Workshops and Studio Courses

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ARTS 501 Glaze Application 1 credit- 

Lab fee. Course meets 2/16-2/18 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. 
Dates:( 2/16, 2/17 & 2/18) 
Times: Fri 5 pm - 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am - 5pm 
Instructor: Jenna Gianni 
Room - TA 4 & TA 1 

Modality: Traditional 


ARTS 505- Ceramic Wheel:  Master's Throwing - 2 credits 

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 
Times: Fri 5 pm - 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am - 5pm 
Dates: 1/26, 1/27 - 1/28 & 2/2, 2/3 - 2/4 
Instructor: Yoshi Fujii 
Room: TA 1 
Modality: Traditional 
ARTS 522 Glaze Calculation - 3 credit required 

This course will explore the composition, properties and application of materials used in ceramics to aid in the development of glaze compositions for pottery and sculpture. 
Date: very Monday 
Time: 5:30- 9:00 
Instructor: Natalia Kormeluk 
Room: TA 1 & TA 4 

Modality: Traditional 

ARTS 528 Contemporary Raku Techniques - 2 credits 

Prerequisite: Enrollment restricted to students admitted to the graduate ceramic arts programs. Lab fee. Meetings: 2/10-11, 3/9-10 & 4/13-14 Knowledge of the raku process is essential for MA and MFA students. Raku firing provides a basic understanding of the oxidation/reduction cycles for the firing of all fuel fired kilns. 
Dates: (2/10- 2/11, 3/9-10, 4/13-14, three weekends) 
Times: 9am - 5pm, Sat/Sun 
Instructor: Natalia Kormeluk 
Room: TA 1 - lectures, Kiln Pad and Annex for crit and work development  

Modality: Traditional 
ARTS 530 Kiln Technology & Firing Theory - 2 credit 

Lab fee. Meetings: 4/19-21 & 4/26-28 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. 
Dates: 4/19, 4/20-4/21 & 4/26, 4/27-4/28 
Times: Fri 5 pm - 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am - 5pm 
Instructor: Chaz Martinsen 
Room: TA 1 - Kiln Pad 

Modality: Traditional 

Arts 546 Mold making and slip casting -3 credits 
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 
Dates: Every Wednesday 
Time: 5:30-8pm 
Instructor: Chaz Martinsen 
Room: TA 1 & TA 13 

Modality: Traditional 


ARTS 512 Eastern and Western Trimming

Instructor: Kristin Muller
Dates: 10/20-10/22
Times: Friday 5pm-9pm, Sat/Sun 9am-5pm
Modality: Synchronous Online - 1 credit 

  •  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 531 Wood Firing Theory

Instructor: Jacklyn Scott
Dates: 11/15-11/19
Times: Wed - Sun 9am-5pm
Modality: Traditional - 2 credits 

  •  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. 

  • *** This course is taught by an alumna that helped build the Sanderson Eco Train Kiln! This class would pair wonderfully with the Tea Bowl course. 


ARTS 545 Large and Composite Sculpture

Instructor: Hood Faculty
Dates: 9/9-9/10, 9/16-9/17, 9/30-10/1 
Times: Sat/Sun 9am-5pm
Modality: Traditional - 3 credits 

  •  Directed study in design, construction and finishing of composite and architectural ceramics with emphasis on specific engineering requirements for construction, drying and firing. Topics will include construction methods for slab, coil, composite, mural and architectural projects. 


ARTS 569 Survival Skills for the Visual Artist

Instructor: Hood Faculty
Date & Times: Tuesday Evenings - 6pm -8:30pm
Modality: Synchronous Online - In Person Critiques: 10/13, 12/2 - 3 credits 

  •  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. 


ARTS 570 Survival Skills for the Visual Artist

Instructor: Hood Faculty
Date and Times: Tuesday Evenings - 6pm -8:30pm
Modality: Synchronous Online - In Person Critiques: 10/13, 12/2 - 3 credits 

  • Through individual research the student will develop a personal artistic statement, set goals, create a cohesive body of work and present a professional exhibition of their work. Topics include presentation of artwork, group critique, individual problem solving, aesthetic discussions, professional development, studio organization, gallery installation, marketing, and legal and ethical issues 

ARTS 574 Seminar in Personal Studio Research 

Instructor: Hood Faculty
Date and Times: Tuesday Evenings - 6pm -8:30pm
Modality: Synchronous Online - In Person Critiques: 10/13, 12/2 - 3 credits 

  •  A course that provides the opportunity to learn how to perform research and put the knowledge into practice. The research, consisting of both literature search and instructed experimentation, will be completed by the student with the instructor’s direction. The student will gain an understanding of critical thinking and the nature of research before progressing to more advanced thesis levels of study or employment.