Experimental Photography on Clay - Online





Dates: August 31 – November 16 (12 classes)cyanotype with nickel oxide
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description: Are you someone who enjoys combining art and science? If so, this course may be for you. Photography on clay is still an area of discovery, and in previous sessions we barely scratched the surface of understanding the physical and chemical web and the fascinating intersections of organic and inorganic crossover of these two mediums. This class builds on what we have learned so far and establishes new ground in real time. While it is not essential

to come to this with a photographic background, some knowledge of the medium or a willingness to learn about it will be helpful. The materials list can be built on an individual basis around your interests, or you can gather a basic kit ---see the materials list for information.

Suggested Materials List: (links to sources listed at bottom):

  • Transparency medium for creating negatives
  • Glass and clips
  • Some trays for processing
  • No darkroom needed but processes require a “dim” room without daylight (UV light).


  • Solar Fast dyes and wash
  • Cyanotype kit
  • Silver based processing chemistry or liquid emulsion
  • Assorted chemicals as needed for other processes involving light sensitive salts of metals TBD
  • Ammonium dichromate
  • Gum Arabic or similar colloid
  • Mason stains, underglazes, light colored clay body such as white stoneware or porcelain

Many chemicals are available on Amazon and Ebay! Also Artcraft Chemicals, Photographer's Formulary, and Bostick & Sullivan. Silverlight if you are in the UK. Please feel free to email with any questions.

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) for ceramic underglazes, chemicals and colorants. If you have questions, please email Ji-Eun Kim directly at jikim@fas.harvard.edu.

Course Fees: Your course fee covers instruction only. Local students may drop-off and pick-up class projects for firing at the cost of $0.04 per cubic inch. This can only be arranged by your instructor. Bisque fired cone 6 porcelain tiles will be available through the studio at a cost of $3.00 per tile plus shipping and handling if applicable. If you are interested in purchasing tiles for use in this class, please email Ji-Eun Kim, Administrative Coordinator, directly at jikim@fas.harvard.edu.

Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students, $325 for Harvard Graduate Students, $450 for Adult Community and Harvard Employee TAP Regular and Long Service.

  • Adult Community: 18+, General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, Extension School students, 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.

All registered students will receive a confirmation with class syllabus, link to the Zoom meeting and a link to the Google Classroom one week prior to the start date.


  • 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 gbooras@fas.harvard.edu.