Ceramics Program

Important note about our programs

8/13/20: Announcing our Fall 2020 online programs & firing services.
5/20/20: We are pleased to announce our Summer 2020 series of online courses.
3/11/20: In accordance with the University’s decision to suspend on-campus classes for the remainder of the term, all Ceramics Program on-campus programming and classes are suspended indefinitely as of Monday, March 16. The Ceramics Studio will also be closed to the public during this time. We will keep you posted on any updates, and we look forward to resuming classes and other activities as soon as we are permitted. To stay informed, please check the Ceramics Program FAQssign up for the Ceramics Program newsletter, and read about University protocols on the Harvard University Coronavirus website



Ceramics in the Harvard Arts Blog

Raising glasses

Raise a Glass detailFor an Office for the Arts Ceramics Program exhibition, modern artists respond to ancient artifacts. In conjunction with an exhibition at Harvard Art Museums, the new ceramics creations offer insights, commentary and reflections to viewers. 

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2020 Oct 30

Visit an Artist - Brad Schwieger

4:00pm to 5:00pm



Brad Schwieger

We're off to Ohio to visit the studio of master potter and sculptor Brad Schwieger. During this one-hour studio visit, Brad will discuss his artistic journey and the parallels he finds between architecture and pottery. "Like architecture, pottery deals with elements of form and structure, interior/exterior, utility or containment, surface detail and adornment. I have attempted to synthesize these interests and produce work that shares the minimal and complex, the miniature and monumental, the formal elements of design, the implied and the possibility of actual function." - Brad Schwieger

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2020 Oct 31

Visit an Artist - En Iwamura

10:00am to 11:00am



En Iwamura

We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura!

About the Visit an Artist Series: 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.

En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment. Through his work, Iwamura intend to create such an encounter with site-responsive installations, and provide through entering the space, an opportunity for viewers to recognize Ma themselves.

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2020 Nov 12

Visit an Artist - Clive Sithole

12:00pm to 2:00pm



Clive SitholeThis week, we'll stay close to home and visit our neighbors at Mudflat Studios in Somerville, MA to work with the amazing Clive Sithole! Clive was born in Soweto, South Africa and has traveled around South Africa to study and work with local potters, including Zulu and Venda ceramic artists. He has led workshops internationally, traveling to Nigeria to study the Udu ceramic drum, and to the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England, to work with Magdalene Odundo. In 2018, Clive presented a workshop with Zulu potters Jabu Nala and Thembe Nala, demonstrating their traditional and contemporary coil building techniques and surface treatments. In 2019, Clive came to the US to be Mudflat's 2019-2020 Artist in Residence.

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