Experimental Photography on Clay - Online





Dates: January 26 - April 13 (12 classes)Image of young girl on clay tile from Experimental Photo on Clay class with Anne Eder.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET on 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 the Intro level class, goes deeper into the science, and establishes new ground in real time. Image credit: Sophia Carretta

Prerequisite: Introduction to Creating Photographic Images on Clay or equivalent experience. 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 intro class materials list for information.

Suggested Materials List: (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 4 cents 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, 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.


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.