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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
$50 @ 50 | SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CLASS
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, 9/12/2015 to 9/19/2015 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $50
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 9/12/2015 and ending 9/19/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

1001 | Introduction to Wheel-Throwing
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/Intermediate
Instructor: Kaela Puente
Dates: Wed, 9/23/2015 to 12/9/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/23/2015 and ending 12/9/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 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.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Mon, 9/21/2015 to 12/7/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/21/2015 and ending 12/7/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 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.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Tues, 9/22/2015 to 12/8/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/22/2015 and ending 12/8/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1030a | Throwing Skills
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, mugs, lids, pitchers and assembling 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 will learn how to load and fire downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 9/22/2015 to 12/8/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/22/2015 and ending 12/8/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1030b | Throwing Skills
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, mugs, lids, pitchers and assembling 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 will learn how to load and fire downdraft gas kilns. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding. No class Nov 26.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: John Nelson
Dates: Thurs, 9/24/2015 to 12/10/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $320 | Members: $305
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/24/2015 and ending 12/10/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.

1045 | Coil Building: Stacked Forms
This class will build upon each student's hand-building skills using intermediate/advanced coil building techniques. Projects will be geared towards large-scale construction by using a variety of two-foot sections, including thrown, stacked to create a finished sculpture. Exercises will focus on problem solving the seam-line between each section and finding solutions to create unity within the finished form. Low-fire glazes, under-glazes, and unfired paint will be introduced as finishing options. Students will work in a high-fire grog clay body while embellishing the surface in the low-temperature range. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum of two intermediate level throwing classes and feel confident in throwing the forms listed above. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Wed, 9/23/2015 to 12/9/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/23/2015 and ending 12/9/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1069 | South Texas Shino
The first Shino glaze was developed during the Japanese Momoyama Period (1568-1600); it was abandoned then rediscovered in the 20th century. Said to be the "glaze of 1000 faces," there is no shortage of Shino glaze recipe variations. In this class students will learn the relationship between clay bodies, glazing and firing to achieve successful Shino results. Emphasis will be on formulating the Shino glaze and understanding how one glaze can produce many varied results. Special techniques will be taught for controlling carbon trapping, and adding carbon infusion, as well as side-firing with wood ash. Class firing results will be evaluated, offering clues to further develop the next 1000 faces of Shino. Prerequisite: Students must have basic computer skills and have had a minimum of two intermediate level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE. No class Oct 8 & Nov 26.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Kevin Van Winkle
Dates: Thurs, 9/17/2015 to 12/10/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $320 | Members: $305
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/17/2015 and ending 12/10/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.

1071 | Altered Throwing (Full)
This class will concentrate on using the potter's wheel to create traditional pottery-bowls, cups, pitchers, vases and lidded forms-while adding personal flare using handbuilding techniques of cutting, darting, forming, paddling and assembling. Exercises will focus on the relationship between form and function in the understanding and processing of one's work. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum of two intermediate level throwing classes and feel confident in throwing the forms listed above. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Tues, 9/22/2015 to 12/8/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/22/2015 and ending 12/8/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1073 | The Urn: Container and Narrative
Using coil construction techniques, this class will continue to develop the intermediate student's handbuilding skills. Many cultures have used the urn for ceremonial purposes in rituals or tributes or for holding ashes or treasures. Students will design and create several sculptural urns while looking to history to develop their own unique design and personal narrative on the pot's surface. Students will learn several surface decoration techniques including sgrafitto, mishima, scrimshaw, and relief. All work will be fired in electric kilns using low-fire glazes and techniques. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one beginning level handbuilding class.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Cecilia Hancock
Dates: Wed, 9/23/2015 to 12/9/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/23/2015 and ending 12/9/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1077 | Making Multiples: Cone 5 - 6 Porcelain
Molds are a great tool when working with porcelain clay and in the construction of multiples. This class will cover how to make simple one- and two-part molds and how to use them in a variety of building techniques. Students will use a mid-range porcelain casting slip to alter multiples through cutting and assembling forms. Found molds will be used in addition to made molds to encourage and create new forms and sculptures. Surface and glaze techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two intermediate level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE. No class Nov 26.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Thurs, 9/24/2015 to 12/10/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $315
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/24/2015 and ending 12/10/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.

1080 | Independent Study
Independent Study is designed for advanced level students who are self-motivated, technically capable of firing kilns, willing to push their creative abilities, and who wish to create a body of work during the term. Prior to Registering: Students must submit a proposal for approval by the instructor prior to registering. The proposal must clearly state the intended goals of the student's independent study. A link to the Independent Study Proposal Form is available on the school's website under Community Classes Quick Links. Students must apply before Aug. 10 and, if approved, will be contacted by email on or before Aug. 13. The instructor reserves the right to reject proposals. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum of three advanced level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Diana Kersey
Dates: Mon, 9/21/2015 to 12/7/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/21/2015 and ending 12/7/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.