Introduction to Clay Bodies

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 4 - April 22Clay Bodies
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Matthew Katz/Casey Zeng


Course description: 

Introduction to Clay Bodies Online is a 13-week course focused on the science behind Clay Bodies. The course provides information and science to help everyone utilize clay bodies in ways that will help them take control of their materials and make their studios the best they can be. Course objectives include to develop a basic understanding of the origins, chemical composition, properties, and function of clay types: earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Understand the processing and usage of clay formulas as well as the analysis and performance of clay formulas. The application of clay formulas as related to throwing, construction and casting will be discussed as well as the tenants of heat and temperature and identification and correction of clay flaws. Note: Class will be held on President's Day, Monday, February 18th.

This is the same course that Matt Katz has been teaching for years at world class institutions, such as The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Montana State University, The University of Kansas, Harvard University, Hood College, Herron School of Art and the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education. The class itself will be a combination of on-demand, video lectures, live online discussions, and real-world experimentation. The information will be provided through on-line lectures that students can view in class as well as review outside of class. There will be live, on-line discussions with the instructor scheduled throughout. Knowledge of PowerPoint and use of a personal laptop with PowerPoint and Excel is highly recommended. This class does not come with lab access outside of making test tiles and accessing the Materials Room for Clay Mixing.  (13 classes/13 weeks)

Topics will include:

  1. Geology
  2. Clay mineralogy / Clay types
  3. Fluxes / Fillers / Material selection
  4. Rheology
  5. Drying and shrinkage
  6. Particle behavior
  7. Thermal properties / Quartz
  8. Firing / Heat work
  9. Physical properties / Defects
  10. Bodies / Body Profiles
  11. Casting slips
  12. Alternative Bodies / Processes
  13. Low Temperature Bodies

The class will be a combination of on-demand video lectures, live online discussions, and real-world experimentation. The information will be provided through online lectures that students can view in class as well as review outside of class. There will be live, online discussions with the instructor scheduled throughout. Knowledge of PowerPoint and use of a personal laptop with PowerPoint and Excel is highly recommended. This class does not come with lab access outside of making test tiles and accessing the Materials Room for Glaze Mixing.

Course Fees: $125 for Harvard Undergraduate Students, $275 for Harvard Graduate Students, $705 for Adult Community, TAP Regular and Long Service - Follow instructions in on-line registration system for pricing.

Your course fees includes clay for test tiles, access to all raw glaze materials for mixing, firing of all tests and 7 day access to the Materials Room to complete course projects. This class does not come with lab access outside of making test tiles and accessing the Materials Room for glaze mixing.

Registration begins on Tuesday, November 13th at 11am!

If you are taking this course as a 2nd course, please email Ceramics Associate, Ji-Eun Kim at jikim@fas.harvard.edu for fee information and promo code prior to registration.

For questions regarding course content, please contact Director of Education, Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.


Location: Ceramics Studio