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 Course Descriptions

 1001a | Introduction to Throwing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 4/2/2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300.00

This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing-centering, opening, and pulling vessels-followed by learning to form cylinders, bowls, and cups. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function while working in stoneware clay and high-temperature glazes.

 1001b | Introduction to Throwing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Kambri Hernandez
Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 4/2/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300.00

This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing-centering, opening, and pulling vessels-followed by learning to form cylinders, bowls, and cups. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function while working in stoneware clay and high-temperature glazes.

 1002 | Handbuilding: The Bust

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Cecilia Hancock
Dates: Thurs, 1/18/2018 to 4/5/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

Handbuilding methods are the fundamental construction techniques employed for creating sculptural ceramic works. Students will undertake a variety of figurative-themed projects with focus on sculpting a bust. A variety of handbuilding methods will be used including pinch-forming, round and flat coil construction, and slab construction, as well as techniques for surface enhancement. Students will work with low-temperature clay and will be introduced to an array of surface glazing techniques. *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one prior handbuilding class.

 1030a | Throwing Skills: Vessels

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Ray Morales
Dates: Thurs, 1/18/2018 to 4/5/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

Focus on expanding and refining throwing skills while concentrating on specific thrown forms. Presentations and discussion will help students understand how to throw and construct vessels that integrate form with function. NOTE: Section A will focus on drinking vessels such as the cup, tumbler, teacup, and coffee mug. Section B will focus on a variety of vessels that pour including pitchers, ewers creamers, and teapots. Students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Students must have had at least two Introduction to Throwing classes.

 1030b | Throwing Skills: Vessels

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Benner Barclay
Dates: Thurs, 1/18/2018 to 4/5/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

Focus on expanding and refining throwing skills while concentrating on specific thrown forms. Presentations and discussion will help students understand how to throw and construct vessels that integrate form with function. NOTE: Section A will focus on drinking vessels such as the cup, tumbler, teacup, and coffee mug. Section B will focus on a variety of vessels that pour including pitchers, ewers creamers, and teapots. Students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Students must have had at least two Introduction to Throwing classes.

 1034 | Sculptural Concept: On the Wall

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Jared Theis
Dates: Wed, 1/17/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

Are you interested in getting away from making work that sits on a pedestal or tabletop? In this class, we will explore the potential of utilizing the wall for ceramic sculpture. We will look at the history of wall ceramics dating back to the Renaissance and how it's being used in contemporary practice. Students are encouraged to use other materials in addition to ceramics. We will explore different strategies for building including wall installation, tile work, low and high relief sculpture, carving, mosaic and mixed-media assemblage. We will also look at various mounting mechanisms and engineering solutions for hanging our work. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least two handbuilding classes.

 1053 | Slow Pots: Throwing & Handbuilding Utilitar

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Wed, 1/17/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

This class will focus on incorporating both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques in the construction of utilitarian ceramic forms. Slab, coil, and pinch building processes in addition to wheel thrown forms will be combined to generate contemporary interpretations of traditional functional forms. Emphasis will be on form, surface, and craftsmanship. Projects will encourage students to spend time on each piece and challenge assumptions of what these forms should be. *See CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate-level courses and one handbuilding course.

 1066a | Studio Concepts: Series and Critique | Time Change

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Tues, 1/16/2018 to 4/3/2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

Students will be challenged to produce a coherent body of work which addresses concept and the design principles through a series of pieces. Throughout the term, a series of critique exercises will be used to develop the skills needed to critically voice and write about the work being viewed. At the end of the session, a formal critique will be held to discuss and analyze the work produced. All students will need to spend time with the loading, firing, and unloading of their work. NOTE: Section A will focus on Wheelthrown work. *See CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students should have a minimum of one intermediate handbuilding or one intermediate throwing class.

 1066b | Studio Concepts: Series and Critique

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 4/2/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

Students will be challenged to produce a coherent body of work which addresses concept and the design principles through a series of pieces. Throughout the term, a series of critique exercises will be used to develop the skills needed to critically voice and write about the work being viewed. At the end of the session, a formal critique will be held to discuss and analyze the work produced. All students will need to spend time with the loading, firing, and unloading of their work. NOTE: Section B will focus on handbuilt work. *See CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students should have a minimum of one intermediate handbuilding or one intermediate throwing class.

