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2014 Ceramic Arts Workshops and Studio Courses

ARTS 203 Ceramics I

Aug. 25-Dec. 10
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:50-12:25 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Aug. 26-Dec. 11
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:25-11:25 a.m.
Instructor: Ann Hobart

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Undergraduate Tuition

A general survey of ceramics in which aesthetic and scientific aspects are taught. Information about clay, clay preparation, glazes, glazing techniques and kiln technology will be presented. The course emphasis is on handbuilding techniques. Intermediate students will learn to apply handbuilding skills to sculptural work.

ARTS 303 Ceramic Wheel

Aug. 26-Dec. 11
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ann Hobart

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Undergraduate Tuition

Using the potter's wheel as a primary tool, the course will include wedging, throwing, shaping, trimming, drying, glazing, firing and composition, and will incorporate information about clay, clay preparation, surface finishing, glazes, glazing techniques and kiln technology. Through a progression of experiences, personal research and practice, the student will demonstrate the ability to create open and vertical forms at the potter's wheel, understand the basic nature of clay, the techniques necessary for throwing and trimming, and produce finished, glazed pieces for critique.

ARTS 304 Sculpture/Handbuilding

Aug. 25-Dec. 8
Mondays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Undergraduate Tuition

Applied three-dimensional ceramic design and construction covers a variety of methods of hand-forming with clay to take a sculptural direction. Techniques will include eastern coil, slab construction, modeling the figure, the portrait bust, structural strength concepts for sculpture and firing considerations for sculptural forms.

ARTS 316M Contemporary Raku Techniques

July 19-20,
Saturday and Sunday, 9-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Aug. 25-Dec. 8
Mondays, 1:40-4:10 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduate Tuition

A study of contemporary and historical raku firing techniques with information on loading and stacking procedures, heat rise and firing theory for oxidation and reduction, and management and control of post firing reduction.

ARTS 343 Intermediate Wheel

Aug. 26-Dec. 11
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ann Hobart

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Undergraduate Tuition

Prerequisite: ARTS 303

Continued studies in the production of ceramic ware using the potter's wheel as a primary tool. The course will include an in-depth study of the medium and large bowl forms and lidded forms, the closed form, concentrating on throwing and shaping concepts, rims and necks, trimming and aesthetics, experiences with the pitcher form, the jug and the mug, leather-hard decoration, and closed form glazing and firing concepts.

ARTS 345 Ceramic Sculpture

July 7-18
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday s, Fridays 9-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Aug. 25-Dec. 8
Mondays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Undergraduate Tuition

Applied three-dimensional ceramic design and construction covers a variety of methods of hand-forming with clay to take a sculptural direction. Techniques will include eastern coil, slab construction, modeling the figure, the portrait bust, structural strength concepts for sculpture and firing considerations for sculptural forms.

ARTS 500 Handbuilding

Aug. 25-Dec. 8
Mondays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

An in-depth study of materials, skills and procedures relating to a variety of handbuilding techniques in clay. Participants will learn aspects of slab construction, coil building, modeling and joining of techniques with emphasis on form, surface transitions and terminations in a sculptural direction. Considerations for finishing and firing hand built and sculptural forms will be covered.

ARTS 501 Glaze Application

August 15-17
Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m, Saturday, Sunday, 9-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud
Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduate Tuition

*Prerequisite for ARTS 504 Ceramic Decoration and ARTS 521 Properties of Glaze

A study of basic and advanced information and techniques for successful glazing of the ceramic form. Lecture, demonstration and hands-on exercises designed to build skills, refine techniques, increase efficiency and solve problems in glazing functional and nonfunctional pottery and ceramic sculpture. Students will learn to analyze the bisque to make appropriate finishing choices and learn techniques that will facilitate the glazing process and discuss procedures to standardize and achieve consistent results.

ARTS 502 East Asian Coil Technique

May 31-June 1
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud
Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduate Tuition

The Eastern Asian Wedged Coil Technique is one of the most valuable methods for the construction of asymmetrical work. A master potters’ tradition, Eastern coil combines coil technique with wheel throwing concepts, providing the greatest wet structural strength for clay sculpture. The course will include lecture, demonstration and hands-on exercises to teach basic coil making and building, and the advanced techniques of coil riveting, ribbing, bridging, boating and bracing for large and/or sculptural forms in clay.

ARTS 503 Intensive Wheel

Aug. 27-Dec. 10
Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

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 a progression of experiences, personal research and practice, the student will create open and vertical forms at the potter’s wheel, understand the basic nature of clay, the techniques necessary for throwing and trimming, and produce finished glazed pieces for critique. Students completing this course will acquire knowledge of advanced methods used to create wheel thrown pottery, the characteristics of clay, the process of firing and an understanding of ceramic composition.

ARTS 505 Masters' Throwing

July 31-Aug. 3
Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $300 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

Advanced throwing concepts will help the student cognitively understand the essence of clay, the broadest potential of the medium, and learn to respond to the movement and the forces affecting the clay during the throwing process in a synthesis of skill, knowledge and artistic expression. Students will build skills, refine technique and increase efficiency through an exploration of structural strength concepts for wheel-thrown forms, correlation of knowledge of the nature of clay and the forces affecting the movement of the clay on the spinning wheel. Exercises are designed to allow students to feel and direct the movement of the clay to increase efficiency .

ARTS 506 Masters’ Throwing II

Nov. 20-23
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $185 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

Prerequisite: ARTS 505 Masters' Throwing

This course concentrates on advanced throwing skills to develop the confidence which frees the student to move towa4rd individual aesthetic expression. It also provides a more in-depth coverage of specific concepts and focuses on individual needs for building skill, efficiency and personal direction.

