Ceramics

2020 Oct 31

Visit an Artist - En Iwamura

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Zoom

En Iwamura

We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura!

About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment. Through his work, Iwamura intend to create such an encounter with site-responsive installations, and provide through entering the space, an opportunity for viewers to recognize Ma themselves.

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Surface and Form at Home

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Kathy KingSession 2: October 29 - December 10 (6 classes)* 
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Kathy King

Course description: Join Harvard Ceramics Program Director Kathy King in exploring hand building techniques that will provide the canvas for surface design. Whether carving on the clay itself, utilizing basic slips or underglazes to use at home, students will explore composition, narrative and build a vocabulary of imagery and/or pattern systems. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques including sgraffito, mishima, impressed patterns and a few other surprises!

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2020 Oct 30

Visit an Artist - Brad Schwieger

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Brad Schwieger

We're off to Ohio to visit the studio of master potter and sculptor Brad Schwieger. During this one-hour studio visit, Brad will discuss his artistic journey and the parallels he finds between architecture and pottery. "Like architecture, pottery deals with elements of form and structure, interior/exterior, utility or containment, surface detail and adornment. I have attempted to synthesize these interests and produce work that shares the minimal and complex, the miniature and monumental, the formal elements of design, the implied and the possibility of actual function." - Brad Schwieger

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2020 Nov 14

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Arthur Gonzalez

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Arthur Gonzalez

We are honored to have the opportunity to visit one of the most important voices in the the field of ceramics, mixed media sculpture, painting and drawing - Arthur Gonzalez! We will visit with Arthur in his California studio to discuss how he has crafted a career not defined by any one process or material but instead with his own unique brand of storytelling. From the artist's website: "Dark, somber and foreboding, Arthur Gonzalez's works encourage serious deliberation and reflection on the relationship between personal concerns and world issues. Raw in form, lacking in smoothness and rough in finish, the ceramic sculptures give glimpses of a conversation or a contemplation in progress. Gonzalez's creations of ceramic and found objects reveal visions and feelings that are not polished but ongoing processes of gyrating thoughts and churning emotions that threaten to erupt into reality and consciousness to defy the fantasy of a peaceful experience."

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Setting Up Your Home Studio Mini-Course

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
 Sesssion 2: October 29, November 5 and 12 (3 classes)Ben Eberle Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Ben Eberle

Course Description:

In the past six months, artists have faced being isolated from their community studios and some are beginning to think about moving from making art on the kitchen table to something a bit more permanent - a home studio. In this 3-part mini-course, studio potter Ben Eberle will walk us through setting up a home studio. Topics to be discussed will incude purchasing of equipment and furniture, sink use (or what to do if there is no sink access), electric kiln installation and simple repairs and best practice for recycling clay. Students will bring their own questions and concerns to the table and will soon by on their way to working productively at home!

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2020 Oct 10

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Susan O'Byrne

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Susan OByrne

Grab your Zoom passport as we are traveling to Glasgow, Scotland to visit with ceramic sculptor, Susan O'Byrne! Susan gave a lecture at the Harvard Ceramics Program this past year while traveling in the US and she left our audience wanting to see her process in person! We will visit with Susan and learn more about her process though a demonstration during this 2-hour visit!

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2020 Oct 24

Visit an Artist - April Felipe

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

April Felipe

This week, we'll go to Albany, Ohio to visit April Felipe. April explores themes of personal history, identity and belonging through her ceramic work. In this 1-hour studio visit, April will invite us into her home studio to discuss her incredibly crafted sculptural work as well as give us a look at what she is working on now! 

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Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 15 - October 6 (4 classes)Narrative Photography
Session 2: October 13 - November 3 (4 classes)
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced Harvard Undergraduates only
Instructor: Anne Eder - read an interview with Anne Eder on the Harvard Arts Blog.
Course description:Working within the framework of photography, students will use their smartphone camera to document the world around them. Documenting personal narratives is important work as it will become part of the history of this time. We will begin with an intimate COVID portraiture/documentary project that speaks to confinement, environment and family. We will then explore a more imaginative and illustrative approach to visualizing the narrative that they would have preferred or had hoped for, or an alternative fictional story. Builds technical skills and develops visual literacy. No special equipment needed other than a smart phone or camera and an internet connection. Photo credit - Kristen Joy Emack... Read more about Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students

Expressive Drawing for Harvard Undergraduate Students

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 14 - October 5th (4 classes) Expressive Drawing
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Traditional drawings communicate the appearance of things from a fixed point of view at a frozen moment in time, whereas expressive drawing is about experiencing life from many points of view all contained in the same surface. Students will learn how the simple act of mark making on paper can serve as an outlet for creative expression. The class will explore examples of historic and contemporary expressionist artists while building their own voice through daily drawing exercises. Students are encouraged to meet on their own for “drawing circles”!

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Mindful Making for Harvard Undergraduates

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 12 - November 2 (4 classes) Mindful Making
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced - Harvard Undergraduate Students Only
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life to nurture creativity. Creative activity can significantly lessen stress in the body, regardless of the artistic experience or talent. Each class focuses on one of the core mindfulness practices. Explore a range of modes of self-expression including collage, drawing, playing with words, writing poetry, papier-mâché and salt dough sculpting.

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Flameware at Home

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 30 - December 11  (6 classes)*Flameware by Diane Lulek
Days/Times: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:
Dennis McLaughlin

Course Description: Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects have been developed so the work can be made in a minimally equipped home studio setting. Both Flameware clay and glazing/firing opportunities will be available through the Harvard Ceramics Studio for the class. Photo shown: Flameware by Diane Lulek, HCP Staff.

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2020 Sep 25

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Lorna Meaden

4:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Lorna Meaden ceramics

Let's travel to beautiful Durango, Colorado to visit full-time studio potter Lorna Meaden. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Lorna will focus on thrown forms such as beautiful pouring vessels and the more unexpected forms like juicers! Lorna will discuss her surface techniques of incising and embedding color to enhance her forms that are then fired in a wood/soda kiln.

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2020 Oct 03

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Kent McLaughlin

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Kent McLaughlin

During this visit we travel to the mountains of North Carolina to visit potter and educator Kent McLaughlin. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Kent will focus on thrown and altered stacked forms. Kent McLaughlin and his wife Suze Lindsay work out of their studio Fork Mountain pottery, featuring salt and reduction kilns.

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