Academics . Courses
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.
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.
Ceramics: Vessel Utility
Course No. CER 253-353-453 Credits: 3.0
This course will investigate the historical and contemporary forms of the ceramic vessel/pot. The dual nature of works that function, as receptacles for meaning and narrative as well as domestic work for the table or presentation will be researched. Construction techniques to be covered will include hand building and the potter's wheel along with a variety of surface treatments and firing methods. Open to all.
Changing Views: Perspectives on African Art
Course No. ACD 385X Credits: 3.0
Faculty Katherine Flach
Through lectures, readings, and discussions, this seminar will explore important developments in the history of the reception, study, and photography of African art, from the 15th century to present day. An analysis of a number of key publications by pioneering scholars in the field will illustrate the multiple approaches that have been developed to gain insight into Africa’s artistic heritage. Special attention will be devoted to the dialogue between anthropological and art-historical perspectives on the arts of Africa. This seminar will also address the politics and ethics of the acquisition and representation of African art, as well as the methodological challenges connected to their formal and stylistic diversity, and issues of artistic production and patronage.
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