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VIRTUAL SUMMER 2020 COURSES - SESSION 2

JULY 20 - AUGUST 15, 2020 (Note: All course times are EST)

Virtual Summer 2020 - Session 2 - Register now!

Connect with friends, classmates, artists, scholars, and our team of instructors through interactive classes, workshops and studio visits. All classes will meet online using free, accessible applications. Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with details on how to access your class via Zoom. In order to participate in these courses, you will need to have access to a computer (or tablet or smartphone) with a camera, and an internet connection. You will need to download Zoom before the first class. New to using Zoom? Here are the specific system requirements needed to run Zoom.

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To find out which classes are open, click the "log in or Create Your Account" button below to go to our online registration portal. Then click on "Virtual Summer 2020 Courses - Session 2" or "Visit an Artist Series" on the left column and click on the class of your choice. Please refer to our Course Policies pages for more information.

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Summer 2020 Courses

By Hand at Home

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 20 - August 10       WAITLISTEDHandbuilt Trays upside down by Ruth Easterbrook
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course descriptionJoin 2019-20 Artist in Residence, Ruth Easterbrook in exploring hand building with clay (or salt dough) from home. On-line demonstrations will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques.  (4 classes)

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Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 24 - August 14
Days/Times: Fridays, 10am - 12noon EST
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Multiple

Course Description: 

The Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Ceramics Program have been close collaborators in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects for many years. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Five curators and conservation scientists from the Harvard Art Museums will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. (4 classes)... Read more about Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

Design for Tile

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 21 - August 11 Big Blue tile by Marek Jacisin
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Marek Jacisin

Course descriptionFrom our sketchbook to the wall, this class will focus on pattern design and the tools needed to make tile molds at home. Each week there will be a demonstration of making a tile with molds constructed with foam and simple tools. Students will be challenged to create a different tile design each week. For those students with access to clay, demonstrations of tile production with clay will assist the student in creating tiles at home. Students who do not have access to clay will benefit from observing the demonstrations and will have the tools to produce tiles once back in the studio. (4 classes)

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Fired Up Redux

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 23 - August 13 Kiln loaded with glazed pots.
Days/Times: Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced                   
Instructors: Geoff Booras and Dennis McLaughlin

Course description Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this new online course! (4 classes)
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Fundamentals of Form Design

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 22 - August 12 Design on chalkboard, vessel in progress on table by Ruth Easterbrook
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course descriptionJoin 2019-20 Artist in Residence Ruth Easterbrook as she guides students to focus on the foundation of all pots by breaking down form into its basic shapes. Students will then use paper, scissors and their sketchbooks to improve their future work. (4 classes)

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Inside the Artist's Studio

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 21 - August 11 Sean O'Connell Jar
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Kyle Johns

Course descriptionJoin 2019-20 Artist in Residence, Kyle Johns for a virtual trip around the country to visit four contemporary ceramic artists in their own studios: Chris Pickett, Lorna Meadon, Sean O'Connell and Kala Stein. Each visit will provide a look into the artist’s studio and engage you in conversation with that artist. Each week you will be guided to research that week’s artist and become familiar with their work. You will then take part in the artist interview, led by Kyle Johns, and encouraged to bring your own questions for the artists. The conversations that will take place are intended to inspire us to consider our own work and practice in fresh and different ways. (4 classes) Photo: Jar, Sean O'Connell

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Plant Based Printing Processes I

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Summer

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2020

Dates:  July 22 - August 12         WAITLISTEDPlant print by Anne Eder, purple background, leaf design
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course description: This class is an introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, and other plant-based printing methods. We will meet via online platform once a week for demonstrations and students will then take what they have learned and complete that week’s assignment, returning for troubleshooting, critique and a new demo each week. Everything needed to take this course should be easily obtainable from the backyard, a nearby park, or even the grocery. (4 classes)
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Plant Based Printing Processes II

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 23 - August 13            WAITLISTED pattern created from plants and photographic process to be demonstrated in class
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course description: In this sequel to Plant Based Printing we will go deeper into processes from the first session and explore anthotype printing in 3D and on other substrates, expanded chlorophyll printing, and combining lumen and phytogram printing with cyanotype and chemigram processes.  (4 classes)

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Private Wheel Lessons

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 20 - August 15White Plate, Slip Design by Steve Murphy
Days/Times: Arranged with instructor. 1 hr. appointments
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description:  For those with access to a pottery wheel at home, Steve Murphy will work with you one-on-one on throwing technique, perfecting forms or challenging you to try new ones! A camera set-up that shows a view of you throwing on the wheel is required as well as access to Zoom. Before registering, contact Kathy King, Director at kking@fas.harvard.edu to arrange for a day/time that works for both you and the instructor. You will then be assisted in registering for the lessons. With permission of the instructor, additional lessons can be obtained.

