Explore | Refine





Dates: September 5 - November 21 ***Waitlisted for Harvard Graduate Students and Adult Community***Zac Mickelson
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Zac Mickelson

Course Description: This class format focuses on breaking old habits and considering new directions to take our work including utility, form and surface - including a soda firing! There are four, three-week cycles to this 12-week class. For two weeks, students, with the guidance of the instructor will “explore” through experimentation with different forms. The third week, the group comes together to “refine” through critique intended to refine our ideas. This format is then repeated three more times. Though this class does focus primarily on the wheel, hand builders are welcome! Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (12 classes/14 weeks)

Course Fees: $125 for Harvard Undergraduate Students, $300 for Harvard Graduate Students, $930 for Adult Community, TAP Regular and Long-Service - Follow instructions in online registration system for pricing.


  • Adult Community: 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
  • 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.



Your course fee covers use of all clays (terra cotta, stoneware, sculpture body, porcelain and casting slip), bisque firing, glazes, and glaze firing up to 8,600 cu. inches of kiln space, as well as 7-day access to the ceramics program and its equipment from the start date of your class through December 7th. You are invited to participate in the Holiday Show and Sale from December 12 – 15th!

Registration begins Monday, July 29th at 11am!

For questions regarding course content, policies or facilities, please contact Director, Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ji-Eun Kim at jikim@fas.harvard.edu.

Location: Ceramics Studio