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Ceramics Courses

Creative Clay Studio

Course No. CER 250-350-450  Credits: 3.0

This course will focus on creating works of ceramic sculpture and ceramic works that will be presented on the wall, floor or used as an architectural element or ornament such as public and domestic art projects and tile projects. We will cover basic ceramic fabrication to include, Large scale work in clay, The use of ceramic materials and construction techniques to create sculpture, tile making, press molding, use of the extruder, glazing and firing of gas and electric kilns. Lectures will include historical and contemporary works. Projects will include architecture based work for domestic and public formats, experimental unfired solutions and two dimensional pattern and design work, ceramic surface development, and all Ceramic traditions, which address subject matter outside of domestic utility. Clay is an easily accessible material that makes it ideal for creating both figurative and abstract works in any scale. The course will include some research and testing of sculpture bodies and surfaces. Course requirements: Some clay working experience (high school, college level, or equivalent) It would be valuable to students in Ceramics, Glass, Metals, Design, Interiors and sculpture, painting, and drawing. Some clay working experience suggested. See Ceramics: 241, 341, 441: Introduction to three-dimensional plastic media.

Creative Process + Material Studies: Core 1

Course No. CDE 200  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

Students focus on the creative process and material studies across the craft majors. From inspiration to the production of multiples, each major explores design and making through their respective mediums as well as other materials. The sophomores in the Craft + Design environment address common themes while working in their respective major: Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry + Metals. The course affords the integration of skills and knowledge from foundation including drawing, design, color, digital synthesis, and collaboration, with the practices related to the full scope of the Craft + Design major programs. Offered fall.

Digital Modeling + Making: Core 4

Course No. CDE 301  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern

Craft & Design Core 4 explores the integration of computer-aided design (CAD) across the craft disciplines. Building on the Core 3 course, Digital Modeling and Making addresses a range of new materials and technologies toward innovative applications across the range of Craft, new skills and knowledge from 3D modeling to computer-aided manufacturing, and rapid prototyping. Projects integrate design and output experiences toward exploration of new materials, patterns, molds, templates, models, and objects. The seminar/studio course includes weekly seminar discussions, presentations, and reviews as well as dedicated work in the studios, labs, and major spaces. Laptops are recommended but not required. Offered spring.

Digital Surface + Image: Core 3 (EP)

Course No. CDE 300  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss

The third year of the Craft + Design core explores the integration of digital technologies, imaging three-dimensional modeling, new materials and processes, and the connections with ceramics, glass, and jewelry and metals. The fall semester brings a focus to the application and integration of 2D digital imaging on surfaces and forms in clay, enamel, glass, and metal. Projects build on the foundation skillset and encourage the use of digital technology for the development of image, pattern, and texture. Students utilize and develop their skills with imaging software and explore how it translates into the various materials and surfaces. Offered fall. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.

Experimental Projects in Ceramics

Course No. CER 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.

Language of Materials: Core 2

Course No. CDE 201  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss

The second course in the core explores commonalities and differences in the “language of materials.” Emphasis is placed on visual and conceptual aspects of materials, and material process. This makes for interesting investigations and explorations within and across mediums. Historically materials and processes are connected with the evolution of function, and meaning. The class will explore inherent physical properties that may bring content and depth to ideas borne of the medium itself. Students continue the process of research and ideation using these common themes, and explore through experimentation. Each student’s individual voice begins to emerge. Fundamental techniques will be explored and practiced, stressing the practice of the maker. Idea-books/sketchbooks will continue to be worked on as an important part of the creative process. Offered spring.

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Seth Nagelberg

Associate Professor | Chair of Ceramics

Seth Nagelberg is an artist and designer working in clay. He strives to close the gap between craft and design...more

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