Ceramics Courses

Registration Information

Summer Term 2017: May 30-August 12, 2017
Brochure: pdf
Registration Form:  pdf or word, - general community, Harvard Employees and Harvard students.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis from Thursday, November 10, until classes fill. Early registration is strongly recommended – classes fill quickly. No refunds after the first class meeting. Registration Fees>

Summer 2017 Ceramics Courses - Registration is CLOSED

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 9 - July 28Zac Throwing  ***CLOSED
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 8 - July 27   ***CLOSED
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/10 weeks.
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 20 - August 1  ***CLOSED Steph Basics
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. 6 classes/8 weeks. No class on Tuesday, July 4th.
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates:  June 5 - July 24  ***CLOSED
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. 8 classes/10 weeks.
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Ceramic History for Artists

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 15, 22, 29 and July 13, 20, 27Ceramic Art History
Days/Times: Thursdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Kathy King


Course description: Enjoy your lunch while traveling through time with ancient to contemporary ceramics. This seminar style course will provide a series of six presentations on ceramic art history. We will examine the development of clay techniques, kilns, and surface treatments across the world from the "Porcelain Highway" to the "Funk Movement" of the 70'sand beyond. Artists will find inspiration in both form, surface, and some of the more interesting stories around pivotal moments in our medium's history.  (Photo: Staffordshire) 6 classes, No Lab.
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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 7 - July 26toomey  ***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. 8 classes/10 weeks.
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Design for Ceramic Sculpture

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1Mark Burns   ***CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00 pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Mark Burns

Course description: Join internationally recognized ceramic artist, Mark Burns, in exploring ceramic sculpture. This course teaches simple techniques generated through "blueprints" of initial drawings of proposed sculptures. Students will learn how to engineer forms so that they will not fall apart through learning techniques in stacking, pinning and creating cradles, etc.. 8 classes/10weeks. No class on July 4th.

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Explore Soda Firing

Semester: 

Spring

Dates:  June 9 - July 28 ***CLOSED
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00 – 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 12 - July 31Glaze Calc    ***CLOSED
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Matthew Katz

Course description: This class will cover technical information about glaze and clay formulation led by Alfred University instructor Matthew Katz and facilitated by Ceramics Program staff. Along with technical information, students will learn about contemporary and unconventional usages of clay and glaze materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, convert glazes to different temperatures, 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. 8 classes/No Lab.


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Hand Building - Food for Thought

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1Arthur's Lobsters in Waiting  ***CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Arthur Halvorsen

Course description: Explore the possiblilities in combining ceramics with the art of food presentation with consultation with Chef and CEO of The Franklin Restaurant Group David DuBois. DuBois will ask students to collaborate with My Father's Delicatessan and Restaurant - a new restaurant in Allston scheduled to open late summer. Platters, cake stands and tiered servers wil act as a jumping off point for the class. A variety of hand building techniques will be explored along with thrown or extruded components. Come to class ready to have fun and have your vocabulary of form expanded! 8 classes/10 weeks. No class July 4th.
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Independent Studio

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: (8 weeks or 11 weeks only)Pottery Tools   ***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 (8 weeks or 11 weeks).  Read more about Independent Studio

Molds and Multiples

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 7 - July 26Mark Burns   ******CLOSED
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Mark Burns

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. 8 classes/10 weeks.
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Surface Techniques Workshop

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: July 18th and 25th Stephanie Young Carving
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor:Stephanie Young


Course description:  Join nationally recognized studio potter and owner of Calm Water Designs Stephanie Young as she demonstrates a variety of surface techniques in this hands-on workshop. Young will demonstrate her unique brand of carving as well as some tradtional techniques including sgraffito, mishima, and sprig molds. Beginners will be inspired to think about surface in new ways, while advanced students will explore composition and development of personal direction for decoration. (2 classes).
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Wheel Intensive - Food for Thought

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 5 - July 24 Food for Thought
Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description: Explore the possiblilities in combining ceramics with the art of food presentation in consultation with Chef and CEO of The Franklin Restaurant Group David DuBois. DuBois will ask students to collaborate with My Father's Delicatessan and Restaurant - a new restaurant in Allston scheduled to open late summer. Focusing primarily on the wheel, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. Special attention will be given to creating larger vessels and lids, pouring vessels, multiples and executing more sophisticated forms. Class demonstrations will be approximately 35-45 minutes long with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (8 classes/10 weeks)

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Wheel Throwing

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1 wheel throwing   ***CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Marc Mancuso

Course description: Unravel the mysteries of the potter’s wheel and surface decoration in this fun, intensive class.  The fundamental techniques will be covered as you learn to center, throw and trim a variety of functional forms including cups, bowls, and vases.  Students with basic skills will focus on refining techniques and be challenged with more complex forms. Class time will be comprised of demonstrations, critiques, and ample hands-on-time. 8 classes/10 weeks. No class on July 4th.
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