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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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1001a | 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. No class Jul 4.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Mon, 6/6/2016 to 8/8/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $280 | Member/Senior (65+): $265
Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/6/2016 and ending 8/8/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $265.00 ea.

1001b | Introduction to 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
Instructor: Angela Mann
Dates: Wed, 6/8/2016 to 8/10/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $300 | Member/Senior (65+): $285
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/8/2016 and ending 8/10/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 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: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Tues, 6/7/2016 to 8/9/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $300 | Member/Senior (65+): $285
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/7/2016 and ending 8/9/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

1002b | 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: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 6/7/2016 to 8/9/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $300 | Member/Senior (65+): $285
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/7/2016 and ending 8/9/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

1030a | 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: Wed, 6/8/2016 to 8/10/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $305 | Member/Senior (65+): $290
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/8/2016 and ending 8/10/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $290.00 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: Kevin Van Winkle
Dates: Tues, 6/7/2016 to 8/9/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $305 | Member/Senior (65+): $290
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/7/2016 and ending 8/9/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $290.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.

1036 | Hollow Parts
This class will concentrate on both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques to create hollow, closed forms. Students will explore 3-D design by creating a series of objects, some functional, some purely sculptural. Demonstrations will emphasis techniques that use the potter's wheel as a tool in order to fabricate parts to be assembled off the wheel. Discussions and lectures will focus on learning and thinking about form, volume, and texture. Students will be using high-fire clay, glazes, and slips. Prerequisite: Students should have a strong foundation in wheelthrowing. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Blake Kennedy
Dates: Thurs, 6/9/2016 to 8/11/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Wheelthrowing Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315 | Member/Senior (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/9/2016 and ending 8/11/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.

1061 | Puffy Pots and Puffy Handles
Low-fire red earthenware lends itself to beautifully thick forms and colorful ornamentation. This class will investigate the use of bisque molds, slab construction, and coil building to create a variety of vessel forms, sets and decorative handle elements. Surface techniques like slip inlay, sgraffito, stamping and decals will be demonstrated and discussed. Low-fire slips and glazes will be layered to create dynamic conceptual surfaces. Prerequisites: Basic Skills: Introduction to Throwing and Basic Skills: Introduction to Handbuilding. See* CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Wed, 6/8/2016 to 8/10/2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315 | Member/Senior (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/8/2016 and ending 8/10/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.

1064 | Primal Clay
This class offers students the opportunity to learn and be involved in the entire ceramic process-from mixing clays and glazes to firing the experimental natural gas kiln. The claybody will be the main emphasis in this class; development of experimental claybodies will be encouraged by combining a variety of familiar, industrially produced clays with locally sourced clays, sands, minerals and organic fillers. Glazing will be simple interior liner glazes and work will be raw glazed and once-fired to cone 10 reduction. The first half of the class will focus on testing, with the later half dedicated to finalizing a "clay palette". All claybodies will be mixed together as a class and no commercial clays will be used. Claybodies will be sold to students by the pound. Prerequisites: Students should have a strong foundation in either wheelthrowing or handbuilidng. Students will also be responsible for mixing their own claybodies and glazes, and be required to assist with the firing of the high fire kilns. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Diana Kersey
Dates: Thurs, 6/9/2016 to 8/11/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $320 | Member/Senior (65+): $305
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/9/2016 and ending 8/11/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.

1078 | Doll Parts
In this class, we will explore traditional and contemporary ways to make dolls that range from creepy to cute and sweet to sinister. Using low fire white clay, press molds, and sculpting tools, students will learn to make doll parts like hands, arms, feet, legs, and heads. This class will cover how to make a 2-part plaster mold and joining systems to attach your doll parts together. Mixed media possibilities will be explored to make soft fabric bodies and parts as well as alternative finishing techniques like milk paints, waxes, and stains. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum experience of two introductory handbuilding level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Wed, 6/8/2016 to 8/10/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $315 | Member/Senior (65+): $300
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/8/2016 and ending 8/10/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $300.00 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 prior to registering and be approved for this class. 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 March 28, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before April 4. The instructor reserves the right to reject proposals that do not concur with the purpose of Independent Study. Prerequisite: Students must have had a minimum of three advanced level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Mon, 6/6/2016 to 8/8/2016 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Handbuilding Studio | Building: McAllister Building
Tuition: $290 | Member/Senior (65+): $275

Irregular classes scheduled starting 6/6/2016 and ending 8/8/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $290.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $275.00 ea.