well as stamps and roller tools to embellish both functional and/or decorative forms.
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin
Location: Ceramics Studio
Fridays, Jan. 30 – April 1610 am – 1 pmIntermediate – Advanced
CeramicsAdvanced and Intermediate Molds
10 classes: Students will continue to build upon their mold making techniques learned in previous courses. Discussion will revolve around how plaster molds are used within contemporary ceramics, art and design. Demonstrations will include the production of gang molds, interchangeable molds, mother molds and the use of computer-aided design for mold creation. Students will be asked to take on independent products pertaining to their particular interest and skill level.
Instructor: Mitch Shiles
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, Feb. 9 – April 136:30 – 9:30 pmIntermediate – Advanced
CeramicsPots Upside Down & Inside Out
10 classes: Explore hand building with clay on a whole new level in this fun yet challenging course. Students will first design and create bisque molds in order to create a library of forms to choose from. Next, using that library of forms, we will create pieces using both slab and coil methods with an eye towards utilitarian pieces. In class demonstrations will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques.
Instructor: Arthur Halvorsen
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, Feb. 9 – April 131 – 4 pmBeginning – Intermediate
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
12 classes: 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.
Instructor: Wayne Fuerst
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, Jan. 26 – April 136:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsExploring Clay I
6 classes: Students who wish to explore ceramics will find this relaxed and fun course appealing as an introduction to wheel throwing and hand building. Texture, slips and glazes will be introduced at different stages to promote investigation into surface decoration. Though the instructor will try to address the needs of each student, please be aware that that the second session of Exploring Clay is not a continuation of the first session in terms of skills taught.
Instructor: Zac Mickelson
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 1: Fridays, Jan. 30 – March 66:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsExploring Clay II
6 classes: Students who wish to explore ceramics will find this relaxed and fun course appealing as an introduction to wheel throwing and hand building. Texture, slips and glazes will be introduced at different stages to promote investigation into surface decoration. Though the instructor will try to address the needs of each student, please be aware that that the second session of Exploring Clay is not a continuation of the first session in terms of skills taught.
Instructor: Zac Mickelson
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 2: March 20 – April 246:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsVisiting Artist Workshop: Visiting Artist Jessica Brandl
Join us for a day of demonstration by our 2014-2015 Artist in Residence as she combines ceramics, drawing and painting to create narrative work set in landscapes with looming architecture, turbulent skies, and misplaced objects. Brandl works with functional terracotta that serves as pointed souvenirs of history and the path to American-ness.
Instructor: Jessica Brandl
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursday, March 5Workshop: 10 am – 4 pm Slide Lecture: 5 – 6 pmAll Levels Welcome
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
12 classes: 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.
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursdays, Jan. 29 – April 166:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsImage on Clay
12 classes: New avenues towards personal expression are realized through applying image-based surface techniques as well as traditional printmaking techniques to ceramics in this project-based class. Techniques demonstrated will include mono printing, silk screening, stenciling, creating water-slide decals, embossing, and relief printing onto clay. Historic and contemporary examples of artists working with these combined techniques will provide inspiration. One class period will be spent observing the instructor’s surface process during a full-day workshop.
Instructor: Jessica Brandl
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursdays, Jan. 29 – April 161 – 4 pmIntermediate – Advanced
CeramicsWheel Throwing
10 classes: 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.
Instructor: Kyla Toomey
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Feb. 10 – April 141 - 4 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
12 classes: 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.
Instructor: Stephanie Young
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Jan. 27 – April 146:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsClay and the Figure: Classical Moments Redefined
12 classes: This course will focus on the transition of the sculptural figure from Classical to Modern by looking at various works throughout history. Students will find inspiration through visits to the Harvard campus to sketch sculptures such as Myron’s Discobulus. Students will explore the newly re-opened Harvard Art Museums to examine, first hand, examples shown in class such as the clay figure models of the Baroque sculptor Lorenzo Bernini. The class will feature live models throughout the semester featuring apparel as students learn to sculpt small-scale and life-sized works using hollow-form and slab construction techniques.
Instructor: Allison Newsome
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Jan. 27 – April 146:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsSeeing the Possibility
12 classes: The world offers us abundance for creative ideas if we know how to look, take the time to gather, and have the ability to brainstorm possibilities for what to do with our discoveries. This course will invite you to think in new ways to produce interesting and meaningful creations in 2 or 3 dimension. We will learn to look at options for ideas and materials and how they can manifest into expressions of personal concepts in creative ways. Slides will be shown of different artists every week. You will be invited to use the materials of your choice for a different theme that is presented weekly: natural & found objects, fibers, wire, screening, clay, paper, graphite, paint, etc.
Instructor: Judith Cooper
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Jan. 27 – April 1410 am - 1 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsCombined Methods
12 classes: 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.
Instructor: Kyla Toomey
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Jan. 28 – April 156:30 – 9:30 pmIntermediate – Advanced
CeramicsAn Introduction to Silcone Molds
6 classes: In this class you will be guided through the process of making small, simple silicone molds. Silicone is a versatile mold making material, allowing you to create reusable molds from myriad of objects, from plant material, to food, to body parts. These molds will make for the perfect exploration of multiples, embellishments for pottery or sculpture and jewelry making. You will learn to cast using a variety of materials including resin, glass, plaster and polymer clay.
Instructor: Janice Jakielski
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Jan. 28 – March 410 am – 1 pmBeginning – Advanced