Ceramics

Absolute Beginners for Harvard Students

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 23 - April 27
Days/Times: Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Diane LulekThrowing on Wheel

Course description:  Harvard undergraduate and graduate students - 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 a variety of forms to then decorate and glaze as well as introducing you to the studio. A great way for Harvard students to take a break and explore your creative side in this fun introduction to clay! (10 classes/11 weeks)
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Slab Happy!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 5 - April 23Slab Happy
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Peter Berry, Colby Charpentier, Pam Gorgone, Joanna Mark


Course descriptionWork with four different instructors to explore slab-based building for sculpture and the vessel. Every week, a featured instructor will demonstrate their methods of working with slabs and invite students to create a slab-based project either in class or during their own time. Later in the semester, each instructor will return to discuss surface and glaze techniques. Overall, students will receive four different approaches to this building technique and be encouraged to find their own! (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Independent Studio

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: January 28 - May 4Independent Study
Days/Times: N/A
Level: Advanced

Course description: Self-directed work for advanced participants previously enrolled in a Ceramics Program course and who have passed the Electric Kiln test. Independent Studio students have proven that they are capable of processing their own work. This course includes studio access and other opportunities. (14 weeks) ... Read more about Independent Studio

The Figure

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 7 - April 25Claudia Olds Goldie
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course description: While learning to create figures that are proportionate, expressive, and anatomically correct, we will explore the connection between animals and humans in sculpture.  Looking at images of historical and contemporary sculpture, we will consider human/animal narratives, the emotional impact of these cross-species relationships in art, and anthropomorphic inventions.  We will work from photos, imagination, as well a live figure model. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Ceramics as Sculpture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 6 - April 24thNatalia Arbelaez
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Natalia Arbelaez

Course descriptionJoin 2018-19 Artist in Residence Natalia Arbelaez with this introduction to ceramic sculpture including pinch, coil and slab building, surface modeling and design. Works may be inspired by both three-dimensional form, animal imagery, imaginative creatures, the human form as well as the vessel. Use of molds, slab roller and extruder will be demonstrated and wheels can be accessed during class. Surface techniques will be explored and a range of slips and glazes will be introduced. Potters may find this class a great way to integrate handbuilt elements to their thrown work (wheels are available though basic instruction on throwing will not be a focus of this class). (12 classes/13 weeks)

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The Great Plaster Disaster

Semester: 

Spring

Dates:  February 6 - April 24Molds
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Colby Charpentier

Course description: Work with 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence, Colby Charpentier, learning a variety of methods of working with plaster and molds. This class will break down the mold making process into simple and concise steps to help you incorporate molds into your art-making practice. Mold making is not just for reproducing endless diner mugs, and it doesn't have to be intimidating! We will start off with a few exercises to familiarize ourselves with plaster-working and clay-modeling techniques, then in week 4 onward, begin to work on individual projects. A new technique will be introduced each week, with a portion of class time devoted to individual check-in and problem solving. The goal is to learn scalable techniques for mold making whether you're interested in the largest of forms or the tiniest of details.  (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Colby CharpentierDates: February 6 - April 24th 
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:Colby Charpentier

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/13 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 8 - April 26Basics and Challenges
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/13 weeks)

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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 7 - April 25Basics and Challenges
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/13 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates:  February 4 - April 22Basics with Steve
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
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/13 weeks).  Note: Class will be held on President's Day on February 18th, 2019.
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2015 Oct 27

New Voices Lecture with Alia Pialtos

Registration Closed 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Ceramics Studio - 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Presented by Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Welcome artist Alia Pialtos back to the New England area after receiving her MFA from University of Colorado at Boulder to take on the position of Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Pialtos’ work uses materials such as clay, thread, hair and glass to act as physical or metaphorical extensions of the body, amplifying the visceral reactions we experience while engaging with those we feel closest to.
Slide Presentation: 5:30pm – 6:30 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited. To RSVP sign up below or email Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.

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2009 Feb 16

Zhu Legeng: My Odyssey in Porcelain

12:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Studio

legengPresented By Ceramics Program

Zhu Legeng and his wife Fang Lili were born in China's porcelain capitol Jingdezhen and both graduated from the Art Department of Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute.

Zhu Legeng is currently director of the Ceramics Research Center and Professor of Ceramics at Chinese Academy of Arts in Beijing. A...

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2009 Apr 23

Fukami, Sueharu: Celadon Sculpture

12:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Studio

fukamiPresented By Ceramics Program

The prominent porcelain artist Fukami Sueharu will be featured in a presentation at the Ceramics Program on April 23 and in the Japan Society's annual Rad Smith lecture on April 22 at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. These presentations and the Museum of Fine Arts' exhibition "Celebrating Kyoto: Modern...

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2009 Jun 15

Hamada, Tomo'o

(All day)

Location: 

Ceramics Studio

hamadaPresented By Ceramics Program

Hamada, Tomoo will demonstrate glazing and give a presentation about his family legacy in Mashiko. He is the grandson of Hamada Shoji, "National Living Treasure" and major figure of the mingei folk-art movement.

"Hamada, Tomo'o's pots utilize essentially the same materials as those of Hamada...

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