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). Currently, students registered for an in-person studio ceramic class will only be allowed practice time on the same day their class is scheduled on. Open studio hours will not be available at this time. Students registered for online classes will have assigned times to drop-off and pick-up work from firing as well as for in studio glazing.

Ceramics Material List

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Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

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Course details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

Summer 2022 Ceramics Course Descriptions

These are the course descriptions only

 1001a | Introduction to Throwing | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Lyn Woods
Dates: Mon, 6/6/2022 to 8/1/2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function while working in mid-range clay and glazes in the electric kiln. *See Ceramic Note.

 1001b | Introduction to Throwing | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: John Bogovich
Dates: Mon, 6/6/2022 to 8/1/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function while working in mid-range clay and glazes in the electric kiln. *See Ceramic Note.

 1001c | Introduction to Throwing | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Andy Bally
Dates: Thurs, 6/9/2022 to 7/28/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function while working in mid-range clay and glazes in the electric kiln. *See Ceramic Note.

 1001d | Introduction to Throwing | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Lyn Woods
Dates: Fri, 6/10/2022 to 7/29/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function while working in mid-range clay and glazes in the electric kiln. *See Ceramic Note.

 1002 | Introduction to Handbuilding | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Hollie Lyko
Dates: Wed, 6/8/2022 to 7/27/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

Fundamental handbuilding skills and techniques will be covered including pinch pots, coil building, and slab construction with a 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. The class will work in low-fire terracotta clay and glazes; students will learn how to use these materials for the purpose of handbuilding. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1030a | Throwing Skills | Intermediate

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Ed Escobedo
Dates: Sat, 6/4/2022 to 7/23/2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

Expand and refine your throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lids, pitchers, and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussions will cover how to integrate form with function. This class will use high-fire Balcones clay and gas fired reduction glazes. *See Ceramic Note. Students should have completed at least two Introductory to Wheelthrowing courses.

 1030b | Throwing Skills | Intermediate

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Michael Corney
Dates: Tues, 6/7/2022 to 7/26/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

Expand and refine your throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lids, pitchers, and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussions will cover how to integrate form with function. This class will use high-fire Balcones clay and gas fired reduction glazes. *See Ceramic Note. Students should have completed at least two Introductory to Wheelthrowing courses.

 1030c | Throwing Skills | Intermediate

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Marc Rosenthal
Dates: Thurs, 6/9/2022 to 7/28/2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

Expand and refine your throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lids, pitchers, and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussions will cover how to integrate form with function. This class will use high-fire Balcones clay and gas fired reduction glazes. *See Ceramic Note. Students should have completed at least two Introductory to Wheelthrowing courses.

 1066 | Handbuilding Sculptural Forms | Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Hollie Lyko
Dates: Wed, 6/8/2022 to 7/27/2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

Students will undertake a variety of intermediate/advanced projects that incorporate slab construction, coil construction, and advanced surface techniques. The class will work in low-temperature firing and students will learn how to use materials for the purpose of handbuilding and decorating sculptural work. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of one introduction to handbuilding course. Tuition covers glaze materials and kiln firing; however, students should anticipate additional fees for clay, specific glazes, and some tools. *See Ceramic Note.

 1071 | Altered Throwing | Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Michael Corney
Dates: Tues, 6/7/2022 to 7/26/2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 8

Create dynamic ceramic shapes using thrown forms as the foundation for adding and subtracting to manipulate the volume. By cutting, darting, paddling, or adding hand-built components, explore turning a simple cylinder into a myriad of vessel or sculptural forms; the relationship between form and function will also be considered. *See Ceramic Note. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum of two intermediate level throwing classes and feel confident in throwing the forms listed above.

 
 

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If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website with your username and password (open registration does not require you to be logged in). To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages to read class descriptions.

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Click the Department Class Type (ex. Ceramics)

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Click the “Register Now” button. Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms.

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Choose your class by clicking the box to the left of the class name. Scroll to the bottom of the page to click Continue and complete the student information form. Once this form is submitted, you will receive a final e-mail with confirmation of your registration.

 

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