Coil Built Vessels





Dates: January 25 – April 12 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS WAITLISTEDShea Burke coiled vessel on ground with fabric coming out of the interior.
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Shea Burke

Course Description: Join 2021-22 Harvard Ceramics Program Artist in Residence Shea Burke in focusing on coil-building vessel forms as much more than an introductory hand building process. Today increasing numbers of ceramists are coil-building and have found the method to be far more than an introduction to clay, but a technique for creative expression in ceramics with unique value. Coil building isn’t a fast process, and one must be mindful in ways that are quite different than working with slabs or throwing on the potter’s wheel. To coil well, one must slow down, focus, and feel the clay during every pinch. Today, given that our way of being is fast paced, and we are constantly plugged into technology and social media, once students settle themselves down into the process, they may find coil building to be a meditative process during which they can quiet their mind.

Materials List:
Basic Pottery Tool Kit

Tool Purchases:
Here is the list of available tools and materials at the Ceramics Program. You may also consider ordering from a local supplier (Sheffield Pottery, Amherst Pottery Supply or Portland Pottery). If you have questions, please email Ji-Eun Kim directly at

Course Fees: Your course fee covers use of all clays (terra cotta, midrange, and high fire stoneware, sculpture body, porcelain, and midrange casting slip), bisque firing, glazes, and glaze firing up to 8600 cu. inches for 14 weeks of kiln space, as well as 7-day access to the Ceramics Program and its equipment from the start date of your class through April 30th. You are welcome to participate in our Spring Show and Sale, May 4-8th, 2022.

 $125 for Harvard College Undergraduate Students; $400 for Harvard Graduate Students; $930 for Adult Community; Harvard Employee TAP Regular and Long Service - follow instructions in online registration system for pricing.

  • Adult Community: 18+; General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, Extension School students, Harvard University Doctoral Candidates and faculty/staff who are not TAP-eligible; students from universities other than Harvard
  • Harvard Employees eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): TAP regular (employees worked less than 15 years) and TAP long service (employees who worked 15 or more years at Harvard)
  • Harvard College Undergraduate Students: Currently enrolled students at Harvard College. This does not include Harvard Extension School Undergraduate Students. You must register with your Harvard email – we can arrange for an alternative email to be used for class after registration is complete.
  • Harvard Graduate Students: Currently enrolled students in a Harvard University Graduate Program. This does not include Harvard Extension School Graduate Students or Harvard University Doctoral Candidates.

Registration will begin on Tuesday, November 16th at 2:00PM EST.


For questions regarding course content, policies, staffing or facilities, please contact Director, Kathy King.

For questions regarding registration, purchase of tools and materials, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ji-Eun Kim.

For questions regarding electric kiln certification, materials, studio equipment and safety policies, please contact Operations Coordinator, Geoff Booras at