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Ceramics

Ceramics was one of the first media taught at the Southwest School of Art, and the Ceramics Department has a long-running commitment to working with adult students -- who number nearly 500 a year -- within a positive, creative, community atmosphere. You can find classes on hand-building, wheel-throwing, raku, glazing, digital embellishments and much more, taught by faculty as well as at frequent workshops by visiting artists.

Ceramic NoteStudents registering for ceramic classes should be physically capable of lifting 25lbs. 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. Those students who are unable to arrange time to participate outside of class time should not enroll in these classes.

Studio Access: Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210-200-8217/8227 prior to your class to get the door code.

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1001 | Introduction to Throwing (Full)
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.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Angela Mann
Dates: Thurs, 6/15/2017 to 8/17/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $310 | Members/Seniors (65+): $295
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/15/2017 and ending 8/17/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 295.00 ea.

1002 | Introduction to Handbuilding: The Figure (Full)
Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating sculptural ceramic forms. Students will undertake a variety of figurative-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 low-temperature clay and will be introduced to glazing techniques.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Cecilia Hancock
Dates: Thurs, 6/15/2017 to 8/17/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $310 | Members/Seniors (65+): $295
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/15/2017 and ending 8/17/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 295.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills: Vessels (Full)
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 vessels that are used for serving: bowls, plates, and platters. Section B will focus on vessels that can be enhanced with slip techniques. Students will learn how to make a handmade brush to use in the surfacing of their pots. Students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Note: Section A will focus on vessels that are used for serving: bowls, plates, and platters.
Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Mon, 6/12/2017 to 8/14/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/12/2017 and ending 8/14/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills: Vessels (Full)
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 vessels that are used for serving: bowls, plates, and platters. Section B will focus on vessels that can be enhanced with slip techniques. Students will learn how to make a handmade brush to use in the surfacing of their pots. Students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and unload downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Note: Section B will focus on vessels that can be enhanced with slip techniques.
Level: Intermediate
Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Thurs, 6/15/2017 to 8/17/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/15/2017 and ending 8/17/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

1034 | Sculptural Concept: Abstration (Full)
Abstraction is very much the language of the self: taking something from the natural world and distilling it through our own experience reveals much. How can we take our ideas and realize them in a way that's fresh and new? This class will explore using abstraction in ceramics to move away from literal interpretations and into a visual language that celebrates our own unique experience. We will focus on hand-building techniques to explore form, line, and texture on their own terms. Students will also explore color, glaze, and alternative surface techniques. We will look at historical and contemporary examples of abstraction in painting, sculpture, and multi-media art to refine our own approach. How abstraction has influenced contemporary ceramics and its role in shaping future directions will also be covered. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least two handbuilding classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Jared Theis
Dates: Mon, 6/12/2017 to 8/14/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/12/2017 and ending 8/14/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

1061 | The Dinner Party
In this class, students will collaborate to create a three-piece tableware setting and serve a prepared meal. Students will learn about tableware and how to prototype a bowl, cup, and plate to accompany a chosen menu. Each piece will need to respond to the others to create a unified and balanced visual display of food and tableware. Form and function will be addressed as students explore how food is displayed on pottery. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate-level courses. See *CERAMIC NOTE. No class on Jul 4.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Tues, 6/13/2017 to 8/15/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Smith Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $300 | Members/Seniors (65+): $285
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/13/2017 and ending 8/15/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

1063 | Blue & White: Ming, Delft, & Majolica
In this class, students will vicariously travel the world by studying blue and white decoration on ceramic wares. Students will begin in Jingdezhen, China, studying porcelain cobalt-blue decoration, absorbing the history and techniques in making. They will then travel to the Netherlands to study how trade and exploration created a new style of Delftware. Low-fire clays and white slip with the addition of cobalt will be introduced in this project. Then finally, off to Italy to experiment with red earthenware and the tin-based, white glaze known as Majolica. Prerequisite: Students should have a minimum of one handbuilding and one throwing class. See* CERAMIC NOTE. No class on Jul 4.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Tues, 6/13/2017 to 8/15/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $300 | Members/Seniors (65+): $285
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/13/2017 and ending 8/15/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

1064 | Face Casting
This course will introduce students to the process for making a live face casting, or life cast, beginning by preparing and producing a mother mold which will be used to press or cast a ceramic mask. Students will learn the use of low-fire clays to make press mold masks and the use of low-fire ceramic slips for casting masks. Loading and firing electric kilns will be covered. The instructors will emphasize the use of Alginate for face casting, the use of #1 Potter Plaster for making plaster positives and molds, the use of various clay tools, and general techniques in decoration and application of low-fire glazes. Each student will be provided material for one mold and mask; students can purchase additional materials if needed. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Andre Bally
Dates: Wed, 6/7/2017 to 8/9/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/7/2017 and ending 8/9/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

1067 | Soda Firing at Cone 6 (Full)
In this class students will experiment with an alternative firing process using soda ash at mid-range temperatures. Like the age-old German technique of salt firing, this class will introduce salt (by way of soda ash mixed with saw dust) to achieve 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. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Wed, 6/14/2017 to 8/16/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Smith Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $325 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/14/2017 and ending 8/16/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

1101 | Ceramics 101 Happy Hour: Shots, Shooters
Ceramics 101 Happy Hour is for those looking for a weekly break! Don't worry about coming dressed to impress, ditch your office persona and enjoy creative social time with new people while learning the basics of wheel throwing with clay. Learn to make a variety of cups for weekend beverages-shots, shooters, and sippers-or maybe just for morning coffee. Tuition includes one bag of low-temperature clay, glaze materials, and use of tools. Additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the Ceramic studio. No class on Jul 4.

Level: New | Beginner
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 6/13/2017 to 7/18/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $170 | Members/Seniors (65+): $155

Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/13/2017 and ending 7/18/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 170.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.

1105 | Ceramics 101 Happy Hour: Handbuilding
Come enjoy creative social time with new people 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 in this short introductory class. Tuition includes one bag of clay, glaze materials, and use of tools. Additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the ceramics studio.

Level: New | Beginner
Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Mon, 6/12/2017 to 7/10/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $170 | Members/Seniors (65+): $155

Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/12/2017 and ending 7/10/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 170.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.

1106 | Ceramics 101 Happy Hour: Wheelthrowing
Learn to make a variety of bowl forms for use at home. Break up the mid-week, work routine with a short introduction to the process of creating ceramics on the potter's wheel. Tuition includes one bag of low-temperature clay, glaze materials, and use of tools. Additional clay and tools are available for purchase from the Ceramic studio.

Level: New | Beginner
Instructor: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Wed, 7/19/2017 to 8/16/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $170 | Members/Seniors (65+): $155
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 7/19/2017 and ending 8/16/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 170.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.