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Summer 2019 Courses

Basics and Challenges

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Summer

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2019

Dates:  June 3 - July 29Basics 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. (9 classes/10 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 4 - July 30Stephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
Instructors: Colby Charpentier

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. (9 classes/10 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 7 - August 2Basics 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. (9 classes/10 weeks)

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Basics and Challenges

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 6 - August 8*Basics 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. (9 classes/10 weeks) *Note: No Classes on Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day!
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Ceramics as Sculpture

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2019

Dates: June 5 - July 31Natalia Arbelaez
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
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). (9 classes/10 weeks)

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Combined Methods

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Summer

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2019

Kyla ToomeyDates: June 5 - July 31
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. (9 classes/10 weeks)
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Explore Soda Firing

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Summer

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2019

Dates:  June 7 - August 2Denny McLaughlin
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Course description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel thrown forms by using soda slips and washes as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a soda fired functional pot.  The experience of building a larger vocabulary of soda firing possibilities and results will lay the groundwork for new directions for functional work. (9 classes/10 weeks)
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Explore | Refine

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2019

Dates: June 6 - August 8*Zac Throwing
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Zac Mickelson

Course Description: This class format focuses on breaking old habits and considering new directions to take our work including utility, form and surface. There are three, three-week cycles to this 9-week class. For two weeks, students, with the guidance of the instructor will “explore” through experimentation with different forms. The third week, the group comes together to “refine” through critique intended to refine our ideas. This format is then repeated two more times. Though this class does focus primarily on the wheel, hand builders are welcome! Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (9 classes/10 weeks) *Note: No classes on Thursday, July 4th for Indepdence Day!

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Get It Done! Interdisciplinary Projects

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 4 - July 30geoffanne
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm 
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder and Geoff Booras

Course Description:  This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of ceramic sculpture, mixed media, and installation, including site-specific work. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work on a fixed schedule: prioritizing tasks, meeting deadlines, selecting materials, anticipating and finding solutions for problems, as well as employing a fluid work flow between two and three dimensions and other media such as sound and performance. For those who choose to participate, there is an outdoor exhibition opportunity as part of an established annual sculpture walk at the end of the summer. A variety of skills will be covered, including sculptural clay and hand building, images on clay, alternate materials to clay, and skills related to navigating the world outside the studio. (9 classes/10 weeks).... Read more about Get It Done! Interdisciplinary Projects

Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 3 - August 5glaze tiles
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 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, facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. Along with technical information, students will learn how to effectively understand and work with their materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, how glaze temperature works, alter surface qualities, and prevent glazing defects. The class itself will be a combination of on-demand video lectures, live online discussions, and real-world experimentation. The information will be provided through on-line lectures that students can view in class as well as

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Independent Studio

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Summer

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2019

Dates: May 28 - August 10 Independent 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. (11 weeks) ... Read more about Independent Studio

Molds and Multiples

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Summer

Dates:  June 4 - July 30 Molds
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginner - 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. 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. (9 classes, 10 weeks)
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Sculpting Animals and People

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 4 - July 30
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:0Kenny Sculpture0pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Mary Kenny

Course description: In this class we will explore the complex and often emotional relationship between humans and animals. Using a combination of hand building techniques; hollowing solids, pinching, coiling, and slab building. You will learn to sculpt both the human figure and animals. We will focus on capturing correct proportions and gesture to create an emotive sculpture or vessel. (9 classes/10 weeks)
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The Ceramic Surface

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 5 - July 31Natalia Arbelaez
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Natalia Arbelaez

Course Description: Join 2018-19 Artist in Residence, Natalia Arbelaez in exploring new avenues towards personal expression through image-based surface techniques such as sgraffito, mishima, monoprinting and china paints and luster on the glazed surface. Traditional printmaking techniques will be applied to ceramics through utilizing silk-screening methods with EZ Screens. Beginners will be inspired to think about surface in new ways, while advanced students will explore better composition and development of personal direction for decoration. (9 classes/10 weeks)

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Wheel Intensive

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Summer

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2019

Dates: June 3 - July 29Steve Murphy
Days/Times: 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. Students should arrive with an ideas of what forms and/or techniques that they would like to improve upon during this class. Special attention will be given to creating larger vessels and lids, pouring vessels, multiples and executing more sophisticated forms. Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (9 classes/10 weeks)

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