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Ceramics Courses

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: Image, Pattern + Surface in Clay

Course No. CER 202-302-402  Credits: 3.0

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: Majolica, The Painted Pot

Course No. CER 247-347-447  Credits: 3.0

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.

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 Seth Nagelberg

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
Faculty Seth Nagelberg

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.

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