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2015 Ceramic Arts Workshops and Studio Courses

ARTS 503 Ceramic Wheel Intensive

Jan. 20-May 1
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:25-11:25 a.m.
Instructor: Lisa York

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

An advanced study of the production of ceramic ware using the potter’s wheel as a primary tool. Through exercises, personal research and practice, the student will create open and vertical forms at the potter’s wheel, understand the basic nature of clay, throwing, trimming, glazing and firing techniques to produce finished glazed pieces for critique.

ARTS 504 Ceramic Decoration

Jan. 20-May 1
Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ann Hobart

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

An in-depth study of materials and techniques suitable for the enrichment of clay and glaze surfaces, decoration in the forming process, the bisque fired stage, the use of firing technologies, post-firing techniques, and three dimensional design concepts that evoke appropriate decorative treatments for works in clay.

ARTS 512 Plates and Platters

March 6-8
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Muller

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduate Tuition

An in-depth study of the throwing and finishing plates and large platters, including structural strength concepts for low open forms, methods for centering, a variety of throwing techniques, information on finishing, firing and composition.

ARTS 512 Eastern & Western Trimming Techniques

Jan. 23-25
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Muller

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduate Tuition
Prerequisites: ARTS 503 or ARTS 505.

The importance of the finishing of the thrown work by turning the foot and the trimming of excess clay to refine the form has often been overlooked. The details of trimming enhance or destroy the structural integrity of the form. It is critical for the potter to understand the qualities essential for the structure and aesthetics of the completed piece.

ARTS 520 Photographing Ceramics
February 6-8
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduation Tuition

The study of aesthetic considerations in photographing ceramic art. Composition of the object as it relates to the camera frame. Students will evolve a personal portfolio and slide library of individual works and images.

ARTS 531 Woodfiring Theory
April 8-12
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Sanderson

Workshop Fee: $300

A study in wood firing with information on stoking patterns, heat rise and firing theory, wadding composition and placement, loading and stacking procedures, types of woods, stoking patterns; the effects of oxidation/reduction cycles and more will be covered. Full participation in all aspects of preparation and firing is required.

ARTS 532 Firing a Large Scale Wood Kiln
May 4-10
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Kevin Crowe

Workshop Fee: $300

An in depth study in the history, theory, techniques and aesthetics of the long wood firing in a large single chamber or multi-chambered kiln, including in depth information covering all aspects of firing these large historic kilns and practical experience at each stage of the process.

ARTS 540 Clay and Glaze Chemistry, Theory & Practice
Jan. 20-May 2
1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/21, 4/18, 5/2
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

Directed research and laboratory testing with selected topics in clay and glaze composition, clay/glaze relationship, color, texture, and new materials. A continuing study of clay bodies, testing and correction of body formulas, plus development of base glazes

ARTS 543 Ceramic Art History

Jan. 20-May 1
1/30, 2/1, 2/13, 2/15, 2/27, 3/1, 3/20, 3/22
Fridays and Sundays, 9-5 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa York

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

A survey of the history of ceramic arts from its beginning through the present time in the context of the history of the people who made and used the wares. The ways that these examples were made and their place in the history of ceramic technology will also be examined.

ARTS 599 Building  a Wood Fire Train Kiln
March 30-April 3
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Sanderson

Workshop Fee: $485 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

Directed study in kiln design and construction of the “ECO" Train’ wood fire kiln. The course provides an experience in kiln building the train kiln that is economical to fire in terms of wood used, easy to pack and fire, and also has a minimum impact on the environment. Scheduling is planned to permit full day work/design sessions permitting student participation in kiln construction processes. Design, analysis, construction, evaluation and craftsmanship are emphasized.