Dates: September 5 - November 21 Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm Level: Beginning - Intermediate Instructor:Mark Burns
Course description: Work with master mold-maker and internationally recognized artist and our very own 2016-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Mark Burns. 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. (12 classes/13 weeks) Read more about Molds and Multiples
Dates: September 12 - November 14 Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm Level: Beginning - Advanced Instructor: Marek Jacisin
Course description: Discover the various techniques to design and produce one of a kind and multiple low relief, clay tiles. The class will include design techniques, working on a primary sketch, transferring the image onto clay, carving and cutting the tile using an assortment of tools. Simple and more advanced decorating techniques will be introduced including the use of mold-making. (10 classes/12 weeks) Read more about Tiles
Dates: August 28 - December 2 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
Dates: September 5 - November 21 Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm Level: Intermediate - Advanced Instructor: Seth Rainville
Course description: In this course students will explore different hand building and image techniques in both utilitarian and decorative vessels. Students will utilize the collections of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture to draw inspiration. Part of the class will focus on observing and recreating a historical vessel while implementing the possible ancient methods of creation. Students will also create their own designs and personal narrative with a contemporary approach. (12 classes/13 weeks)
Dates: September 6 - November 29 Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00 pm Level: Beginning - Advanced Instructor: Seth Rainville
Course description: Create wheel thrown or hand built vessels as the canvas for a variety of surface techniques from the painterly to the graphic. Define your color palette and find your voice using slips, underglazes and glazes. Explore the different effects of terra cotta, stoneware and porcelain and create new forms and fresh decoration. Examine both contemporary artists for inspiration. Class will include group and individual with instruction with an emphasis on the unity of form with surface. This class is taught by our 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Seth Rainville. (12 classes/13 weeks)No class on November 22nd for Thanksgiving Break.
Dates: September 11 - November 20 Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 1:00pm Level: Beginning - Advanced Instructor: Stuart Gair
Course description: This course is designed to introduce clay as an art material and to teach the technical and aesthetic skills needed to create both sculptural and functional ceramic objects. Those with experience will enjoy working with a new instructor and observing new ways of handling clay. The class will work with earthenware and stoneware, and will produce a full range of finished work, both on and off the potter’s wheel. There will be demonstrations of these techniques throughout the semester. There will be lectures on contemporary and historical ceramic art as well as technical aspects of clay, glazes and firing methods. These lectures will introduce the variety of ceramic forms that have been made throughout history and that are being made today as well as aid students in forming ideas for the various assignments. (10 classes/12 weeks) Note: There will be no class on October 9th for Columbus Day. Read more about On and Off the Wheel
Dates: September 6 - November 29 Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Level: Intermediate - Advanced Instructor: Kyla Toomey
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) Note: There will be no class on November 22nd for Thanksgiving Break. Read more about Combined Methods
Dates: September 8 - December 1 Days/Times: Fridays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Level: Beginning - Intermediate Instructor: Zac 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. (8 classes/10 weeks) Note: There is no class November 24 for Thanksgiving Break.
Dates: September 7 - November 30 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) Note: There will be no class on November 23rd for Thanksgiving Break. Read more about Basics and Challenges
Dates: August 28 - November 27 Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm 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/14 weeks) Note: There will be no class on September 4th (Labor Day) and October 9th (Columbus Day). Read more about Basics and Challenges
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 email@example.com.
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:
Kusakabe, Masakazu will engage participants in throwing, trimming, and raku firing tea bowls. His ecumenical and spirited approach to this traditional practice will infuse "the way of tea" with new life and meaning.
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