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Ceramics: Monumental Ceramics

Course No. CER 260X-360X-460X  Credits: 3.0

We will explore the fabrication of large scale, hand-built structures and vessels. Ceramic history, surface considerations and non-traditional finishing techniques will be utilized. The class will address drawing and mark making in relation to mass and volume. Clay in various forms, fired and unfired, will be investigated to problem solve and create large-scale clay tiles, relief work, murals, multiples and installations. Some previous clay experience is required. Open to all.

Ceramics: Multiples/Moldmaking

Course No. CER 248-348-448  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

The class will be engaged with the concepts of multiples in the making of contemporary functional, sculptural and design works. Mold making; such as drain cast, press molds and other production techniques will be utilized along with the use of 3-D modeling. when necessary. There will be lectures that address technical issues and artworks made of clay, both historical and contemporary. Required of all majors. Open to all.

Ceramics: Nature/Structure

Course No. CER 251-351-451  Credits: 3.0

In this class we will be looking to nature for inspiration. The natural world and its infinite structures, patterns, and phenomena are an inexhaustible source for visual artists. We will make use of this vast resource, bringing traces of what can be discovered and integrated into our clay work. Both form and surface will be studied and utilized and we will learn to fire a variety of kilns. There will be lectures on contemporary and historical art and design in clay. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all.

Ceramics: Raw Materials

Course No. CER 249-349-449  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

This course will combine ceramic fabrication skills with an emphasis on clay body formulation and glaze testing and development. Students will learn press molding, tile making, and hand-building skills along with clay and glazes for multiple uses and temperatures. Class will include lectures, lab work, and instruction in firing gas and electric kilns. Lectures will address historical and contemporary ceramic works, along with technical issues. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all.

Ceramics: Surface + Form

Course No. CER 255-355-455  Credits: 3.0

Students will work on assigned and self-proposed projects which explore the ceramic surface in relationship to two and three-dimensional form. Concepts and critical theory will be addressed. Lectures will discuss historical and contemporary art and design history. Previous clay working experience required.

Ceramics: Table for Two: Evolving Rituals of Food

Course No. CER 252-352-452  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

We will focus on the human experience of eating, and the rituals and modes of communication involving community, food and drink. The potter's wheel will be our primary means of fabrication for the creation of objects, parts and multiples. Glaze formulation, surface techniques and firing of kilns will be incorporated in this class. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all.

Ceramics: The Narrative Vessel

Course No. CER 246-346-446  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Seth Nagelberg

The focus of this class will be the ceramic object as a vehicle for two and three-dimensional expression. We will introduce the potter's wheel, handbuilding/forming techniques along with glazing and surface treatments. Kiln firing will be introduced, including gas and electric kilns. We will discuss artworks made from clay in the past, present and future. This class is open to all: take as preparation for other course work in the Ceramics Department.

Ceramics: The Potter's Wheel/Utility + Production

Course No. CER 240-340-440  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

Wheel based vessels and sculptural forms will be explored in this class. The potter's wheel is an important tool for artists and designers who want to create compositional forms using multiple parts. Glaze making, glazing and kiln firing will be incorporated into this course. Lectures on historical and contemporary ceramic works will be included to further help student create a personal direction. Some wheel work suggested. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all.

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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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