Our Courses

Program Title/Description Dates Days/Times Level
CeramicsIndependent Studio
8 weeks or 12 weeks only
Self-directed work for advanced participants previously enrolled who have passed the Electric Kiln test and are capable of processing their own work; includes studio access and other opportunities.

The Ceramics Program studio is open to participants every day during term dates unless otherwise noted from 9 am-11 pm. Weekend hours: 9 am-9 pm.

The Ceramics Program reserves the right to limit studio access due to workshops and special events. Studio will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
Instructor: n/a
Location: Ceramics Studio
8 weeks or 12 weeks onlyIntermediate - Advanced
CeramicsSet in Stone(ware)
8 classes: Explore unusual ways to create traditional functional forms by altering and combining thrown forms. Both spontaneous approaches with soft clay, and more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be explored. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a functional pot. Surface treatments will be introduced at the various stages of the making process to further develop new directions for the functional forms.
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin
Location: Ceramics Studio
Fridays, May 29 - August 710 am - 1 pmIntermediate - Advanced
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
8 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, June 1 - July 20 6:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsPots Upside Down & Inside Out
8 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, June 1 - July 271 - 4 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsMolds and Multiples
8 classes: 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.
Instructor: Mitch Shiles
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, June 15 - August 3 6:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsExploring Clay I
5 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.

Session 1: May 27 - June 24 (5 classes)
Session 2: July 8 - August 5 (5 classes)
Instructor: Zac Mickelson
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 1: Wednesdays, June 3 - July 16:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsSumi Ink Brush Painting I
4 classes each session: Expand your decorative skills tool-kit by studying sumi ink brush painting. We will practice the basic strokes of Chinese/Japanese painting and calligraphy, and learn to combine them into a variety of motifs that suit your style and vision. We will examine the aesthetic rules underlying Asian fine and decorative arts, and consider various ways to apply these to your work. There will be time for discussion, exploration and critique concerning the transference of these painting skills to the ceramic medium. No prior experience required; course can be taken multiple times. There will be a small fee for paper, brush and ink.

Session 1: May 27 - June 17 (4 weeks)
Session 2: July 8 - July 29 (4 weeks)
Instructor: Linda Salter
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 1: Wednesdays, May 27 - June 171 - 4 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsExploring Clay II
5 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.

Session 1: May 27 - June 24 (5 classes)
Session 2: July 8 - August 5 (5 classes)
Instructor: Zac Mickelson
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 2: Wednesdays, July 8 - August 56:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsSumi Ink Brush Painting II
4 classes each session: Expand your decorative skills tool-kit by studying sumi ink brush painting. We will practice the basic strokes of Chinese/Japanese painting and calligraphy, and learn to combine them into a variety of motifs that suit your style and vision. We will examine the aesthetic rules underlying Asian fine and decorative arts, and consider various ways to apply these to your work. There will be time for discussion, exploration and critique concerning the transference of these painting skills to the ceramic medium. No prior experience required; course can be taken multiple times. There will be a small fee for paper, brush and ink.

Session 1: May 27 - June 17 (4 weeks)
Session 2: July 8 - July 29 (4 weeks)
Instructor: Linda Salter
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 2: Wednesdays, July 8 - July 291 - 4 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsSimple Surface Techniques with Stephanie Young
2 three-hour classes: Join nationally recognized studio potter and program instructor Stephanie Young as she demonstrates a variety of surface techniques in this hands-on workshop. Young will demonstrate unique brand of carving as well as some traditional techniques including sgraffito, mishima and sprig molds will be demonstrated. Beginners will be inspired to think about surface in new ways while advanced students will explore better composition and development of personal direction for decoration.
Instructor: Stephanie Young
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursdays, July 16 and July 23 6:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
8 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, June 4 - Aug 66:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
6 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, June 23 - July 28 6:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsImage on Clay
6 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, stenciling, photo-lithography, slip transfers, water-slide decals and relief printing onto clay. Historic and contemporary examples of artists working with these combined techniques will provide inspiration.
Instructor: Janice Jakielski
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, June 30 - August 410 am - 1 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsAll About The Mug
8 classes: The mug may be the quintessential ceramic object, and as such deserves deep consideration. This course will focus exclusively on mugs. Looking first at form and function, then considering handles from every angle, then glazing with an emphasis on color in relation to what is being consumed. Obviously we will have many tea parties to understand these objects through use.

Instructor: Kyla Toomey
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, June 9 - July 281 - 4 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsBuilding Animals/Animals Building
8 classes: Representations of animal forms are among the earliest examples of human art. In contemporary art they serve as metaphor, symbol, kitsch, and as vehicles for personification of human qualities. Animals also build forms in the wild - birds, wasps, bees, beavers, and dung beetles to name a few. In this class we will use various hand building techniques to create animals and/or sculptures inspired by forms that other animals create. Each class will feature a demonstration on hand building or surface techniques as well as provide individual discussion for each student's unique interests.

Instructor: Rachel Eng
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, June 9 - July 286:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsIntermediate - Advanced Molds
8 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: Kyla Toomey
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, June 3 - July 226:30 - 9:30 pmIntermediate - Advanced