Ceramics

Inspired by History Revisited Online

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: Recordings available August 30th – December 4th (14 weeks)Dennis McLaughlin
Day/Time: N/A
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Dennis McLaughlin

Course Description: Review eight presentations and demonstrations from the Summer 2021 session of Inspired by History, an online class that offers a dynamic mix of hands-on making and art historical interpretation. Each of the eight recordings explores an object from the Harvard Art Museum that is the subject for that week. Guest curators from the Harvard Art Museum visit each class and speak to

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Hand Building - Building Skills and Problem Solving - Online

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 1 – November 17 (12 classes)Ruth Easterbrook
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: Join Ruth Easterbrook in this virtual hand building class where you will learn or strengthen your planning and basic skills through guided projects and exercises. Projects will be a combination of pinching, coil building and slabs. Ruth will incorporate thinking about the fundamentals of form, seeking inspiration through historical ceramics and broaden your awareness of contemporary artists. Throughout the course you will also learn to make bisque molds, templates ... Read more about Hand Building - Building Skills and Problem Solving - Online

Experimental Photography on Clay - Online

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 1 – November 17 (12 classes)Anne Eder
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description: Are you someone who enjoys combining art and science? If so, this course may be for you. Photography on clay is still an area of discovery, and in previous sessions we barely scratched the surface of understanding the physical and chemical web and the fascinating intersections of organic and inorganic crossover of these two mediums. This class builds on the Intro level class, goes deeper into the science, and establishes new ground in real time.                

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Introduction to Creating Photographic Images on Ceramics - Online

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 7 – November 23 (12 classes)Angelique Rodriguez
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Level: Beginning – Intermediate
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description: This introductory course is for ceramic artists without backgrounds in photography who are interested in exploring photographic images on clay. Photography uses a light sensitive process to create images. It is designed to give clay people a grasp of basic photographic principles, and to discover how “painting with light” can bring something new to your practice. We will discuss firing (or not), environmental concerns, and finding the best processes to... Read more about Introduction to Creating Photographic Images on Ceramics - Online

Time Travel with the Ceramic Vessel

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 1 – November 17 (12 classes/14 weeks)*Time Travel with the Ceramic Vessle Shea Burke Drawing
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Shea Burke

Course Description: Join the Harvard Ceramics Program’s 2021-22 Artist in Residence Shea Burke as they guide students in finding inspiration from ancient objects and then utilizing hand building and surface techniques to craft contemporary works. Students will utilize the collections of the Harvard Art Museums for close looking at objects, to draw inspiration and engage in discussion regarding methods the original maker may have used and for what purpose. In this class, we will honor the ... Read more about Time Travel with the Ceramic Vessel

Independent Studio - Electric Kiln Certified Only

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: August 30 – December 3 Glaze room.
Days/Time: Varies
Level: Advanced
Supervisors: Kathy King Director and Geoff Booras, Operations Coordinator

Course Description: Studio access for self-directed work. Independent Studio is open to those who have previously enrolled in a class at the Ceramics Program, are certified to fire the electric kilns, and can process their own work. Includes studio access and other opportunities. 

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Cooking Pots in Flameware

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 3 – November 19 (12 classes/14 weeks)*Denny McLaughlin Flameware
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:  Denny McLaughlin

Course Description: This course is an advanced-level course for those interested in making an array of wares that can be used to cook with! A unique clay called flameware will be used, which is formulated to withstand an open flame as well as heat from an oven. Throughout the course, students will use both the wheel and hand building techniques to create forms such as; bread pans, ... Read more about Cooking Pots in Flameware

The Figure

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 2 – November 18 (12 classes/14 weeks)* Claudia Olds Goldie
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:  Claudia Olds Goldie

Course Description: Create convincing, proportionate ceramic figures that capture the gesture, personality, and emotional presence of the individual.    Students will consider how to imbue a sense of emotion and inner life in their figures through expressive eyes, facial muscles, and hands and will look at contemporary and historical ceramic sculpture to understand how to incorporate narrative and a variety of ceramic techniques.

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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 1 – November 17 (12 classes/14 weeks)Andrew Castaneda
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:  Andrew Castañeda

Course Description: Join 2021-22 Harvard Ceramics Program Artist in Residence Andrew Castañeda for a course designed for students moving forward in their interest of the ceramic medium, combining wheel throwing and hand building techniques, with a focus on integrating new techniques and materials. This course is primarily a studio class structured around student proposals for a current body of work in combination with thematic assignments. Assignments will... Read more about Combined Methods

Explore | Refine

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 1 – November 17 (12 classes/14 weeks)*Explore Refine instructor Andrew Castaneda
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Andrew Castañeda
 
Course Description:
This class format focuses on breaking old habits and considering new directions to take our work including utility, form, and surface. Students will be challenged to go “on and off” the wheel, incorporating hand-built elements to their forms. Though this class does focus primarily on the wheel, hand builders are welcome! Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the

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Wheel Intensive

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: August 30– November 22 (12 classes/14 weeks)*Wheel Intensive Instructor work Steve Murphy
Day/Time: Mondays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy
 
Course Description: Focusing primarily on the wheel, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement, and surface. This Fall, the focus of the class will be on looking closely and honoring Japanese ceramics and the concept of wabi sabi – the traditional Japanese aesthetic of a world centered on the acceptance of

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Circle, Square, Oval

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 7 – November 23 (12 classes/13 weeks) Circle, Square, Oval
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Paul Wisotzky

Course Description: This class will focus on creating circular, square and oval pots that start on the wheel. It will include altering, adding hand-built elements, subtracting material, and attention to surface both in the wet and leather hard stages. We’ll explore a variety of utilitarian pottery including cups and mugs,... Read more about Circle, Square, Oval

Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 13 – November 29 (12 classes/12 weeks)* Glaze and Clay Chemistry
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Matthew Katz/Casey Zeng  

Course Description: This class will cover technical information about Glaze and Clay formation led by Alfred University instructor Matthew Katz and facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. Along with technical information, students will learn how to effectively understand and work with their materials.

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Drawing for Sculpture

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Dates: September 4 – November 20 (12 classes/13 weeks)Mary Kenny
Day/Time: Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Beginning to Advanced
Instructor: Mary Kenny

Course Description: Learn to draw three dimensional forms working from a still life and then sculpt the form of your choice using clay. The first half of this course will be spent developing your observational skills through drawing exercises. We will then use these skills to sculpt a form of your choosing; be it an animal, a figure, or a vessel. Basic building techniques with clay will be covered including slab building and building solid and later hollowing out the form.

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