Ceramics Courses

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Summer 2018 Courses - Fall 2018 will be announced in July!

Adventures in Slipcasting, Prototyping and Mold-Making

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 12 - July 31
Days/TimAdventures in Mold Makinges: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Geoff Booras

Course description: Born out of design and production methods, slip-casting is an agile technique that can be applied to many facets of ceramics, from industrial ceramics to the fine arts. Whether producing quantities of functional vessels or creating a single, meticulous replication with a sculptural intent, slip-casting methods are extremely useful can help facilitate a variety of forms and number of objects. This class will explore the possibilities of slip-casting, paying special attention to the process of prototyping (including the application of 3D ceramic printing) and quality mold-making. This course is intended for those who have taken “Molds and Multiples” or are comfortable processing plaster and making basic, one-two part molds. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates:  June 4 - July 23 Basics 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. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 8 - July 27Basics 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. (8 classes/10 weeks)

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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 7 - July 26Basics 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. (8 classes/10weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 5 - July 24Stephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
Instructors: Stuart Gair


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)
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By Hand

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1 By Hand
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Seth Rainville

Course description: Clay is a fresh and relevant material for many artists today, but carries with it vast traditions of form, use, reference, and meaning. This course provides an overview of sculptural techniques used in ceramics including small and large-scale coil and slab building, surface modeling and design.  Slump molds will be made early in the class to bisque and use for trays and a variety of other objects. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques through three projects, to discuss their work with peers, and find their own artistic voice through the medium. Note: No class will be held on Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day Holiday.

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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1Combined Methods
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. (8 classes/10 weeks) Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day holiday.
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Cooking Pots

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 5 - July 24Cooking Pots
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Advanced
Instructor: Stuart Gair

Course description: This course is an advanced-level course for those interested in making an array of wares that can be used to cook with! A unique clay called flame-ware will be used, which is formulated to withstand an open flame as well as heat from an oven. Throughout the course, students will use both the wheel and hand building techniques to create forms such as; bread pans, pizza stones, covered baking dishes, frying pans, and tagines. Furthermore, students will learn about the origins of various cooking pots and are also encouraged to use the pots made in class and share their experiences. Note: Due to the special nature of this clay, students will be required to recycle their own clay as part of the class. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Explore Soda Firing

Semester: 

Summer

Dates:  June 8 - July 27   Denny 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. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 7 - August 9Glaze Chemistry
Days/Times: Thursdays, 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 about 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.

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Image on Clay

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 14 - August 2 - WAITLISTEDImage on Clay
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Kathy King


Course descriptionNew avenues towards personal expression are realized through applying image-based surface techniques such as sgraffito, mishima, monoprinting and vinyl resist. Traditional printmaking techniques will be applied to ceramics through utilizing silk screening methods with EZ Screens and preparing and using 20x24 inch silkscreens. Students will then learn transfer techniques to apply personal imagery onto 2D and 3D ceramics forms. Guest artist, Arthur Halvorsen will present his transfer methods in July.
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Independent Studio

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: May 29 - August 11 (11 weeks) or Independent Study
June 18 - August 11 (8 weeks)
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. (8 or 11 weeks) ... Read more about Independent Studio

Interdisciplinary Projects

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 11 - July 30Interdisciplinary Projects
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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 schedules, prioritizing tasks, selecting materials, and problem solving for site-specific locations, as well as employing a fluid work flow between two and three dimensions. (8 classes/10 weeks)

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Slab Happy!

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 5 - June 26Slab Happy
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Peter Berry, Stuart Gair, Pamela Gorgone, Joanna Mark

Course description: Every week, for four weeks, 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. Overall, students will receive four different approaches to this building technique and be encouraged to find their own! This class is intended to compliment those enrolled in a Summer 2018 ceramics class. (4 classes)
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Tableware 101

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1Tableware 101
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Seth Rainville

Course description: This beginning to intermediate level class will explore the functional object and its relationship to the dinner table. Special attention will be paid to creating properly functioning forms such as bowls, plates, cups, and more. Methods of throwing, trimming, hand building and a variety of finishing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. (8 classes/10weeks) Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day holiday.
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