(First semester/3 credits/lab fee)
An in-depth study of materials, skills and procedures relating to a variety of handbuilding techniques in clay. Through studio work and correlation of intuitive and intellectual approaches, an emphasis will be placed on the understanding and development of aesthetics in the ceramic form. Aspects of slab construction, coil building, modeling and joining of techniques will be covered with emphasis on form, surface, transitions and terminations in a sculptural direction. Considerations for finishing and firing handbuilt and sculptural forms will be covered. Individual sketches, projects and critiques will serve to aid in the development of exhibition criteria.