Visual Arts

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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2020 Oct 16

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Mac McCusker

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Mac McCusker

During this visit we travel to Durham, North Carolina to visit with figurative sculptor Mac McCusker and view a demonstration of his work. Mac McCusker’s figurative work and narrative vessels document personal experiences and struggles as a transgender artist. McCusker addresses preconceptions and prejudices about transgender and gender non-binary individuals as well as about the larger LGBTQIA community by sharing personal narratives through self-portrait busts, small-scale figures, and sculptural vessels.

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2020 Nov 21

Visit and Artist and Demonstration - Suze Lindsay - Surface

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Suze Lindsay NOvember

Once again, we have the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! During this visit, Suze will be focused her methods of decorating with slips to define and compliment the form. Though Suze fires in salt, these same techniques and slip recipes can be used in a variety of firing temperatures and atmospheres. All the recipes discussed during Suze's demonstration will be provided to each registered student.

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2020 Oct 17

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Suze Lindsay - Form

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

SuzeLindsay

During this visit we have the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! During this visit, Suze will be focused on demonstrating simple drop molds and  how to make drape platter forms/molds. Attention will be  directed towards resolutions for feet and rims. We will be creating new tools for our studio practice and all materials used will be shared with each participant prior to the event so that you can follow along with Suze! We will visit Suze later in the Fall to discuss surface enhancements with slips on November 21st!

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Interdisciplinary Projects

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes)Anne Eder
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description:

Boundaries between mediums and disciplines have become less distinct and more permeable as image makers increasingly turn to sculpture and installation as vehicles for self-expression, and those making three-dimensional work incorporate imagery. This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of photography, mixed media sculpture, and installation. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work such as drafting

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Expressive Sculpture

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Deighton AbramsSession 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 2pm - 4pm (EST)
Level:
Beginning to Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description:

Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we can’t.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the student’s own studio or to the Harvard studio for firing. If time allows, surface techniques with slips and underglazes will be discussed as well as planning for glaze firing.

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Wheel Intensive - On-line Edition

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 26 - November 30th (6 classes)Steve Murphy
Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: 
Steve Murphy

Course Description: For those with access to a pottery wheel at home or those happy to observe, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. The instructor will provide demonstrations based on what forms and/or techniques students would like to improve upon during this class.

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Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction I

Semester: 

Fall

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2020

Claudia Olds GoldieSession 1: September 10 - October 15 (6 classes) SPACE STILL AVAIABLE!
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm (EST)

Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Claudia Olds Goldie

Make the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. Create paper prototypes out of cut, rolled, folded and assembled paper. Some wet paper techniques such as embossing and papier-mâché will also be introduced. Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions.

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Relief Printmaking

Semester: 

Fall

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2020

Fall Relief PrintmakingSession 2: October 28 – December 9 (6 classes)*

Day/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)

Level: Beginner-Advanced

Instructor: Deighton Abrams

 

Explore the process of composing and carving relief blocks at home. Relief printmaking on blocks of linoleum and contemporary alternatives is a subtractive process, where the remaining surface area of the relief block can be inked and printed. The resulting block will not only be able used to print onto paper, but can also be impressed into clay or printed onto a clay form with ceramic slips and underglaze. Additional applications to other materials such as stationary and fibers will be explored as well. Guest instructor Darrah Bowden will share her process of using relief blocks onto plaster to create decorative clay slabs.

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Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

Semester: 

Fall

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2020

Session 1: September 11 – October 16 (6 classes)* SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! Islamic Sweetmeats Platter Harvard Art Museum

Session 2: October 30 – December 11 (6 classes)**

Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Level: Beginning – Advanced

Instructor: Multiple

 

The Harvard Museums and the Harvard Ceramics Program have been close collaborators in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects for many years. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Teams of conservators, curators, conservation scientists and/or scholars from the museums of Harvard will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. Each session will feature six different presenters.

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2020 Aug 09

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Dennis McLaughlin

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Dennis McLaughlin

 

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.

You are going to flip your lid during this very special 2-hour event with Denny McLaughlin at the Harvard Ceramics Program in Allston, MA. Denny, being one of the few staff who have access to our facility due to COVID, will be working in our studio live! This session will focus on throwing lidded forms - jars, casseroles, etc.. Denny will address the challenges of creating lids, finials and pairing handles to the lidded form.

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2020 Aug 07

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Paul Andrew Wandless

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

paul andrew wandlessJoin 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.

We are thrilled to travel to Chicago to visit multi-media artist, author and educator Paul Andrew Wandless. Our discussion will be around materiality and the thought process Paul goes through to choose what types of materials serve his concepts best. Clay, printmaking, stone carving, mold making, leatherworking, metalsmithing, wood carving and painting are all mediums used in combination or individually for creation of his works. How do you organize a studio to work with a multiple materials, all with different characteristics and needs for space and safety? Well, we shall find out!

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Private Wheel Lessons

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

White Plate, Slip Design by Steve MurphySession 2: October 26 - December 5
Days/Times: Arranged with instructor. 1 hr. appointments
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description:  For those with access to a pottery wheel at home, Steve Murphy will work with you one-on-one on throwing technique, perfecting forms or challenging you to try new ones! A camera set-up that shows a view of you throwing on the wheel is required as well as access to Zoom. Before registering, contact Kathy King, Director at kking@fas.harvard.edu to arrange for a day/time that works for both you and the instructor. You will then be assisted in registering for the lessons. With permission of the instructor, additional lessons can be obtained.

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2020 Aug 01

Visit an Artist Surface Special - Suze Lindsay

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

SUze Lindsay PotteryJoin 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.

We had a wonderful visit with Suze Lindsay in Session 1 and many of you reached out for a second visit to focus on surface! Once again, we travel to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! Suze (scheduled to be a Demonstrating Artist at this year's National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts this past March) and her husband Kent McLaughlin work out of their studio Fork Mountain pottery, featuring the salt kiln that Suze uses for the beautiful surfaces of her work. Suze will welcome us to her studio for demonstration, discussion of her surface work and her career as a studio potter and educator.

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