Ceramics Courses

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Absolute Beginners

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Spring

Dates: February 3 - April 21   CLOSEDStuart Gair
Days/Times: Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Stuart Gair

Course description: Ready to try your hand at the wheel? Become a member of the Harvard Ceramics community in this introductory throwing course with 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence Stuart Gair. Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor guides you through a variety of forms to then decorate and glaze as well as introduces you to the studio. With this class, you will receive seven-day access to the studio to practice your new skills! (12 classes/14 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

Dates:  January 29 - April 23   CLOSED
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 Monday, February 19 (President's Day). 
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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

Dates: February 2 - April 20  CLOSEDZac Mickelson
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. (12 classes/14 weeks)

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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

Dates: February 1 - April 19  CLOSED
Days/TimBasics and Challengeses: 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/14weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

Dates: January 30 - April 17    CLOSEDStephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
InstructorsStephanie Young


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)
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Combined Methods

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Spring

Dates: January 31 - April 25KylaCup100   CLOSED
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/14 weeks) Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, March 14th for the National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts.
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Cooking Pots

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Spring

Dates: January 29 - April 23   CLOSEDStuart Gair
Days/Times: Mondays, 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. (12 classes/14 weeks) Note: There will be no class on February 19th for President's Day
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Explore Soda Firing

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Spring

Dates:  February 2 - April 6    CLOSED    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. (10 classes/14 weeks)
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Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

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Spring

Dates: February 5 - April 16  CLOSEDGlaze Chemistry
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, and 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. 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 review outside of class. There will be live, on-line discussions with the instructor scheduled throughout. Please note - there is not personal work to be made through this class - only testing for the class. It can be arranged to purchase studio access (see below).  Knowledge of PowerPoint and use of a personal laptop is highly recommended but not necessary. (10 classes) Note: There is no class on Monday, February 19th for President's Day.

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Independent Studio

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Spring

Dates: January 29 - May 5Potter's Tool Box   CLOSED
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

Molds and Multiples

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Spring

Dates: January 30 - April 17  CLOSEDMolds
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Geoff Booras

Course description: 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/14 weeks)
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Tableware 101

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Spring

Dates: January 30 - April 17   CLOSEDTableware 101
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 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. (12 classes/14 weeks)
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The Art of Entertaining

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Spring

Dates: January 31 - April 25   CLOSEDSeth Rainville
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Seth Rainville

Course description: This course will focus on forms used for entertaining - platters, plates, trays, bowls, candlesticks, among others. The relationship between forms made for food/drink, the environment they are intended to exist in and how we interact with these forms will be a key point of conversation. Special demonstrations and presentations will occur throughout the semester with special guests from the culinary and decorative fields. Innovative glazing and finishing techniques will also be covered in this class. (12 classes/14 weeks) Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, March 14th for the National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts.

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The Inspired Figure

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Spring

Dates: February 1 - April 19  CLOSEDClaudia Olds Goldie
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course Description: Taking inspiration from the work of master contemporary ceramic sculptors, students will examine and discuss what makes these sculptures stylistically, technically, and emotionally successful. Examining the work of artists such as Akio Takemori, Sunkoo Yuh, Ah Xian and Tip Toland will provide inspiration. There will be several classes with a live figure model to observe the anatomy, gesture, and expressive qualities of the figure.  Students will also use photographs, memory, and personal sensibilities to explore their own individual styles and interests. (12 classes/14 weeks)

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Tile Mural

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Spring

Dates: February 7 - April 11  CLOSED

Tile Mural Class Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Marek Jacisin


Course descriptionDiscover 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. In addition to their own creations, students will design and make a mural intended for outdoor installation. Use of multimedia techniques such as using lightweight concrete or epoxied polystyrene boards will be discussed. The design and production will be done during the 2018 Spring semester and installation will occur at the beginning of the Summer or Fall. (10 classes/13 weeks)
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