Hand Building Functional Ceramics and Pottery
Learn the basics of hand building to create functional tableware, containers, and vases.
Ceramic design will be studied in an attempt to understand the elements involved in making successful functional ceramics that are easy and pleasurable to use, appealing to the eye, and enhance the experience of their function.
Hand Building Ceramic Art 1
Learn the techniques of pinching & coiling.
An in-depth exploration of form through the dissection and reconstruction of basic shapes, and combining techniques, will give the student a solid understanding of how to use ceramics to achieve a variety of structures.
With an emphasis on process, rather than product, students will be coached to identify their style preferences and express their individuality in the medium. Various ceramic artists will be studied in an effort to expose students to the diversity in the field of ceramics.
Hand Building Ceramic Art 2
Learn the techniques of slab building.
Beginning with geometric forms, students will learn to use slabs in an architectural fashion.
Moving from geometric into organic form, various methods of draping and use of the soft slab will be explored. Professional ceramic artists who employ slabs in their work will be examined, and students will be encouraged to express their thoughts and opinions about this existing art as well as describe their experiences with the creative process.
The Conversation Piece
Students will be given assignments that will seek to answer these questions and clarify their artistic vision.
What does it take to make a sculpture interesting, dynamic, intriguing, and the focal point of conversation?
How can ceramic sculpture be in dialogue with itself?
Pre-requisite: Hand Building Ceramic Art 1/Previous experience in hand building
The Figure in Clay
Learn the techniques of modelling and sculpting.
Students will be shown how to sketch in clay, create realistic facial features, and use the human body as a platform for inspiration. Inquiry into how emotions are conveyed through posture and facial expressions will help to direct the student in their creative process and support the student in conveying their emotions through their artwork.
An historical art perspective in sculpture will be introduced to elaborate on the themes that arise.
Narratives in Ceramics
Got a story to tell?
Explore ceramics as a platform to illustrate a viewpoint, plot, secret, or experience. Hand building techniques such as modelling and high and low relief will be taught in an effort to show students how to create a vignette or landscape that reflects our human experience.
Various ceramic artists will be presented and themes in the work will be discussed. Students will conduct and present research that will assist in the realization of their own ceramic sculptures.