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 2019 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, December 4th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, December 11th.

Ceramics Course Descriptions

 1000 | Wheel for the Weekend

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/12/2019 to 1/13/2019 | 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $190.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $175.00

This weekend workshop is for anyone interested in giving the potter's wheel a try. Demonstrations will cover the proper way to set up and organize the wheel, how to center the clay, and basic throwing steps and tips to help you create wheel-thrown functional pottery. This workshop is perfect for new students who can't commitment to a full semester class. Tuition includes low-fire clay, glaze materials, and use of tools; additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the studio.

 1001 | Introduction to Throwing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Lyn Woods
Dates: Tues, 1/22/2019 to 4/2/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/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. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel's function while working in stoneware clay and high-temperature glazes.

 1030a | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Benner Barclay
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

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. Students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. NOTE: Section A will focus on jars and lidded vessels; and Section B will focus on plates and platters. Prerequisites: Students must have had at least two Introduction to Throwing classes.

 1030b | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

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. Students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. NOTE: Section A will focus on jars and lidded vessels; and Section B will focus on plates and platters. Prerequisites: Students must have had at least two Introduction to Throwing classes.

 1035 | Handbuilding: The Figure

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Cecilia Castro-Hancock
Dates: Tues, 1/22/2019 to 4/2/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating sculptural ceramic forms. Students will undertake a variety of figurative themed projects using the pinch-forming methods, round and flat coil construction, slab construction, and surface enhancement techniques, and will work with low-temperature clay and glazing techniques. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of one introduction to handbuilding course.

 1040 | Alternative Firing

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Miguel Abugattas
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

This is an experimental class, open to students that throw or hand-build. Students will learn an array of surface effects that can be obtained by using several low temperature firing methods. These include experimenting with terra sigillata (a fine clay like slip), burnishing (smoothing clay particles to a sheen), and the use of common chemicals to produce color on the clay pieces. Students will also learn about low-temperature, alternative firing techniques of naked raku (a thick slip resist technique), pit-firing (a low-temperature fuming in a pit), and how to construct and use saggars (containers made from newspaper and scrap clay). See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of one introduction to handbuilding or wheelthrowing course.

 1061 | Single Serving Weekend

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/19/2019 to 1/20/2019 | 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $190.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $175.00

In this weekend workshop, basic handbuilding techniques like pinching, coiling, joining, and slab rolling will be covered to create a single serving set-one plate, one cup, and one bowl. Demonstrations and discussions will give participants the opportunity to create a unified aesthetic and functional set. Tuition includes low-fire clay, glaze materials, and use of tools; additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the studio.

 1062 | Mixed Media Sculpture

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Andy Bally
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

In this class, students will be creating ceramic sculptural work that will incorporate the use of other media and found objects to enhance the content and visual aesthetics of their work. During class students will be working on clay components, taking trips to thrift stores and scrap yards to find alternate materials, and then developing ways to incorporate the mixed media. All firing methods will be low-temperature which will help in achieving brighter colors and alternate surfaces. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of one introductory and one intermediate handbuilding courses.

 1063 | Majolica

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Verena Gaudy
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 4/3/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

Majolica was first introduced to Italy during the 16th century, and was heavily influenced by Hispano-Moresque decorated wares of Muslim Spain. Today, Majolica refers to a white, opaque tin-based glaze, composed of frits and tin oxide. Through demonstrations and lectures, students will be introduced to both traditional and non-traditional methods of glaze applications and construction techniques. Handbuilding techniques will be demonstrated and presented; the potter's wheel can be used independently to create pottery forms but will not be demonstrated in class. The pieces will be fired at low-temperature in electric kilns using a red earthenware claybody. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have completed one handbuilding class.

 1069 | Shino

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 4/23/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

The first Shino glaze was developed in the Seto region of Japan during the Momoyama Period (1568-1600). It was abandoned then rediscovered in the 20th century. Historically this glaze was comprised of local feldspars and clays, however in the 1970's, soda ash was added to the recipe to imitate the pearly white glaze that traps carbon and breaks orange. Students will be introduced to basic glaze mixing and glaze testing methods. In addition, they will experiment with carbon trapping, side firing, and adding wood ash to the surface of their pieces to create one-of-a-kind surfaces. Students should expect to spend time outside of class completing projects and loading/unloading kilns. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate wheelthrowing courses. No class Mar 13.

