Community Classes

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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
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: Dennis Smith
Dates: Thurs, 1/22/2015 to 4/9/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/22/2015 and ending 4/9/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 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/Intermediate
Instructor: Dennis Smith
Dates: Thurs, 1/22/2015 to 4/9/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/22/2015 and ending 4/9/2015 at 6:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1002a | 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, 1/20/2015 to 4/7/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/20/2015 and ending 4/7/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 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: Kimberly Rumfelt
Dates: Thurs, 1/22/2015 to 4/9/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/22/2015 and ending 4/9/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1030 | Throwing Skills (Full)
This class will concentrate on expanding and refining throwing skills through the forming of bowls, mugs, lids, pitchers 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: Dennis Smith
Dates: Tues, 1/20/2015 to 4/7/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/20/2015 and ending 4/7/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1035 | Alternative Firing Techniques at Low Temp (Full)
Open to students who throw and/or handbuild, this class will focus on three methods of low temperature alternative firing: horsehair with high contrast, vapor fuming in a barrel kiln, and naked raku, a thick slip resist technique. Burnishing, the making and use of terra sigillata, using oxides and chlorides as colorants, and copper wire for mark making will also be covered with focus on understanding appropriate forms for the different firing techniques and some of the various types of resists. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one intermediate level throwing or handbuilding class and must be physically able to pull their own work from the kiln using raku tongs.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Lyn Woods
Dates: Wed, 1/21/2015 to 4/8/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/21/2015 and ending 4/8/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1041 | Image Transfer Techniques
Incorporating image transfer techniques into a student's work provides great opportunity for self expression beyond that of glaze alone. Modern technology has opened an entirely new range of possibilities in this area for the ceramic artist and this class will introduce three of these 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: Wed, 1/21/2015 to 4/8/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/21/2015 and ending 4/8/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1069 | Glazes Made Simple (Full)
Using HyperGlaze, a computer glaze calculation software, students will develop their own composition of glaze bases for cone 6 oxidation using chemicals that are commonly available to the ceramic artist. HyperGlaze is an invaluable tool in simplifying glaze calculations, especially when there is a need to substitute materials. Glaze tests will be fired and evaluated before continuing experimentation with optional additions of base materials, as well as colorants to create various glaze effects and colors that are safe for use in functional and sculptural pieces. Prerequisite: Students must have basic computer skills and have had a minimum of two intermediate level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Advanced
Instructor: Miguel Abugattas
Dates: Mon, 1/26/2015 to 4/6/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $320 | Members: $305
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/26/2015 and ending 4/6/2015 at 9:30AM
 
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, 1/20/2015 to 4/7/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $335 | Members: $320
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/20/2015 and ending 4/7/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $320.00 ea.

1080 | Independent Study (Full)
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 Dec 1, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 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: Diana Kersey
Dates: Mon, 1/26/2015 to 4/6/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $325 | Members: $310
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/26/2015 and ending 4/6/2015 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.

1820 | Thermo-fax Screen Printing on Clay (Full)
$50 @ 50 | SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CLASS
The Thermo-Fax Machine is a vintage piece of office equipment once used by schools for making ditto masters and transparencies. Artists have re-purposed this machine to make quick and easy plastic printing screens similar to screen printing. Underglazes can pass freely through the screen to provide direct imagery on to clay surfaces. Creating Thermo-Fax screens from Xeroxed images and the process of screening underglazes through the screens directly on to a clay surface will be demonstrated. Images can be screened on leather-hard greenware and bisque ware with standard underglazes, as well as on glazed ware with special underglaze products. Class time will include making small plates or tiles for sample the process; students can also bring pieces to sample on. Includes some materials; please see SSA website for a material list.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Sat, 2/28/2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM |Sun, 3/1/2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $50 | Members: $50
Irregular classes scheduled starting 2/28/2015 and ending 3/1/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.