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  • General

    rosalin delisle


    Building on basic wheel-throwing skills, assignments will examine the use of the wheel in the creation of both functional and sculptural work. Focus will be on component pieces and strategies for altering the symmetrical wheel thrown form.Betty Woodman


    This is a four credit class – non-negotiable.

    Research is a key component to artistic practice. Image presentations will focus on historical eras and regional distinctions. Awareness of the variety of approaches to ceramics, both historically and contemporarily contribute to developing an understanding of the choices you make in the studio. Short readings followed by class discussion will cover a variety of topics intended to explore the motivation of individual artists and develop an understanding of the history behind contemporary studio ceramics.

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      READING 1: Re-inventing the Wheel - The Origins of Studio Pottery

      to be read in preparation for discussion Tuesday, February 8.

      Consider the following in the context of the time period (1915 - 1935) and today:
      -role of Arts and Crafts movement and industry
      -role of criticism and the museum
      -orientalism as inspiration/ideal

      Referring to Fry's terms on pg. 53 ("austere rhythm, structural design, relation to planes, inherent unity") are there others you may coin to describe contemporary ceramic practice?
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        Reading 2 - Friday February 25
        please take the time to read carefully and view the video. Come prepared to class with two questions intended to generate discussion - consider what you don't agree with. read critically and seek connections.
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        Reading 3: 20th Century Ceramics

        Read the introduction to 20th Century Ceramics

        ALSO: find a contemporary maker that interests you. Bring in their artist statement and links to images of their work to share and discuss in class.
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          Reading 4 - Paul Mathieu - Art of the Future

          read the preface attached below. the full electronic book is available on the web - complete with illustrations here:

          Keeping in mind that this is only an introduction to a much broader text, reflect on statements he makes that are surprising, that you disagree with, are moving or revelatory or none of the above. Are there statements that cause you to consider ceramics in a different way?

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