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Ceramics

Department: Fine & Performing Arts
Teachers: Patricia Meyers
Open to: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

This course is a studio-based introduction to ceramic art and processes. Historical and contemporary examples, aesthetics, and three-dimensional design principles will be highlighted through demonstrations, lectures, and tutorials. Students will learn a variety of hand building techniques, wheel thrown techniques, and casting techniques. Students will learn to finish their work through numerous decorative techniques using underglazes, engobes, high fire glazes, and low fire glazes. Class projects will place an emphasis on practical technique while also allowing each student to develop their personal aesthetic within the realm of ceramics. The course will cover numerous fundamental aspects of ceramic production. It will cover hand building (pinch, coil, soft slab, hard slab, press, and mold), wheel throwing (centering, pulling, shaping, attachments, cylinder, and bowl forms), and slip casting (one part plaster mold building, two part plaster mold building, and reproductive casting). This course will also cover numerous finishing glaze methods (engobes, underglaze, wax resist, latex resist, sgraffito, pouncing, stenciling, low fire, and high fire). Students will also look at Art History and work to understand the place and function of ceramics within the conversation of Contemporary Art.