Explore Soda Firing





Dates:  September 6 - November 22 ***Waitlisted for Harvard Graduate Students and Adult Community***Denny McLaughlin
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Course description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel thrown forms by using soda slips and washes as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a soda fired functional pot.  The experience of building a larger vocabulary of soda firing possibilities and results will lay the groundwork for new directions for functional work. (12 classes/14 weeks)

Course Fees: $125 for Harvard College 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 on 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