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

 1000 | Ceramics 101: Introduction to Clay

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Thurs, 9/21/2017 to 12/7/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Take advantage of this opportunity to discover the many creative possibilities clay has to offer. This class will introduce participants to the various aspects of working with clay for those with no prior experience or those that need a refresher course. Demonstrations will cover the basic skills of handbuilding, throwing on the potter's wheel, and glazing using earthenware clay. Techniques such as press molding, slab and coil construction, and throwing cylinder forms and bowls will be demonstrated. No Class Nov 2 and 23.

 1001 | Introduction to Wheel-Throwing

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 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 learning the basic skills needed work on the potter's wheel-centering, opening, and pulling vessels-followed by learning to form ceramic 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 Vessel

Level: Beginning/Intermediate | Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Wed, 9/27/2017 to 12/6/2017 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating sculptural ceramic forms. Students will undertake a variety of vessel-themed projects using methods that include pinch-forming, round and flat coil construction, and slab construction, as well as techniques for surface enhancement. Students will work with high-temperature clay and will be introduced to high-temperature glazing techniques.

 1030a | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 12/5/2017 | 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 lidded vessels that can be enhanced with high-fired glaze; students will learn how to make a variety of lid styles along with accompanying vessel forms. Section B will focus on vessels for everyday use; students will create various plates and bowls, mugs, cups, and tumblers as well as salt and pepper sets. All classes will be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and instruction on how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding

 1030b | Throwing Skills

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Benner Barclay
Dates: Thurs, 9/21/2017 to 12/7/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

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 lidded vessels that can be enhanced with high-fired glaze; students will learn how to make a variety of lid styles along with accompanying vessel forms. Section B will focus on vessels for everyday use; students will create various plates and bowls, mugs, cups, and tumblers as well as salt and pepper sets. All classes will be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and instruction on how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding. No class Nov 23.

 1042 | Studio Concepts: Realism

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Cecilia Hancock
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

In this class, students will focus on the studio concept of Realism-an attempt to translate the subject matter truthfully in clay whether figurative forms, organic matter, trompe l'oeil tableaux, or mechanical objects. Students will focus on learning sculptural modeling techniques to mimic a realistic form. Students will be encouraged to develop concepts to inform their personal sculptures to help convey the sculptural intent. Emphasis in glazing and finishing techniques to achieve realistic imagery will be covered using mid-range clays and glazes. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate-level handbuilding courses. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1071 | Throwing Porcelain

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Wed, 9/20/2017 to 12/6/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

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 level student. Demonstrations and lectures will focus on wheelthrowing techniques for utilitarian forms, with a focus on glaze finishing techniques that highlight porcelain's cleaner and brighter palette. In addition, students will learn how to mix glazes as well as basic glaze chemistry. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate wheelthrowing level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE. No class Nov 22.

 1101 | Mold Making 101

Level: New | Beginning/Intermediate | Instructor: Marisa Finos
Dates: Tues, 9/26/2017 to 10/24/2017 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Mold Making 101 is for those looking to learn a new skill to add to their ceramic tool box. Molds are a great addition to studio ceramic classes or for the studio artist working from home. Students will learn the basics of working with plaster to create a two-part press mold and a two-part slip-casting mold. Demonstrations will include how to prototype an object, how to prep the object for the cast, how to measure and mix plaster properly, and how to use the mold created. NOTE: This class is a mold making class only, with no making and firing of ware. Tuition includes 10 pounds of plaster to make two small molds and the use of plaster tools. Additional plaster and tools will be available for purchase from the Ceramic studio.

 1117 | China Painting 101

Level: New | Beginning/Intermediate | Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Thurs, 10/12/2017 to 11/16/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Interested in learning a new surface decoration technique? China Painting Basics provides an alternative way to decorate and/or layer the decorative surface of a ceramic form. Students will learn the basics of working with China paint by mixing the paint from powder form to workable oil-based consistency, and then applying the paint onto a fired glazed piece. NOTE: Students in this class will need to bring ceramic forms that are already glazed fired; there will be no making of new work in this class. It is a welcomed addition to your studio class or for the studio artist working from home. Tuition includes the use of a communal China painting set of colors and firing fees. Students will need to purchase their own China painting brushes. Additional tools are available for purchase from the ceramics studio. No class Nov 2.

 1120 | Wearable Ceramics

Level: New | Beginning/Intermediate | Instructor: Rebecca Andresen
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

It's in our nature to express ourselves through what we wear and our personal style. Join us for this fun exploration of ideas to create one-of-a-kind ceramic wearables. Handbuilding techniques using cone-6 porcelain will be demonstrated, and we will look at both historical and contemporary examples to help your ceramic designs come to life. Students can experiment with slips, stains, and glazes to complement their designs and consideration will be taken as to how the pieces will be worn. NOTE: Students will be responsible for purchasing any additional materials needed to complete their work. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 1121 | Handbuilding: Animals and Critters

Level: New | Beginning/Intermediate | Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 12/5/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $345.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $330.00

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 high-fire clays and glazes and will learn techniques used to glaze sculptural work. Students should have a basic knowledge of coil and slab building techniques. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

 

 

 
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1000 | Ceramics 101: Introduction to Clay (Full)
Dates: Thurs, 9/21/2017 to 12/7/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/21/2017 and ending 12/7/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

1001 | Introduction to Wheel-Throwing (Full)
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/18/2017 and ending 12/4/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

1002 | Handbuilding: The Vessel (Full)
Dates: Wed, 9/27/2017 to 12/6/2017 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/27/2017 and ending 12/6/2017 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills (Full)
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 12/5/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/19/2017 and ending 12/5/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills (Full)
Dates: Thurs, 9/21/2017 to 12/7/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/21/2017 and ending 12/7/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

1042 | Studio Concepts: Realism
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/18/2017 and ending 12/4/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1071 | Throwing Porcelain (Full)
Dates: Wed, 9/20/2017 to 12/6/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/20/2017 and ending 12/6/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

1101 | Mold Making 101
Dates: Tues, 9/26/2017 to 10/24/2017 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/26/2017 and ending 10/24/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

1117 | China Painting 101
Dates: Thurs, 10/12/2017 to 11/16/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/12/2017 and ending 11/16/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

1120 | Wearable Ceramics
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/18/2017 and ending 12/4/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

1121 | Handbuilding: Animals and Critters
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 12/5/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/19/2017 and ending 12/5/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 345.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

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