Ceramics

Surface Exploration

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: June 2 - August 11* (10 classes | 11 weeks)Textured ceramic object by Katie Bosley Sabin
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor:  Katie Bosley Sabin

Course Description: Join Mudflat Studio’s 2021-22 Artist in Residence, Katie Bosley Sabin in a deep dive of surface exploration. Discover new ways to liven up your handbuilt or thrown ceramic vessels and consider elements of design as you decorate a wide range of functional objects. Expand your technical skillset as you learn how to apply slip in new ways, experiment with resist methods, and carve and pierce clay.

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Form and Function - The Way of the Slab

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Summer

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2022

Dates: June 1 - August 3 (10 classes | 11 weeks)cup by Joanna Mark
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Joanna Mark and Diane Lulek 

Course Description: This class will demonstrate a combination of slab, surface decoration, and an exploration of form. Techniques will focus on both hard and soft slab construction to create mugs, planters, plates and trays, boxes, sculpture and more. Surface techniques will include the use of slips, carving, inlay, sgraffito, handmade stamps, and found objects. Glazing techniques and decoration will be discussed. Basic clay knowledge is recommended.

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Professional Studio Practice

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Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: June 1 - August 3 (10 classes | 11 weeks)Nathalie Royston cups in Alpine White glaze.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Nathalie Royston

Course Description: How do we transition our studio practice into a small business? What are the considerations we must make about our work, our practice, and the day-to-day running of a creative business? Through group discussion and critique, exercises, and an individual project we’ll review the essentials for a creative business and develop a framework for a future as a creative professional. Class ... Read more about Professional Studio Practice

Independent Studio - Electric Kiln Certified Only

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Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: May 31 - August 12 (11 weeks)tool box
Days/Time: Varies
Level: Advanced
Supervisors: Kathy King Director and Geoff Booras, Operations Coordinator

Course Description: Studio access for self-directed work. Independent Studio is open to those who have previously enrolled in a class at the Ceramics Program, are certified to fire the electric kilns, and can process their own work. Includes studio access and other opportunities. 

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Inspired by History

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Summer

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2022

Dates: June 3 - August 12* (10 classes | 11 weeks)Dennis McLaughlin with demo piece for Inspired by History.
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:  Denny McLaughlin

Course Description: Let’s think globally as we seek inspiration for both form and function from potters in the last 10,000 years! Each class will be spent examining the functional pottery made during a different time and cultures from around the globe. Objects from the collections of the Harvard Art Museums will inspire demonstrations both on and off the wheel. We’ll consult with curators and conservators from the

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Interdisciplinary Projects

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Summer

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2022

Dates: June 2 - August 4 (10 classes | 11 weeks)Outdoor installation by Anne Eder.
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:  Anne Eder

Course Description: A forum for experimentation with the contemporary art methods of photography, mixed-media sculpture, and installation (this class assumes all participants have basic clay knowledge). Focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work and problem solving for site-specific locations. 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 ... Read more about Interdisciplinary Projects

Combined Methods

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Summer

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2022

Dates: June 1 - August 3 (10 classes | 11 weeks)Tea pot by Maureen Mills.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Maureen Mills

Course Description: Join new instructor and full-time studio potter Maureen Mills for a course designed for students moving forward in their interest of the ceramic medium, combining wheel thrown and altered forms, with a focus on integrating new surface techniques with slips and glaze. 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, slip and glazing techniques.

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Wheel Intensive

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Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: June 6 - August 15* (10 classes | 10 weeks)Steve Murphy
Day/Time: Mondays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy
 
Course Description: Focusing on the wheel, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement, trimming for perfect feet, and surface texture and color. Starting with footed bowls we will use old school measuring tools to make multiples with a strong focus on a perfectly curved inner surface. We will cover large vessels, covered vessels and the tradition of Korean double-walled and pierced vases. Class... Read more about Wheel Intensive

Arthur's Garden

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Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: June 2 - August 11* (10 classes | 11 weeks)Arthur Halvorsen plate.
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Arthur Halvorsen

Course Description: Get ready for a riot of color, new surface techniques for your work and a lot of laughter! In this course, you will be introduced to Arthur’s playful process of using vibrant colors depicting flora and fauna on everyday forms. Arthur’s spontaneous decorating is over the top full of creative energy and playful images. Class demonstrations will include applying several surface techniques applied to his hand built forms using stamps, sprigs, paper stencils, newsprint transfers, sgraffito and decals. There will be time for hands on group activity designed to explore newsprint ... Read more about Arthur's Garden

Ceramic Sculpture - Shaping Space and Carving Shadows

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: June 1 - August 3 (10 classes | 11 weeks)Deighton Abrams Sculpture
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description: Building ceramic sculpture is both a technical creative challenge but one that can be overcome by embracing the concepts of practice and play. The course will be split in two halves: starting with structured exercises in sculptural building techniques and ending with introductions to process response and other creative idea forming techniques. For those who are new to clay, basic building techniques and technical guidance will be given by the instructor throughout ... Read more about Ceramic Sculpture - Shaping Space and Carving Shadows

Coil Built Vessels

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Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: May 31 - August 2 (10 classes | 11 weeks)She Burke coil pots.
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.... Read more about Coil Built Vessels

Introduction to Wheel Throwing

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Date: May 31 - August 2 (10 classes | 11 weeks)Diane Lulek Planter with plant in it.
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Diane Lulek

Course Description: Use the potter’s wheel as a tool for making functional pottery, as well as introducing ways the wheel can be used to create closed forms and parts to connect. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning each class will build off each other to gain skills and confidence in clay.... Read more about Introduction to Wheel Throwing

Basics and Challenges with Deighton Abrams

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: June 2 - August 4 (10 classes/11 weeks) ***WAITLISTED***Basics and Challenges
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Deighton Abrams

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.

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Basics and Challenges with Katie Bosley Sabin

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: May 31 - August 9* (10 classes | 11 weeks) ***WAITLISTED***Basics and Challenges
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Katie Bosley Sabin

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.

*Class will not be held on Tuesday, June 28th due to Instructor's wedding!

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Basics and Challenges with Steve Murphy

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: June 6 - August 15* (10 classes | 10 weeks) ***WAITLISTED***Basics and Challenges
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Steve Murphy

Course Description: Basics and Challenges will cover many ways of making beautiful pots. From slab building plates and platters, pinching small bowls, hand building  small animals to throwing bowls on the wheel we cover it all. Class will start at 6:30 with a 30-minute lesson starting at 7. Small sketchbooks are required to take notes and record your glazing work.

*Class will not be held on Monday, July 4th for Indpendence Day.

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