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Absolute Beginners for Harvard Students

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Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 23 - April 27
Days/Times: Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Diane LulekThrowing on Wheel

Course description:  Harvard undergraduate and graduate students - ready to try your hand at the wheel? 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 introducing you to the studio. A great way for Harvard students to take a break and explore your creative side in this fun introduction to clay! (10 classes/11 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates:  February 4 - April 22Basics 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. (12 classes/13 weeks).  Note: Class will be held on President's Day on February 18th, 2019.
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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

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2019

Dates: February 8 - April 26Basics 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. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

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2019

Dates: February 7 - April 25Basics 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. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

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Spring

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2019

Dates: February 5 - April 23Stephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
Instructors: Stephanie 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/13 weeks)
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Ceramics as Sculpture

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Spring

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2019

Dates: February 6 - April 24thNatalia Arbelaez
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
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). (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Combined Methods

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Spring

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2019

Colby CharpentierDates: February 6 - April 24th 
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:Colby Charpentier

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/13 weeks)
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Explore Soda Firing

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Spring

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2019

Dates:  February 8 - April 26 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. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Explore | Refine

Semester: 

Spring

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2019

Dates: February 7 - April 25Zac 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 12-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. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Harvard Student Ceramics Lab

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Spring

Dates: February 4 - April 22 Harvard Student Course
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm or by appointment.
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Kathy King

Course description: This non-credit, directed study course is designed to assist Harvard undergraduate, graduate students and fellows with academic projects that utilize ceramic materials and their applications. NOTE, you must be approved by Director King prior to registering for this class. When approved and registration complete, students will work with Director Kathy King, to gain access to the studio and be given orientation and training for all materials and equipment.

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Independent Studio

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Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: January 28 - May 4Independent 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. (14 weeks) ... Read more about Independent Studio

Interdisciplinary Projects

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Spring

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2019

Dates: February 5 - April 23Anne Eder
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm 
Level: Beginner - 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.

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Introduction to Clay Bodies

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Spring

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2019

Dates: February 4 - April 22Clay Bodies
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Matthew Katz/Casey Zeng


Course description: 

Introduction to Clay Bodies Online is a 13-week course focused on the science behind Clay Bodies. The course provides information and science to help everyone utilize clay bodies in ways that will help them take control of their materials and make their studios the best they can be. Course objectives include to develop a basic understanding of the origins, chemical composition, properties, and function of clay types: earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Understand the processing and usage of clay formulas as well as the analysis and performance of clay formulas. The application of clay formulas as related to throwing, construction and casting will be discussed as well as the tenants of heat and temperature and identification and correction of clay flaws. Note: Class will be held on President's Day, Monday, February 18th.

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Slab Happy!

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Spring

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2019

Dates: February 5 - April 23Slab Happy
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Peter Berry, Colby Charpentier, Pam Gorgone, Joanna Mark


Course descriptionWork with four different instructors to explore slab-based building for sculpture and the vessel. Every week, 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. Later in the semester, each instructor will return to discuss surface and glaze techniques. Overall, students will receive four different approaches to this building technique and be encouraged to find their own! (12 classes/13 weeks)
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The Ceramic Surface

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 6 - April 24Natalia Arbelaez
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
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. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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The Figure

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Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 7 - April 25Claudia Olds Goldie
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course description: While learning to create figures that are proportionate, expressive, and anatomically correct, we will explore the connection between animals and humans in sculpture.  Looking at images of historical and contemporary sculpture, we will consider human/animal narratives, the emotional impact of these cross-species relationships in art, and anthropomorphic inventions.  We will work from photos, imagination, as well a live figure model. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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The Great Plaster Disaster

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Spring

Dates:  February 6 - April 24Molds
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - 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. This class will break down the mold making process into simple and concise steps to help you incorporate molds into your art-making practice. Mold making is not just for reproducing endless diner mugs, and it doesn't have to be intimidating! We will start off with a few exercises to familiarize ourselves with plaster-working and clay-modeling techniques, then in week 4 onward, begin to work on individual projects. A new technique will be introduced each week, with a portion of class time devoted to individual check-in and problem solving. The goal is to learn scalable techniques for mold making whether you're interested in the largest of forms or the tiniest of details.  (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Wheel Intensive

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 4 - April 22Steve 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. (12 classes/13 weeks) Note: Class will be held on President's Day, Monday, February 18th.

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