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

Summer 2019 Registration Dates
Friends of SSA: Online | Tues, Apr 2 at 9:00am
Phone | In-Person | Thurs, Apr 4
Open registration | Tues, Apr 9 

Ceramics Course Descriptions

 1001a | Introduction to Wheelthrowing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Ed Escobedo
Dates: Tues, 6/4/2019 to 7/23/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $265.00

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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function. NOTE: The class will work in mid-range clay and cone 5 glazes in the electric kiln.

 1001b | Introduction to Wheelthrowing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Thurs, 6/6/2019 to 7/25/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $250.00

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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function. NOTE: The class will work in mid-range clay and cone 5 glazes in the electric kiln. No class Jul 4.

 1001c | Introduction to Wheelthrowing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Andy Bally
Dates: Thurs, 6/6/2019 to 7/25/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $250.00

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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function. NOTE: The class will work in mid-range clay and cone 5 glazes in the electric kiln. No class Jul 4.

 1002 | Introduction to Handbuilding

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Ethan Gonzalez
Dates: Tues, 6/4/2019 to 7/23/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $265.00

Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating ceramic forms whether functional or sculptural. We will be using simple handbuilding techniques to make special objects just for you. Examples of projects include daily ritual objects like a mug for your evening tea or morning coffee, catch bowls for your favorite creams, candle dishes and incense holders. NOTE: The class will work in mid-range clay and cone 5 glazes in the electric kiln.

 1003 | The Standing Figure

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Cecilia Castro-Hancock
Dates: Tues, 6/4/2019 to 7/23/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $265.00

In this class, students will learn about figurative construction techniques to create a standing figure using the Greek vessel as a reference point. Students will use the coil construction technique to build a hollow form beginning with a base form and ending with a standing figure between 18 - 20 inches tall. The language of the Greek pottery vessel and its use of ideal proportions to create a belly, waist, neck, foot, and shoulder will be studied to inform the constructing of the figurative form. Students will work in a high-fire grog clay body while embellishing the surface using low-temperature glazes in the electric kiln. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum of two beginning level handbuilding classes.

 1030a | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Tues, 6/4/2019 to 7/23/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Focus on expanding and refining throwing skills while concentrating on a selection of 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 the casserole form by learning how the lid fits the body. Section B will focus on the complexity of the handle and how it visually responds to the vessel. In both sections students will use high-temperature clay and glazes in the natural gas kiln. Prerequisites: Students must have had at least two Introduction to Throwing classes.

 1030b | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Lyn Woods
Dates: Wed, 6/5/2019 to 7/24/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Focus on expanding and refining throwing skills while concentrating on a selection of 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 the casserole form by learning how the lid fits the body. Section B will focus on the complexity of the handle and how it visually responds to the vessel. In both sections students will use high-temperature clay and glazes in the natural gas kiln. Prerequisites: Students must have had at least two Introduction to Throwing classes.

 1034 | Porcelain

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Ray Morales
Dates: Mon, 6/3/2019 to 7/22/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Looking for an alternative to brown stoneware clays? We will cover the fundamentals and intricacies of working with porcelain clay bodies for the intermediate to advanced potter/artist. Demonstrations and lectures in wheelthrowing techniques for functional work, with the addition of simple altering techniques such as, cutting, stamping, assembling will be presented to help students add personal flair to their work. We will also focus on glaze finishing techniques, and explore new/old glazes that the class will mix and use to highlight porcelain's cleaner and brighter palette in the cone 10 gas kiln firing. Prerequisite: Students should have a minimum of one intermediate wheelthrowing class.

 1066 | Studio Concepts: Developing an Idea

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Cecilia Castro-Hancock
Dates: Thurs, 6/6/2019 to 7/25/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $270.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $255.00

Students will challenge themselves to produce a coherent body of work addressing a concept or idea. Through class discussion and individual conversations with the instructor, students will learn how to carry an idea through to a physical form. The language of art, craft, and the principles of design will be used to help students make formal and conceptual decisions. These choices will be discussed, edited, and re-worked culminating in a final body of work. At the end of the session, a formal critique will be held to analyze the work produced during the session. This class is open to both handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques, however there will be no demonstrations. See* CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students should have a minimum of one intermediate handbuilding or one intermediate throwing class. No class Jul 4.

 1081 | Fountains

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Linda Perez
Dates: Mon, 6/3/2019 to 7/22/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Combine the meditative aspect of working with clay, whether thrown or hand-built, with the calming look and sound of flowing water and-presto!-you have a fountain. Perhaps not a large ornate fountain like the Trevi in Rome, but rather a small, charming one designed and handcrafted by you for a tabletop near your comfy reading nook or another perfect spot in your home. Learn about the basic elements of a fountain (reservoir, pump, and fountain piece), the materials, supplies, and tools needed for constructing it; the essential considerations and techniques for developing the form; and, ultimately, how to assemble and maintain the fountains we make. NOTE: Students should anticipate approximately $15 for the fountain parts. This class will be working in high-temperature clays and glazes. Prerequisite: Students must have either intermediate handbuilding and/or wheelthrowing experience.

 
 

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1001a | Introduction to Wheelthrowing (Full)
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 7/23/2019| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/4/2019 and ending 7/23/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.

1001b | Introduction to Wheelthrowing
Dates: 6/6/2019 - 7/25/2019| 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/6/2019 and ending 7/25/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

1001c | Introduction to Wheelthrowing (Full)
Dates: Thurs, 6/6/2019 to 7/25/2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/6/2019 and ending 7/25/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.

1002 | Introduction to Handbuilding
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 7/23/2019| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/4/2019 and ending 7/23/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.

1003 | The Standing Figure
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 7/23/2019| 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/4/2019 and ending 7/23/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 7/23/2019| 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/4/2019 and ending 7/23/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills
Dates: 6/5/2019 - 7/24/2019| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/5/2019 and ending 7/24/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

1034 | Porcelain
Dates: 6/3/2019 - 7/22/2019| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/3/2019 and ending 7/22/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

1066 | Studio Concepts: Developing an Idea
Dates: 6/6/2019 - 7/25/2019| 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/6/2019 and ending 7/25/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 255.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

1081 | Fountains
Dates: 6/3/2019 - 7/22/2019| 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/3/2019 and ending 7/22/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

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