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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.

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1000 | Introduction to Clay: A Two-Day Workshop
This course is designed for the novice who has always wanted to try their hand at working in clay. Explore this very plastic and tactile art form and gain an understanding of the many possible ways clay can be formed. Students will work with handbuilding techniques, but the instructor will demonstrate wheel-throwing techniques as well. Includes materials.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Sat, 2/27/2016 & 3/5/2016 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $75 | Members: $60
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 2/27/2016 and ending 3/5/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.

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. Students will learn about clay properties while working in stoneware clay and high-temperature glazes.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Lyn Woods
Dates: Mon, 1/25/2016 to 4/4/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $310 | Members: $295
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/25/2016 and ending 4/4/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.

1002a | Introduction to Handbuilding
Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating sculptural and functional ceramic forms. Students will undertake a variety of projects including slab construction, round and flat coil construction, pinch-forming methods, surface texturing and carving. Students will work with high-temperature stoneware clay and will be introduced to glazing techniques. No class Mar 15.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 1/19/2016 to 4/5/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $310 | Members: $295
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/19/2016 and ending 4/5/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.

1002b | Introduction to Handbuilding (Full)
Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method for creating sculptural and functional ceramic forms. Students will undertake a variety of projects including slab construction, round and flat coil construction, pinch-forming methods, surface texturing and carving. Students will work with high-temperature stoneware clay and will be introduced to glazing techniques. No class Mar 16.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Wed, 1/20/2016 to 4/6/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $310 | Members: $295

Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/20/2016 and ending 4/6/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lidded forms, pouring vessels, and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussion will help students understand how to integrate form with function; students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and fire downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Andre Bally
Dates: Tues, 1/19/2016 to 4/5/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/19/2016 and ending 4/5/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills (Full)
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lidded forms, pouring vessels, and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussion will help students understand how to integrate form with function; students will also be introduced to an array of surface decoration techniques and how to load and fire downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Thurs, 1/21/2016 to 4/7/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/21/2016 and ending 4/7/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1036 | Vessels for Food Preparation (Full)
Students will spend class time creating wheel thrown and altered forms designed specifically for food preparation. Sauerkraut crocks, pickle jars, butter keepers and salt pigs made out of clay were common use before the advent of modern canned and processed foods. These items as well as juicers, graters, and mixing bowls will be presented. Lectures and demonstrations will cover both technical and aesthetic considerations for proper design and use of these high-fire porcelain and stoneware vessels. The last day of class will be dedicated to shredding cabbage and packing jars for your first batch of homemade sauerkraut to take home in a ceramic crock created in class. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least two throwing skills classes. No class Mar 17.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Diana Kersey
Dates: Thurs, 1/21/2016 to 4/7/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/21/2016 and ending 4/7/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1064 | Small Parts-Big Art: Cone 5/6 Porcelain (Full)
This class will focus on creating large-scale works constructed from small hand built individual parts using mid-range (cone 5/6) porcelain clays in combination with other materials. Students will explore different techniques for creating organic forms and abstract volumes. Emphasis will be placed on concept development and technical aspects of attaching parts together by using various means: wire, zip-ties, metal rods and cords. Surfaces will be finished using commercial and studio slips, underglazes, and clear glaze. All works will be fired in electric kilns. Students should expect to finish two projects of their choice: wall pieces, self standing, or installation. Prerequisite: Students must have completed introduction to handbuilding. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Cecilia Hancock
Dates: Tues, 1/19/2016 to 4/5/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/19/2016 and ending 4/5/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1069 | Image Transfer Techniques
Incorporating image transfer techniques into a student's work provides great opportunity for self expression beyond that of glaze alone. This class will introduce three techniques: EZ Screen Print, monochromatic iron oxide decals, and photographic quality color ceramic decals. Students will gain some basic Photoshop instruction in preparing images for use, as well as other tools necessary to apply those learned techniques to their own work using low-temperature clay and glazes. Includes some materials, but students should expect to purchase clay and transfer materials. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Greg Kinney
Dates: Mon, 1/25/2016 to 4/4/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $330 | Members: $315

Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/25/2016 and ending 4/4/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.

1071 | The Ceramic Plate (Full)
In this class students will learn how to design and construct functional plates. Wheelthrowing demonstrations accompanied by lectures on historical and contemporary pottery will guide students in the technicalities of the plate form. Each student will work though designing several plate forms and chose a prototype to create a functional set using low-fire clays, glazes, and surface decorating techniques. Prerequisite: Students should have a strong foundation in wheelthrowing. See* CERAMIC NOTE. No class Mar 14.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Mon, 1/25/2016 to 4/4/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $310 | Members: $295
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/25/2016 and ending 4/4/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.

1078 | Salt & Soda Firing (Full)
Salt firing is deeply rooted in the ceramics history of Germany. Brought to America by immigrants, this firing process remained in common use up to the late 1800's. In 1962, Don Reitz developed salt firing into an art form. In this class students will learn raw clay analysis and batch limits, and formulate a clay body specific to salt and soda firing. There will be additional emphasis on surface treatment and glaze development to maximize the firing effect. The class will participate in several firings-learning firing techniques for directing the salt and soda flow and one firing with reduction cooling. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE. No class Mar 16.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Kevin Van Winkle
Dates: Wed, 1/20/2016 to 4/6/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $330 | Members: $315
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/20/2016 and ending 4/6/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.