Workshops and Studio Courses

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ARTS 502 - East Asian Coil - Instructor: Ray Chen - Modality: Synchronous Online - Dates: 1/7 5 PM - 9 PM, 1/8-1/9 9AM - 5PM

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 533 - Soda Firing Theory and Practice - Instructor: Jenna Gianni - Modality: Traditional - Dates: 1/12-1/15 9 AM - 6:30PM

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 will be covered. Information on the history of soda firing, types of soda kilns and basic kiln construction, kiln maintenance, kiln furniture, heat measuring devices, and safety issues will also be covered.
 

ARTS 507 - Plates and Platters - Instructor: Kristin Muller - Modality: Synchronous Online - Dates: 4/1 5PM-9PM, 4/2-4/3 9 AM-5PM

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 517 - Asymmetrical and Dynamic Wheel - Instructor: Yoshi Fujii - Modality: Traditional - Dates: Semesterly, Thursdays 5:10 PM - 7:55 PM

The course will provide the student with experience in alternatives to simple wheel throwing by combining wheel and hand building 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 524 - Clay Calculation - Instructor: Joe Delphia - Modality: Synchronous Online - Dates: Semesterly, Mondays 5:10 PM - 8:20 PM

This course will explore the composition, properties and application of materials used in ceramics to aid in the development of clay bodies for pottery and sculpture.

ARTS 530 - Kiln Technology and Firing Theory - Instructor: Chaz Martinsen - Modality: Traditional - Dates: 2/12-2/13, 2/19-2/20 9 AM - 6:30 PM

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. 

*** Students will need to have a plethora (more the merrier) of work bisque fired for this course. We will be firing to cone 6 reduction and/or oxidation as we explore a new glaze palate for the Ceramic Arts Program ***
 


 

ARTS 531 - Wood Firing Theory - Instructor: Jason Laney - Modality: Traditional - Dates: 4/30-5/1, 5/7-5/8 9 AM - 6:30 PM

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. 

*** Due to the nature of wood firing, the experience of the firing will require late nights/early mornings as the students work in shifts to fire the kiln ***


 

ARTS 546 - Mold Making and Slip Casting - Instructor: Chaz Martinsen - Modality: Traditional - Dates: Semesterly, Wednesdays 5:10 PM - 8:20 PM

This course is a study of the history, technical processes and proper application of mold making and slip casting. A combination of lecture, demonstration and experiential methods will be used to develop three-dimensional problem solving, proper plaster use and casting slip formulation. Multi-part molds will be created from prototypes, cycles of production will be generated and the science behind creating and maintaining proper slip consistency will be taught to achieve consistent results.

 

ARTS 599 CN Creating Narrative - InstructorBrian McNamara - Workshop Price $225

  • This course will explore narrative in ceramics. Students will examine clay as a language to tell a story and will discover contemporary and historical examples of how narrative has been used to illustrate the human experience. Through hand building and various types of surface decoration, students will explore storytelling, and how these two elements - form and surface - can tie together and inform one another.
     
    • 6/10-6/12- Fri/Sat/Sun - Fri 5 PM - 9 PM, Sat/Sun 9 AM - 5 PM - 1Cr - Modality: Traditional In Person

ARTS 502 East Asian Coil - Instructor: Ray Chen - Workshop Price $225

  • 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.
     
    •  6/3-6/5 - Fri/Sat/Sun - Fri 5 PM - 9 PM, Sat/Sun 9 AM - 5 PM - 1Cr - Modality: Synchronous Online

ARTS 599 PP Shigaraki Clay - Instructor: Jason Laney- Workshop Price $225

  • The village of Shigaraki, one of the six ancient kiln sites in Japan, has a vibrant ceramics tradition dating back hundreds of years. In this class students, will learn traditional tea bowl making, both on and off the wheel, while discussing the aesthetic criteria to encourage students to discover the freedom of expression within a Japanese aesthetic.
     
