This course will introduce students to the primary forming methods in ceramics as well as to creating the building blocks for a technical understanding. Students will be encouraged in a variety of making and finishing techniques working both sculpturally and functionally.
In this course, instruction will be given across all making methods. Hand-forming techniques – pinch, coil, slab – are emphasized. These making methods are incredibly flexible –to be used for you to make (just about) anything you can imagine! Clay is a mimic, it can take shape, texture, color and surface. It could look like plastic, leather, metal, wood, or, believe it or not, clay. This class is designed to familiarize you with all the possibilities of the material and provide a rudimentary understanding of the technicalities of the personality of clay. Assignments will address historical precedent, personal expression and technical development. Working in clay is more that the making of objects. Students will participate in kiln loading, maintenance and firings.
Due dates do count – once an assignment is given, the date listed as the due date on the assignment sheet is set!
March 5 – presentations
March 16 to the 31: Spring Break
April 23: last day of ‘wet clay’
MAY TBD: Final Critique during exam period
FOR THE FIRST DAY:
BRING: -an object you find interesting, either formally, sentimentally or otherwise
-From the art stacks of the library (660 – 799) – choose a book on an artist or topic that interests you