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Ceramics Courses

Advanced Enamel Process

Course No. MET 352-452  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief

This course will focus on advanced and experimental processes with enamel. Processes may include but are not limited to: torchfiring, electroforming, grissaille, plique-a-jour, enameling on silver and gold. Advanced students are expected to continue their exploration of the medium, focusing on enamel techniques not covered in the beginning course. Students are encouraged to explore 3-dimensional formats and large-scale applications at the same time as mastering their skills in the processes previously learned. Graduating students are generally working independently on research and production of work for the BFA exhibit. Technical demonstrations will be based on the skill level of the students enrolled each semester. Prerequisites: MET245 Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief.

Ceramics: Advanced Handbuilding

Course No. CER 243-343-443  Credits: 3.0

This course will explore basic and advanced hand-building techniques to explore individual investigation of clay for personal ideation and concepts. We will make glazes, fire kilns and explore ceramic history. We will cover all types of work from utility to sculpture and its relationship to site and place. The class will research and test various ceramic materials, clay bodies and surface treatments. Open to all.

Ceramics: Alchemy of Fire + Clay

Course No. CER 244-344-444  Credits: 3.0

Students will explore and experiment with ancient and contemporary firing techniques, such as raku, pit firing, sawdust and saggar firing. Ceramic history of the vessel and sculpture traditions will be covered. Work will be fabricated using the wheel and hand building techniques. The class will work on drawing and image making using these primeval traditions to create their own personal idiom and concepts. Open to all.

Ceramics: Architectonic Clay + Ceramic Sculpture

Course No. CER 250-350-450  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

This course will focus on creating works of ceramic sculpture and ceramic works that will be presented on the wall, floor or used as an architectural element or ornament such as public and domestic art projects and tile projects. We will cover basic ceramic fabrication to include, Large scale work in clay, The use of ceramic materials and construction techniques to create sculpture, tile making, press molding, use of the extruder, glazing and firing of gas and electric kilns. Lectures will include historical and contemporary works. Projects will include architecture based work for domestic and public formats, experimental unfired solutions and two dimensional pattern and design work, ceramic surface development, and all Ceramic traditions, which address subject matter outside of domestic utility. Clay is an easily accessible material that makes it ideal for creating both figurative and abstract works in any scale. The course will include some research and testing of sculpture bodies and surfaces. Course requirements: Some clay working experience (high school, college level, or equivalent) It would be valuable to students in Ceramics, Glass, Metals, Design, Interiors and sculpture, painting, and drawing. Some clay working experience suggested. See Ceramics: 241, 341, 441: Introduction to three-dimensional plastic media.

Ceramics: Image, Pattern + Surface in Clay

Course No. CER 202-302-402  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

This class will concentrate on the integration of form and surface using drawing, painting, pattern and mark making on ceramics. We will use ceramic materials, print processes, decals and digital imagery on both two and three dimensional clay objects. We will research historical and current ceramic works and the technology of image making on clay to invent a personal narrative. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all. Prerequisites: Some clay working experience is suggested.

Ceramics: Internship

Course No. CER 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.

Ceramics: Majolica, The Painted Pot

Course No. CER 247-347-447  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

This course will explore the use of the painted image and pattern through the tin- glazed Majolica earthenware tradition. This is a brightly colored glazing technique steeped in the ceramic history of the Middle East, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Wheel based and handbuilt fabrication will be taught along with over-glaze brush techniques. Students will investigate personal iconography and its connection to form, volume and content. Some clay experience is useful. Open to all.

Ceramics: Major Day/Special Projects

Course No. CER 242M-342M-442M  Credits: 3.0

Students will work on self-proposed projects, which explore content, meaning and material in two and three dimensions. Conceptual and critical thinking will be addressed in weekly Work in Progress Reviews. Lectures will address historical and contemporary work in art, design and ceramics. Previous clay work required.

Campus Connection information session: Oct. 16

Campus Connection information session: Oct. 16

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Seth Nagelberg

Seth Nagelberg

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Seth Nagelberg is an artist and designer working primarily in clay. In 2015 Nagelberg published his first book...more

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