Expressive Sculpture





Deighton AbramsSession 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 2pm - 4pm (EST)
Beginning to Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description:

Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we can’t.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the student’s own studio or to the Harvard studio for firing. If time allows, surface techniques with slips and underglazes will be discussed as well as planning for glaze firing.

With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like to review, these recordings will be available for 30 days after the end of the course.

*Session 1 October 12th class will be held on Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day.

Suggested Materials:

Clay (T1 Sculpture Body from Harvard Ceramics would work)
Carving Tools


We have available for pick-up:

25 lbs. Amherst Brown Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00
25 lbs. Amherst White Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00

25 lbs. Amherst T1 Sculpture Clay – Cone 10 $25.00
25 lbs. Amherst Porcelain – Cone 10 $35.00
25 lbs. Standard Terra Cotta 103 (without grog) – Cone 04 $35.00
10 lbs. Plaster – $10.00
1 Gallon Slip Cast Cone 6 Porcelain Clay - $12.00

If you would like to buy clay from the Harvard Ceramics Studio, please email Ji Eun Kim directly at

You may also consider ordering from a local supplier (Sheffield Pottery, Amherst Pottery Supply or Portland Pottery) but you will need to provide documentation of the clay body and firing range.


Registered local students are welcome to drop off, fire and glaze your ceramic work through the Harvard Ceramics program. We charge .03 cents per cubic inch for all firings (bisque and glaze). We offer electric kiln (Cone 06 for bisque, 6 for glaze), high fire reduction and soda vapor firings (Cone 10). Specialty firings can be arranged.

Course Fees: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students, $300 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Employees and Adult Community.

  • Adult Community: General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, Harvard 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). We will not be able to accept TAP for Fall 2020.
  • 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.

Register Here

For questions regarding course content, policies or materials, please contact Director, Kathy King at

For questions regarding registration, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ji-Eun Kim at

Location: Zoom