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Ceramics Courses

BFA Research + Thesis: Core 5

Course No. CDE 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern | Seth Nagelberg

Core 5 is a hybrid seminar/studio courses for seniors with a focus on investigation, growth and verbal intelligibility. Each student develops their own criteria for a thesis and portfolio of work through research, exploration, and experimentation in various materials and media. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments, which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis are developed during the first semester with the final thesis due before the BFA Show and critique. The course includes field trips to museums, galleries, and artist studio visits to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice. The mid-year review at the end of the fall semester is an environment-wide presentation and progress review, which also prepares students for the oral defense of the BFA exhibition in the spring. Required of all graduating Craft & Design majors. Offered fall. Open to electives.

BFA Statement + Exhibition: Core 6

Course No. CDE 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

BFA Statement and Exhibition is a hybrid seminar/studio course that builds on the research and thesis work developed in Core 5. Research, exploration, and experimentation culminate with the presentation of the statement and the BFA exhibition. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments, which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis and BFA statement are further developed during the spring semester with the statement and body of work completed for the BFA exhibition and review. The course includes field trips and artist studio visits to offer the students critical, historical, and contemporary points of reflection. The course also addresses the planning and preparation toward career goals including goals statements, resume review, and digital presentations by each senior. Required of all graduating Craft & Design majors. Offered spring. Open to electives.

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.

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Alberto Veronica Lopez

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Alberto Veronica Lopez received his MFA at Syracuse University and his BFA at Kansas City Art Institute. His a...more

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