ARTS 508 Ceramic Sculpture

July 7-18
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday s, Fridays 9-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

Applied three-dimensional ceramic design and construction covers a variety of methods of hand-forming with clay to take a sculptural direction. Techniques will include eastern coil, slab construction, modeling the figure, the portrait bust, structural strength concepts for sculpture and firing considerations for sculptural forms.

ARTS 511 Properties of Clay

Sept. 6-7
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduate Tuition

Prerequisite: College chemistry or CA2

A study of the properties of clay and clay bodies; testing and correction of body formulae in stoneware and porcelain; and formulation testing and correction of slips, terra sigillata and glaze base for specific clay bodies.

ARTS 517 Dynamic & Asymmetrical Wheel

Aug. 27-Dec. 10
Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

The course will provide the student with experience in alternatives to simple wheel throwing by combining wheel and handbuilding techniques. Procedures to alter forms include shaping, paddling, faceting, combining separately thrown forms, and integrating coiling and throwing. Work may be in stoneware or porcelain.

ARTS 521 Properties of Glaze

Dec. 4-7
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $185 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

Prerequisites: College chemistry or CA2, ARTS 501 and ARTS 511

Study the properties of glazes and the materials used to develop original glazes and adjust existing glazes for stoneware and porcelain. The course will include directed study, research and laboratory testing with selected topics in glaze composition, clay/glaze relationship, color, texture and materials.

ARTS 528 Contemporary Raku Techniques

July 19-20,
Saturday and Sunday, 9-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Aug. 25-Dec. 8
Mondays, 1:40-4:10 p.m.
Instructor: Brett Thomas

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credit/Graduate Tuition

A study of contemporary and historical raku firing techniques with information on loading and stacking procedures, heat rise and firing theory for oxidation and reduction, and management and control of post firing reduction.

ARTS 530 Kiln Technology & Firing Theory

Sept 24-28
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructors: Phil Berneburg & Brett Thomas

Workshop Fee: $350 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

A study in kiln firing and stacking procedures with a concentration on reduction atmosphere firings; notes on types of kilns and basic kiln construction, oxidation firing and kiln maintenance and repair; kiln furniture, heat measuring devices and safety equipment. It is recommended that students have in depth experience with firing electric kilns or take ARTS 525 in preparation. Bring glazed, cone 10 pots by Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. to be loaded into the kiln the next day. The kiln will be loaded and preheated on Wednesday; loading will begin at 11 a.m.; firing will begin at 5 a.m. on Thursday and continue through the day. Students are required to be present until the kiln reaches temperature and shuts down. Lectures on the history of kilns and kiln technology and firing theory will take place during the cooling, all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. Unloading will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by evaluation of the firing and assessments.

ARTS 531 Wood Fire Theory

Nov. TBA
Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $350 2 credits/Graduate Tuition
Prerequisite: ARTS 530

A study in wood firing with information on loading and stacking procedures, stoking patterns, heat rise and firing theory. Demonstration and understanding of wadding composition and placement, loading, types of woods, stoking patterns and the effects of oxidation/reduction cycles. Information on types of woods, stoking patterns and the effects of oxidation/reduction cycles. Information on types of kilns and basic kiln construction, maintenance, kiln furniture, heat measuring devices and safety issues will also be covered. Students should arrive with bisque-fired pots made from cone 10 clay; glazed and ready to load at 9 a.m. Saturday. Students will fire the kiln and should be prepared to sign up for a minimum of two stokes shifts during the 24 hour firing. The unloading is scheduled for the Friday after the end of the firing.

ARTS 545 Composite Sculpture

Aug. 27-Dec. 10
Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

Directed study in design, construction and finishing of composite ceramics using a chosen combination of handbuilding and wheel throwing skills. The emphasis will be on choice of materials, building techniques, surface decoration, and specific engineering requirements for constructions, shrinkage, drying, and firing.

ARTS 552 Kiln Design & Construction

June 21-30
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructors: Brett Thomas

October TBA
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $700 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

Directed study in kiln design and construction, providing an experience in kiln building. “The firing is the climax of the potter’s labor.” – Bernard Leach. A kiln that fires well is a vital step in the creative process. The unique characteristics of a kiln designed and built by the potter, provides for individual personal expression in the work. An understanding of kiln design and construction will provide the student with the ability to create and build a kiln suited for their personal creative direction.

Community Classes

CA2 Understanding Pottery Glazes

Aug. 9-10
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $185

An introduction to basic chemical concepts and technology as applicable to ceramics; the workshop is designed for those with minimal previous knowledge of chemistry and glaze materials. This workshop or a college level chemistry course is required as a prerequisite for ARTS 511 Properties of Clay, ARTS 521 Properties of Glaze.

CA3 Wheel: Beginning and Intermediate

March 6-April 10
April 17-May 22
Thursdays: 1-3 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $190 per six-week session

Includes open studio time to practice skills.
Beginners: Learn to wedge, center, throw and trim open forms using the potter's wheel. Basic concepts will introduce participants to the joys of throwing and prepare them for more advanced work.

Intermediate: Refine basic skills. Learn to throw and trim vertical forms moving toward handling larger amounts of clay. Each session will emphasize a special skill, form or topic. Bring an old towel and wear old clothes. Fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and firing. Proceed at your own pace to develop throwing skills.

Raku Symposium

June 12-15
Facilitator: Brett Thomas
No Charge

Hood College and Mobile Raku offer an opportunity to participate in a four day symposium June 12-15, 2014. Participants are asked to donate a piece or pieces to our Hood College fund raising efforts in lieu of a registration fee. Bring a variety of bisque ware pieces. Demonstrations, instructions and oversight of glazing and firing will be available on site in our new kiln pavilion.