Ceramics

Our Ceramics Department is one of the oldest and most well established departments at Southwest School of Art and serves nearly 500 adult students each year in a positive, creative, community atmosphere. The ceramics program offers classes on hand-building, wheel-throwing, raku, glazing, digital embellishments and much more.  Students also have the opportunity to participate and learn from visiting artists during workshops that are offered frequently throughout the year.

Ceramics Note

Students registering for ceramic classes should be physically capable of lifting up to 25 lbs. Intermediate and advanced students will be required to spend time outside of the scheduled class period to load, fire, and unload kilns (under appropriate supervision).

Studio Access

Our ceramics building features door code access.  Registered students should contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217 or 8227, prior the first class to receive the current access code.

Ceramics Material List

Material list is either listed in the class description, will be discuss during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Registration

Spring 2020 Registration Dates
Friends of SSA: Online | Tues, Dec 3 at 9:00am
Phone | In-Person | Thurs, Dec 5
Open registration | Tues, Dec 10

Ceramics Course Descriptions

 1001a | Introduction to Throwing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Wed, 1/22/2020 to 4/8/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $325.00

This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing-centering, opening, and pulling vessels-followed by learning to form bowls, cylinders, and cups. From there the possibilities are endless. You will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's utilitarian function as well as learn about working in mid-range clay and glazes in the electric kiln. Clay and tools will be available for purchase for $20 each from the studio. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1001b | Introduction to Throwing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Mon, 1/27/2020 to 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $315.00

This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing-centering, opening, and pulling vessels-followed by learning to form bowls, cylinders, and cups. From there the possibilities are endless. You will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's utilitarian function as well as learn about working in mid-range clay and glazes in the electric kiln. Clay and tools will be available for purchase for $20 each from the studio. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1002 | Introduction to Handbuilding

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Ethan Gonzalez
Dates: Mon, 1/27/2020 to 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $325.00

Ceramics 101: Handbuilding offers an energetic, yet relaxing way to unwind from the work week. Ditch your office duds and enjoy creative social time, and make new friends while learning clay basics. Fundamental handbuilding skills and techniques will be covered including pinch pots, coil building, and slab construction with focus on fun, artful, and utilitarian forms as well as surface techniques to add decorative elements to make the work truly one-of-a-kind. Instruction on glazing for mid-range electric kiln firing will also be covered. Clay and tools will be available for purchase for $20 each from the studio. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1030a | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Wed, 1/22/2020 to 4/8/2020 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $355.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $340.00

Focus on expanding and refining your throwing skills while concentrating on specific thrown forms. Presentations and discussion will help you understand how to throw and construct vessels that integrate form with function. NOTE: Section A will focus on a variety of pots for everyday use. Section B will focus on select forms: plates, platters, and bowls. You will also be introduced to an array of high fire clays and surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisite: Two prior wheelthrowing courses should have been completed. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1030b | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Benner Barclay
Dates: Thurs, 1/23/2020 to 4/9/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $355.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $340.00

Focus on expanding and refining your throwing skills while concentrating on specific thrown forms. Presentations and discussion will help you understand how to throw and construct vessels that integrate form with function. NOTE: Section A will focus on a variety of pots for everyday use. Section B will focus on select forms: plates, platters, and bowls. You will also be introduced to an array of high fire clays and surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisite: Two prior wheelthrowing courses should have been completed. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1036 | Ceramics Weekend: Pottery and Pizza

Level: New | Beginner | Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Sat, 1/25/2020 to 2/1/2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Smith Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Change up your Saturday routine and enjoy creative social time making new friends while learning clay basics and using a woodfired pizza kiln. Learn how to create simple pottery forms such as cups, bowls, and plates using free forming handbuilding techniques, bisque molds, and the slab roller; and learn about kiln firing while making creative pizzas and flatbread for lunch. This workshop includes the shared use of mid-range clay, glazes, and ceramic tools. Any additional clay and tools can be purchased from the studio at $20 each; cash or check only. Dough and a selection of toppings will be provided on each Saturday. Please bring your own drink and any desired toppings.

 1050 | Of Fire and Clay

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 4/7/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $330.00

This class will focus on the technical elements of firing gas kilns in the cone 10 temperature range. Kiln firing, one of the most important and mysterious aspects of ceramics, is essential to understanding and completing the ceramics process. This class will illuminate the role heat, flame, and atmosphere play within the kiln. The focus will be on learning the intricacies of loading, firing, and unloading gas kilns as well as basic kiln maintenance. In addition, presentations will cover firing theory and kiln design history. You will be expected to produce small batches of work in order to fill the kilns. Additional time outside of class will be necessary to participate in all aspects of the firing process. Prerequisite: A minimum of two intermediate handbuilding or wheelthrowing courses must have been completed. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1054 | Vessels: Containers of Light

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Linda Perez
Dates: Thurs, 1/23/2020 to 4/9/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $355.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $340.00