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Relief Printmaking

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 22 - August 12
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced

Instructor: Deighton Abrams


Course description: Explore the process of composing and carving relief blocks at home. Relief printmaking on blocks of linoleum and contemporary alternatives is a subtractive process, where the remaining surface area of the relief block can be inked and printed. The resulting block will not only be able used to print onto paper, but can also be impressed into clay or printed onto a clay form with ceramic slips and underglaze. Guest instructor Darrah Bowden will share her process of using relief blocks onto plaster to create decorative clay slabs. (4 classes)... Read more about Relief Printmaking

Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction I

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 21 - August 11Paper Sculpture Folded
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course description: Make the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. Create paper prototypes out of cut, rolled, folded and assembled paper. Papier-mâché, home-made paper clay, mold making, casting and embossing may be explored. Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions. (4 weeks)

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Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction II

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Summer

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2020

Dates: July 23 - August 13Paper Sculpture
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

 

Course descriptionMake the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. This class will build on the skills learned in session one, but students from all levels may join the class to learn about paper mache, paper mache clay, tissue paper sculpture, homemade silicone molds, casting and embossing.  Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions. (4 weeks)

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Wheel Intensive - On-line Edition

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Summer

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2020

Steve Murphy On-line TeachingDates: July 20 - August 10
Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description:  For those with access to a pottery wheel at home or those happy to observe, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. The instructor will provide demonstrations based on what forms and/or techniques students would like to improve upon during this class. (4 classes)

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Visit An Artist Series

2020 Jul 24

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Nicki Green

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Nicki Green Ceramic Artist

Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

During this 2-hour event, we will travel to San Francisco to the studio of Nicki Green. Nicki will be featured soon at LaiSun Keane Gallery in Boston. Gallery owner, Lai Sun Keane will be in conversation with the artist.

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2020 Jul 31

Visit an Artist - Linda Lopez

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Linda Lopez, Ceramic ArtistJoin us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

This week we will visit the studio of prolific sculptor and Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics and Foundations at University of Arkansas Linda Lopez!

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2020 Aug 01

Visit an Artist Surface Special with Suze Lindsay

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

SUze Lindsay PotteryJoin us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

We had a wonderful visit with Suze Lindsay in Session 1 and many of you reached out for a second visit to focus on surface! Once again, we travel to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special 2-hour edition of our series! Suze (scheduled to be a Demonstrating Artist at this year's National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts this past March) and her husband Kent McLaughlin work out of their studio Fork Mountain pottery, featuring the salt kiln that Suze uses for the beautiful surfaces of her work. Suze will welcome us to her studio for demonstration, discussion of her surface work and her career as a studio potter and educator.

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2020 Aug 07

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Paul Andrew Wandless

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

paul andrew wandlessJoin us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

We are thrilled to travel to Chicago to visit multi-media artist, author and educator Paul Andrew Wandless. Our discussion will be around materiality and the thought process Paul goes through to choose what types of materials serve his concepts best. Clay, printmaking, stone carving, mold making, leatherworking, metalsmithing, wood carving and painting are all mediums used in combination or individually for creation of his works. How do you organize a studio to work with a multiple materials, all with different characteristics and needs for space and safety? Well, we shall find out!

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2020 Aug 09

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Dennis McLaughlin

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Dennis McLaughlin

 

Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

You are going to flip your lid during this very special 2-hour event with Denny McLaughlin at the Harvard Ceramics Program in Allston, MA. Denny, being one of the few staff who have access to our facility due to COVID, will be working in our studio live! This session will focus on throwing lidded forms - jars, casseroles, etc.. Denny will address the challenges of creating lids, finials and pairing handles to the lidded form.

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2020 Aug 15

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Christina Erives

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Christina Erives

Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

This week, we visit the studio of sculptor Christina Erives! Christina believes that ceramics as material has permanence, it is one of the ways we were able to learn about ancient cultures. There is so much beauty in these traditions and her aim has been to make a mark of her time that will be preserved in the history of ceramic objects. 

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