    • 6/17-6/19 - Fri/Sat/Sun - Fri 5 PM - 9 PM, Sat/Sun 9 AM - 5 PM - 1Cr - Modality: Traditional

ARTS 599 JJ - Tea Bowl Carving - Instructor: Jason Laney- Workshop Price $450

  • This course explores the rich history of the tea bowl and tea ceremony across cultures, which includes Japan, China and Korea, among other cultures. Methods of construction may include utilizing the wheel, kick wheel, coil/pinch or working with subtractive sculpting techniques. The design, materials and firing processes of historical and contemporary tea bowls will be discussed and implemented to add contemporary designs and voices to the traditional tea bowl language.
     
    • 7/15-7/17, 7/22-7/24 - Fri/Sat/Sun - Fri 5 PM - 9 PM, Sat/Sun 9 AM - 5 PM - 2Cr - Modality: Traditional

ARTS 508 Ceramic Sculpture - InstructorJenny Reed- Workshop Price $675

  • 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.
    • 8/1-8/4, 8/8-8/11 - Monday - Thursday- 9 AM - 3:15 PM - 3Cr - Modality: Traditional

ARTS 533 Soda Firing - Instructor: Jenna Gianni- Workshop Price $450

  •  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 will be covered. Information on the history of soda firing, types of soda kilns and basic kiln construction, kiln maintenance, kiln furniture, heat measuring devices, and safety issues will also be covered.
    • 8/5-8/7, 8/12 - Fri/Sat/Sun - Fri 5 PM-9 PM, Sat/Sun 9 AM - 5 PM, Fri 5 PM - 9 PM - 2Cr, Modality:  Traditional

ARTS 547 Creating with Porcelain - Instructor: Natalia Kormeluk- Workshop Price $675

  •  An in-depth study of the characteristics and techniques for working with porcelain, including exploration of classical porcelain, low open forms, plates and platters, horizontal throwing, and advanced glazing procedures.
    • Weekly on Monday Evenings - 5:30 PM - 9 PM - 3Cr - Modality: Traditional


 

ARTS 569 Survival Skills for the Artist - Instructor: Chaz Martinsen- Workshop Price $675

  •  The development of a body of work in preparation for the artist’s capstone exhibition and the business of survival as an artist will prepare students for the creation of a body of work for exhibition in ARTS 570 Seminar in Personal Studio Research.
    • Weekly on Tuesdays - 6 PM - 8:20 PM - 3Cr - Modality: Synchronous Online

ARTS 542 Modeling the Figure - Instructor: Toby Mendez- Workshop Price $675

  •  The study of structure, proportion and movement as seen in the human figure is key to the understanding and appreciation of balance, design and the interaction of objects within nature. An in-depth study of the figure in clay, including anatomy and articulation using the life and costumed model, and considerations for finishing and firing figurative work.
    • Weekly on Thursdays - 5:30 PM - 9 PM - 3Cr - Modality: Traditional

 

ARTS 517 Dynamic and Asymmetric Wheel - Instructor: Yoshi Fujii- Workshop Price $675

  •  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
    • Takes place over three(3) weekends: 8/27-8/28, 9/10-9/11, 917-9/18 - Sat/Sun - 9 AM - 5 PM - 3Cr - Modality: Traditional

 

ARTS 520 Photographing Ceramics - Instructor: Tim Jacobsen- Workshop Price $450

  •  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.
    • Takes place over several Saturdays: 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 - Sat - 9 AM - 2 PM - 1Cr - Modality: Traditional

 

ARTS 525 Electric Kilns - Instructor: Chaz Martinsen- Workshop Price $450

  • An in-depth study of all aspects of modern electric kilns used for ceramics, including design, construction and materials, related supplies and equipment, loading procedures, operation, unloading, routine maintenance, diagnosis of common problems and repair, safety and selection criteria for choosing the appropriate kiln for different applications.
    • 11/4-11/6 - Fri/Sat/Sun - Fri 5 PM - 9 PM, Sat/Sun 9 AM - 5 PM - 1Cr - Modality: Traditional