 1102 | Ceramics 101: Wearables

Level: New | Beginner | Instructor: Ethan Gonzalez
Dates: Tues, 3/5/2019 to 4/2/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185.00

No look is complete without some accessories-maybe a wearable ceramic piece is exactly what you need to finish off an outfit. Using basic handbuilding skills and various surface design techniques (slips, glazes, and stains), learn how to create one-of-a-kind pins, earrings, even something haute couture! Tuition includes the use of mid-range porcelain clay, glaze materials, and use of tools. NOTE: Students will be responsible for purchasing any additional materials needed to complete their work. Additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the Ceramic studio.

 1105 | Ceramics 101: Handbuilding

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Audrey LeGalley
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

Ceramics 101: Handbuilding offers a energetic break to the work week to start the weekend off right. Ditch your office duds 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, with focus on bowl forms, along with decorative techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces will be covered. Tuition includes one bag of clay, glaze materials, and use of tools.

 1106 | Ceramics 101: Happy Hour Bowls

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Ethan Gonzalez
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 3/4/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $215.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $200.00

Looking to have a break from the work week? Enjoy some creative social time with new people while learning the basics of working in clay on the potter's wheel and make small ceramic bowls for home or work place. Learn how to make unique, handmade bowl forms that can be used as small dishes, planters, paper clip holders, or spice bowls. Tuition includes up to one bag of mid-range clay, glaze materials, and use of tools. Additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the ceramics studio.

 1121 | Handbuilding: Animals and Critters

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

Animal imagery is often used to express the human condition and can be traced back to the earliest ceramic imagery on pottery and sculpture. This class will look at historical and contemporary work from a variety of media to find inspiration in form, narration, and meaning. A selection of handbuilding and surface techniques will be used in this class to interpret and create animal forms. Students will work in low-fire techniques learning how to use clay and glazes for sculptural work. Students should have a basic knowledge of coil and slab building techniques. See *CERAMIC NOTE. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of one introduction to handbuilding course.

 1135 | Alternative Cooking with Clay

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Linda Perez
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

Clay pots made it possible to transform cooking from the simple roasting of foods over fire or hot coals. With clay pots, new and different foods could be cooked, especially those requiring liquids such as grains or legumes. This class will pay homage to the cooking vessel and recreate some of the more common and important ones from egg bakers to cazuelas, or casseroles and bean pots to tagines. We'll learn to use them, as well, by having not one but two Saturdays of preparing class-selected recipes in the pots we make and enjoying the results together. Who knows, you might end up with a family cooking treasure that gets passed down from generation to generation. *CERAMIC NOTE. This class will be use a special high fire (cone 9) flameware Kitchen Clay 762 which will be available for purchase from the studio; this clay cost significantly more than other clay bodies. Prerequisite: Students must have either intermediate handbuilding and/or wheelthrowing experience.

 1130 | China: Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop

Level: Study Abroad | Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Dates: , 5/6/2019 to 5/25/2019 | -
Studio: Off Campus | Building: Off Campus
Tuition: $1,800.00 | Members/Seniors (65+):

Spend three weeks living and working in Jingdezhen, China-the Porcelain Capital of the World. During the three weeks, a series of workshops provided by local ceramic artisans will run Monday - Saturday as well as a day field trips to craftsman studios and production facilities and a museum trip are also included. Topics include blue and white decoration, carving, on-glaze painting, and wheel throwing with Chinese porcelain. The tuition fee covers workshop instruction, accommodations (double-occupancy) and meals (on workshop days). Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements (round-trip air fare to China and travel to Jingdezhen), visa and fees, immunizations (check CDC site for recommended health guidelines), travel insurance (required), materials, and Sunday meals. Students should allow additional days for travel from the U.S to China (via Beijing or Shanghai) and then to Jingdezhen. Visit the Study Abroad webpage 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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If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website to 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. 

 Step 3

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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