Ceramics

Paul Briggs

Paul Briggs

2019-20 Ceramics Program Artist in Residence
Instructor, Ceramics Program

Paul Briggs grew up in the Hudson Valley of Newburgh, NY taking his first ceramics class in 9th grade. He eventually landed at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Paul is an artist-teacher with balanced training in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Education. He earned an MFA from the Massachusetts ... Read more about Paul Briggs

Ruth Easterbrook

Ruth Easterbrook

2019-20 Ceramics Program Artist in Residence
Instructor, Ceramics Program

Ruth Easterbrook (b. 1984) received her BFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University in 2007. Afterward, she apprenticed and assisted various ceramic artists and studios. She has shown work nationally at places such as Baltimore Clayworks and Carbondale Clay Center. A turning point in her personal growth took place while participating in an eight-week concentration at Penland School of Craft in 2014.  Anderson Ranch Arts Center has been an important place of learning for Ruth, spending extensive time there as a student, then summer intern and returning as the Artist in Residence in 2016. Most recently she earned her MFA in ceramics at Alfred University in 2019.

Hand in Hand

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 4 - April 21Hand in Hand
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Pam Gorgone, Joanna Mark

Course description: This unique course acts as an introduction to hand-building techniques, led by two different instructors. Though the techniques of coiling, pinching and working with slabs will be demonstrated by both instructors, each brings their own personal interpretation to the classroom. Pam Gorgone will lead the first six weeks of the course and Joanna Mark the second half.  A wide range of surface decorating processes including glazing, Mishima, and stamping will be incorporated throughout the semester. This course will help beginners and those brave enough to step a way from the potter's wheel to investigate handbuilding!  Advanced students are welcome to continue to develop their skills inspired by these two talented instructors. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Rethinking Pinch-Forming

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 3 - April 20 ***Only first time registrants.***Paul Briggs
Days/Times: Mondays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor:Paul Briggs

Course description: Join 2019-20 Artist in Residence Paul Briggs in focusing on ceramic pinch pots as much more than an introductory hand building process. Today increasing numbers of ceramists are pinch-forming vessels and have found the method to be far more than an introduction to clay, but a technique for creative expression in ceramics on par with all others. Pinch forming isn't a fast process and one must be mindful in ways that are quite different than working with slabs or throwing on the potter's wheel. To pinch well, one must slow down, focus, and feel the clay during every pinch. Today, given that our way of being is fast paced, and we are constantly plugged into technology and social media, once students settle themselves down into the process, they may find pinching to be meditative, quieting process during which they can turn off the brain chatter. (12 classes/13 weeks)

Note: In order to give individuals a chance to take this wonderful class, we are asking that only those who have NOT taken the class register for Spring semester. Those that have taken the class in the Fall and register again will be removed from the class.

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The Figure

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 6 - April 23Claudia Olds Goldie
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course description:While learning to create figures that are proportionate, expressive, and anatomically correct, we will explore ways to create narrative and psychological content. Looking at images of historical and contemporary sculpture, we will consider ways in which the figure, with or without a specific context, creates a story for the viewer to interpret or be drawn into. We will work from photos, imagination, as well a live figure model. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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2019 Sep 09

Kogei-Kyoto Ceramic Artist Demonstrations

10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston

ceramic sculpture of a seated deer by IMAI MakimasaKogei-Kyoto Artists Demonstrations
Monday, September 9 2019
10am-5pm

The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard is proud to host four influential ceramic artists from the artists group,
Kogei-Kyoto crafts collective of Kyoto, Japan to share their techniques for creating their works in clay. Two simultaneous artist demonstrations in the morning by 
Makimasa Imai and Takehiro Kato and two demonstrations in the afternoon by Teruko Ide and Ryozo Shibata will give registered participants the opportunity to appreciate the range of techniques used by these artists.... Read more about Kogei-Kyoto Ceramic Artist Demonstrations

2019 Jun 21

Gallery 224 Reception: These Used To Be In My Head, Now They're In Yours - Work by James Keller

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston

These Used To Be In My Head, Now They're In Yours - Work by James Keller

Exhibition Dates: June 17 - July 5th
Reception: Friday, June 21st, 5 - 7pm 

Location: Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

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2019 Jul 11

Gallery 224 Exhibition: Mary Roettger

Thu Jul 11 (All day) to Fri Aug 23 (All day)

Location: 

Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

spiral-shaped ceramic sculpture
Gyrus, Mary Roettger.
Mary Roettger
Exhibition dates: July 11 - August 23, 2019
Opening Reception: July 11, 2019 5-8pm

Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston 02134

This exhibition of work by Mary Roettger (1956-2017) honors and commemorates a former Harvard Ceramics Program instructor and artist in residence. Mary was a gifted teacher, who inspired beginning and advanced students with challenging, in-depth projects which expanded their expressive potential and technical abilities. In homage to the breadth and depth of Mary’s teaching and creative practice, this exhibition will present a wide range of her work so that students, professionals and the general public are able to learn from her evolution.
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2019 Jun 17

Gallery 224 Exhibition: These Used To Be In My Head, Now They're In Yours - Work by James Keller

Mon - Fri, Jun 17 to Jul 5, 11:40am - 11:40am

Location: 

Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

ceramic sculpture of a horseThese Used To Be In My Head, Now They're In Yours - Work by James Keller

Exhibition Dates: June 17 - July 5th
Reception: Friday, June 21st, 5 - 7pm

Location: Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts

This exhibition is, in part, in celebration of our hard-working staff here at the Ceramics Program. James Keller has been with the Ceramics Program since 2000 and began as our clay-mixer, making all the stoneware clay for ten years. Keller's sculptural works often "leave the wall and intrude into normal space." Inspired by random thoughts, people and nature, Keller's work includes both soda-fired and reduction-fired sculptures and vessels. Keller is currently our weekend monitor who also oversees weekend kiln-loading and unloading. Read more... Read more about Gallery 224 Exhibition: These Used To Be In My Head, Now They're In Yours - Work by James Keller

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