Academics . Courses
Ceramics: Major Day/Special Projects
Course No. CER 242M-342M-442M Credits: 3.0
Faculty Judith Salomon
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.
Ceramics: Monumental Ceramics
Course No. CER 260X-360X-460X Credits: 3.0
Faculty Judith Salomon
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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