Throughout history the vessel was commonly used to hold dry food or liquid. However, this class challenges you to consider the vessel in new way-exploring vessels that contain light that glow, illuminate, and cast warmth. Traditional candle holders or oil lamps will provide inspiration as a jumping off point to creating modern day electrical fixtures. You will also learn about light fixtures and wiring needed to make them operational; and should expect an additional $20-$40 material cost. High-fire clay and glazes will be used. Prerequisite: A minimum of two intermediate handbuilding or wheelthrowing courses must have been completed. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1066 | Handbuilding: Sculptural Forms

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Cecilia Castro-Hancock
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 4/7/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $355.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $340.00

Learn to take ideas from concept to three-dimensional form. Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method used to create sculptural ceramic forms. You will undertake a variety of projects that incorporate slab construction, round and flat coil construction, pinch-forming methods, as well as surface texturing. The class will work in low-fire clay and glazes and learn how to use these materials for the purpose of handbuilding and decorating sculptural work. Tuition covers glaze materials and kiln firing; however, additional fees for clay, specific glazes and some tools should be anticipated. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1067 | Soda Firing: Cone 5

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Miguel Abugattas
Dates: Mon, 1/27/2020 to 4/11/2020 | See class description 
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $360.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $345.00

Experiment with an atmospheric firing process using soda ash at mid-range temperatures. Similar to the age old technique of introducing salt into the kiln to create a glazed surface, a solution of soda ash and water sprayed inside of the kiln or a mixture of diluted soda ash with saw dust will be used to achieve a subtle glaze on the bare clay surface. The class will experiment with clay slips that flash from white to orange and clay bodies that blush when fired in this kiln. Come ready for experimentation and embrace the happy accident! This class is open to both handbuilders and wheelthrowers; however, demonstrations will concentrate on forms that work well in this kiln firing process. NOTE: Includes one class on Sat, Apr 11 to unload the final kiln. Prerequisite: A minimum of two handbuilding or wheelthrowing courses must have been completed. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Class meets Mon, Jan 27 - Apr 6 | 9:30 - 12:30pm and Sat, Apr 11 | 12:00 - 3:00pm

 1075 | Assemblage: Ceramics and Mixed Media

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Ed Escobedo
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 4/7/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $355.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $340.00

This course will explore the art form of assemblage through ceramics and mixed media. Working primarily from handbuilt forms, as well as some thrown forms; you will learn how to incorporate found objects and various non-ceramic materials to create well designed one-of-a-kind utilitarian and sculptural forms. You will need to provide a range of materials that can be integrated into the form or used as alternative components-handles, lids, bases, etc. Experimentation and emphasis on the irrational will be strongly encouraged. Low-fire clay and glazes will be used to achieve a range of color that will complement various materials. Prerequisite: A minimum of two handbuilding or wheelthrowing courses must have been completed. Tuition covers glaze materials and kiln firing; however, students should anticipate additional fees for mixed media materials, clay, specific glazes and tools for individual projects. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1081 | Large Forms: Planters and Stools

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 4/7/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $330.00

Create large scale utilitarian forms for use in the home or garden. This class will explore forms that can both hold the body as a form to sit on or hold nature in the form of a planter. Ceramic garden stools are commonly used in China where family businesses continue to produce them for the furniture market. Larger forms will be created using the stacking method, either using handbuilding or wheelthrowing techniques. Consideration for designing the form based on its function and on its decorative surface will be demonstrated and encouraged. Prerequisite: A minimum of two intermediate handbuilding or wheelthrowing courses must have been completed. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 
 

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1001a | Introduction to Throwing (Full)
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/8/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2020 and ending 4/8/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

1001b | Introduction to Throwing (Full)
See description above
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/27/2020 and ending 4/6/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

1002 | Introduction to Handbuilding
See description above
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/27/2020 and ending 4/6/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills (Full)
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/8/2020 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/22/2020 and ending 4/8/2020 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 355.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills (Full)
See description above
Dates: 1/23/2020 - 4/9/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/23/2020 and ending 4/9/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 355.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

1036 | Ceramics Weekend: Pottery and Pizza
See description above
Dates: 1/25/2020 - 2/1/2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/25/2020 and ending 2/1/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

1050 | Of Fire and Clay
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/7/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/21/2020 and ending 4/7/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1054 | Vessels: Containers of Light
See description above
Dates: 1/23/2020 - 4/9/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/23/2020 and ending 4/9/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 355.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

1066 | Handbuilding: Sculptural Forms
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/7/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/21/2020 and ending 4/7/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 355.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

1067 | Soda Firing: Cone 5
See description above
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 4/11/2020 | See class description for times
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/27/2020 and ending 4/11/2020 at 12:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 360.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.

1075 | Assemblage: Ceramics and Mixed Media
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/7/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/21/2020 and ending 4/7/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 355.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

1081 | Large Forms: Planters and Stools
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 4/7/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/21/2020 and ending 4/7/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

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