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2015 Ceramic Arts Workshops and Studio Courses

ARTS 501 Glaze Application

August 15-16
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credits/Graduate Tuition

A study of basic and advanced information and techniques for successful glazing of the ceramic form. Learn to analyze the bisque form to make appropriate finishing choices to balance or strengthen the composition, learn techniques that will facilitate the glazing process and discuss procedures to standardize to achieve consistent glaze results.

ARTS 502 East Asian Coil Techniques

May 30-31
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $485 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

Lab fee. One of the most valuable methods for the construction of asymmetrical work, East Asian Wedged Coil Technique provides the greatest wet structural strength for clay sculpture. Learn 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 505 Masters’ Throwing

August 27-30
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Muller

Workshop Fee: $300 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

An in-depth study of advanced throwing concepts designed to assist the student to cognitively understand the essence of clay, the broadcast potential of the medium and learn to respond to the forces affecting the movement of clay during the throwing process in a synthesis of skill, knowledge and artistic expression.

ARTS 506 Masters’ Throwing II

November 14-15
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Workshop Fee: $300 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

Prerequisite: ARTS 503 or 505

A concentration on advanced throwing skills, to develop the confidence and strength which frees the student to move toward individual aesthetic expression. The course provides a more in-depth coverage of specific concepts with focus on individual needs for building skill, efficiency and personal direction.

ARTS 508 Ceramic Sculpture

July 20-August 1
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa York
Workshop Fee: $485 3 credits/Graduate Tuition
Prerequisite: ARTS 502.

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

ARTS 509 Ceramic Sculpture

July 6-11
8:00-6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kevin Crowe

Workshop Fee: $485 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

The workshop will focus on the techniques and aesthetic perspective employed to produce large-scale pots. Participants will develop alternate methods to throw and center large pots. Throwing large allows a more elastic understanding of the relationship between object and the space it occupies.

ARTS 511 Properties of Clay

September 12-13
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credits/Graduate Tuition

A study of the properties of clay and clay bodies desired by the studio potter. Testing and correction of body formulae for throwing or hand-building clays in stoneware and porcelain. Formulation, testing and correction of slips, terra sigillata and glaze base for specific clay bodies.

ARTS 512 Eastern and Western Trimming Techniques

November 21-22
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Muller

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credits/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 521 Properties of Glaze

December 3-6
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $185 1 credits/Graduate Tuition

A study of 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 530 Kiln Technology & Firing Theory

September 23-27
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg & Lisa York

Workshop Fee: $300 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

A study in kiln stacking and firing procedures with concentration on reduction atmosphere firings; notes on types of kilns and basic kiln construction, oxidation firing, kiln maintenance and repair, kiln furniture, heat measuring devices and safety equipment.

ARTS 531 Wood Firing Theory

April 8-12
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Sanderson

Workshop Fee: $300 3 credits/Graduate Tuition

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 533 Soda Firing Theory

June 24-28
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa York

Workshop Fee: $300 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

A study in soda firing, presenting information on clay, slip and glaze for the soda firing, loading and stacking procedures, wadding composition and placement , heat rise, the effects of oxidation/reduction firing cycles, and firing theory.

ARTS 599II Building a Wood Fire Train Kiln

March 30-April 3
9:00-5:00 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.

ARTS 599JJ Tea Bowl Carving

October 8-11
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Muller

Workshop Fee: $300 2 credits/Graduate Tuition

Potters and Collectors interested in Japanese Tea Ceremony will enjoy the process of making winter and summer tea bowls. Topics covered will include: The aesthetic principles of tea with a visual presentation of historic and contemporary examples, the differences between summer and winter tea bowl forms, clay bodies and glazes used for different tea ware, with a concentration on forming techniques (both on and off the potter’s wheel). Students will work on forming winter tea bowl forms with proper dimensions that will be designed, carved and textured. The aesthetics of the tea bowl foot will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced in order to achieve beautifully trimmed tea bowl feet. Refining of the drinking area and signing will also be covered. Summer tea bowls will be formed on the wheel with an emphasis on throwing off the mound and working with fluidity to achieve beautiful and functional tea bowls.

CA2 Understanding Pottery Glazes

August 22-23
9:00-5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Berneburg

Workshop Fee: $185

A basic chemistry class that is a Prerequisite for all students taking ARTS 511 and ARTS 521 who haven’t taken college level Chemistry.