 1067 | Soda Firing at Cone 6

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Miguel Abugattas
Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 4/8/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

In this class, students will experiment with an alternative firing process using soda ash at mid-range temperatures. Similar to the age-old German technique of salt firing, this class will introduce salt by way of soda ash mixed with sawdust or a soda solution spray introduced during firing that achieves a subtle glaze on the bare clay surface. As a class, we will experiment with clay slips that flash from white to orange and clay bodies that blush blue when fired in this kiln. Come ready for experimentation and embrace the happy accident! Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two handbuilding classes. NOTE: This class includes one Sunday on April 8 to unload the final kiln firing. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1105 | Ceramics 101: Handbuilding

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Thurs, 1/18/2018 to 3/29/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300.00

Ceramics 101: Handbuilding is like a happy hour for those looking to have an inspiring break during the work week. Don't worry about coming dressed to impress, ditch your office best and enjoy creative social time and make new friends while learning the basics of constructing with clay. Basic handbuilding skills, like pinch pots and coil building, along with decorative techniques like slab cut-outs to create one-of-a-kind pieces will be covered. Tuition includes one bag of clay, glaze materials, and use of tools.

 6700 | Etching Decals for Ceramics

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Margaret Craig & Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Tues, 1/16/2018 to 3/27/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Flohr Print Studio & Handbuilding Studio | Building: Santikos Building & McAllister Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300.00

Register for this class on the Printmaking page found here. In this class, students will explore how to create metal plate etchings to create traditional decal images that can transfer onto the surface of bone dry clay. Starting in the printmaking studio, students will learn line, soft ground, and simple photographic etching to create decal images. In addition, Craig will cover how to mix special inks that can be printed onto tissue, transferred to clay and fired onto the clay surface. In the ceramic studio, Datchuk will cover basic handbuilding techniques of slab construction, pinch and coil forming and firing work with low-temperature ceramic processes and materials. A materials list will be provided at the first class. PREREQUEST: Some prior art experience recommended. The first class will be held in printmaking.

 
 
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1001a | Introduction to Throwing (Full)
Mon, 1/22/2018 - 4/2/2018 | Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2018 and ending 4/2/2018 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

1001b | Introduction to Throwing
Mon, 1/22/2018 - 4/2/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2018 and ending 4/2/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

1002 | Handbuilding: The Bust (Full)
1/18/2018 - 4/5/2018 | Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/18/2018 and ending 4/5/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills: Vessels (Full)
Thurs, 1/18/2018 - 4/5/2018 | Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/18/2018 and ending 4/5/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills: Vessels (Full)
Thurs, 1/18/2018 - 4/5/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/18/2018 and ending 4/5/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1034 | Sculptural Concept: On the Wall (Full)
Wed, 1/17/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/17/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1053 | Slow Pots: Throwing & Handbuilding Utilitar
Wed, 1/17/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/17/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

1066a | Studio Concepts: Series and Critique
Tues, 1/16/2018 - 4/3/2018 | Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/16/2018 and ending 4/3/2018 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

1066b | Studio Concepts: Series and Critique
Mon, 1/22/2018 - 4/2/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2018 and ending 4/2/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

1067 | Soda Firing at Cone 6
Mon, 1/22/2018 - 4/8/2018 | Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2018 and ending 4/8/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1105 | Ceramics 101: Handbuilding
Thurs, 1/18/2018 - 3/29/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/18/2018 and ending 3/29/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

How to Register

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Review all of the policies and guidelines below. By continuing to Step 2, you acknowledge you have read and understand the polices and guidelines outlined in Step 1.

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Purchase the classes that you would like to attend. To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages. Be sure to read the descriptions before selecting your class(es). Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms. If you're registering for more than one area of concentration, please follow the prompts shown in the registration form. 

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Complete your payment information. Once your credit card payment is submitted, you will receive a e-mail with confirmation of your registration.

 

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