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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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1002 | 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 in what is referred to as low-temperature and will be introduced to oxide wash patinas and the use of commercially produced glazes that can create vibrant colors and surfaces.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Dennis Smith
Dates: Mon, 6/2/2014 to 8/4/2014 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $295 | Members: $280
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/2/2014 and ending 8/4/2014 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.

1003 | Low Temp: The Narrative Figure
This class will cover basic forming techniques used to construct hand-built sculpture with an emphasis on the human figure. Students will be guided in developing a narrative of their own devising - be it fictional, self-experiential, and symbolic or based on a historical fact. Students will also gain an understanding of how to utilize their sculptural construction as a canvas. Demonstrations in surface techniques will include relief, basic textures, carving, under glaze layering, washes of oxides and glazes. The pieces will be fired at low-temperature in electric kilns and students will be encouraged to learn the process of loading and unloading electric kilns. Prerequisite: Previous experience in handbuilding helpful, but not necessary.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Cecilia Hancock
Dates: Wed, 6/4/2014 to 8/6/2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $295 | Members: $280
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/4/2014 and ending 8/6/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.

1033 | Polymer Clay for Personal Ornamentation
Discover the wealth of creative possibilities that versatile, colorful polymer clay has to offer. This class will introduce basic skills and quickly move to more advanced applications for students with more experience. The emphasis will be on learning numerous techniques, including caning, photo transfer and various surface design methods, as well as working with an extruder. These techniques and more will be used in the creation of beads and small flat panels that can be made into jewelry or components for other mediums. A basic materials kit will be provided; see SSA website for materials list and suggested location for purchasing materials.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Carol Dotin
Dates: Thurs, 6/5/2014 to 8/7/2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $300 | Members: $285
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/5/2014 and ending 8/7/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

1037 | Earthenware Planters (Full)
This is an intermediate class open to those who have had at least one Introduction to Handbuilding class. This class will completely focus on construction, glazing and firing techniques used to produce low temperature, red earthenware planters. Techniques of coil, slab, press mold, carving and relief applications will be covered. Glazing techniques will concentrate on underglaze, patina and slip washes and low-temperature glazes. Through lectures, demonstrations and critiques, students will examine visual aesthetics and functional considerations for different types of planters. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Dennis Smith
Dates: Tues, 6/3/2014 to 8/5/2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $305 | Members: $290
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/3/2014 and ending 8/5/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $290.00 ea.

1065a | Majolica
Majolica was first introduced during the 16th century, and was heavily influenced by Hispano-Moresque and Near Eastern decorated wares. Today, Majolica refers to a low-temperature white base glaze, composed of frits and tin combinations, with a brushed overlay of colored designs. The use of traditional and non-traditional methods of glaze applications and construction techniques will be covered. Throwing and handbuilding demonstrations will be presented, as well as slide presentations of contemporary Majolica work. Students should anticipate assigned projects. The pieces will be oxidation fired in electric kilns and students will be expected to learn the process of loading and unloading the kilns. Prerequisite: Students must have at least two or three terms of throwing/handbuilding experience. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Mon, 6/2/2014 to 8/4/2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $305 | Members: $290
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/2/2014 and ending 8/4/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $290.00 ea.

1065b | Majolica
Majolica was first introduced during the 16th century, and was heavily influenced by Hispano-Moresque and Near Eastern decorated wares. Today, Majolica refers to a low-temperature white base glaze, composed of frits and tin combinations, with a brushed overlay of colored designs. The use of traditional and non-traditional methods of glaze applications and construction techniques will be covered. Throwing and handbuilding demonstrations will be presented, as well as slide presentations of contemporary Majolica work. Students should anticipate assigned projects. The pieces will be oxidation fired in electric kilns and students will be expected to learn the process of loading and unloading the kilns. Prerequisite: Students must have at least two or three terms of throwing/handbuilding experience. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Ryan Takaba
Dates: Thurs, 6/5/2014 to 8/7/2014 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $305 | Members: $290
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/5/2014 and ending 8/7/2014 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $290.00 ea.

1075 | Handbuilding: Low-Temperature Sculpture (Full)
Through demonstration and discussion, this class will cover many techniques of assembling and constructing clay sculptural forms. Students will be encouraged to explore new methods of construction, textural surface treatments, underglaze and low-temperature glaze applications, and multiple firing processes. Several thought-provoking assignments will be given to help students focus on their newly developed skills, as well as idea development. Tuition covers most glaze materials and kiln firing; however, students should anticipate additional fees for clay, some glazes and tools. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Dennis Smith
Dates: Tues, 6/3/2014 to 8/5/2015 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $305 | Members: $290
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/3/2014 and ending 8/5/2014 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $290.00 ea.

1077 | Low-Fire Slipcasting
This class will concentrate on using commercial and handmade molds for slip casting to create one-of-a-kind pieces - functional or sculptural - that will be unique to each student. Molds allow for a three-dimensional object to be exactly replicated and cast multiple times. Slip casting is a technique that uses a liquid clay body poured into plaster molds that is allowed to form a hollow cast on the inside of the mold. Using low-fire casting slip and clay, students will learn how to cut, alter and combine slip cast, handbuilt and wheelthrown forms to create one-of-a-kind sculptures. Note: In this class students will work with low-temperature slips, clay and glazes. Prerequisite: Students should have a foundation in wheelthrowing techniques, and must have taken a minimum of two intermediate-level classes. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Level: New | Advanced
Instructor: Jennifer Datchuk
Dates: Wed, 6/4/2014 to 8/6/2014 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $305 | Members: $290
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/4/2014 and ending 8/6/2014 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $290.00 ea.

1079 | Sandblasting Ceramics: A Method for Enhanci
In this exciting new low-temperature class, instruction will begin with an in-depth class discussion covering safety procedures, sandblasting equipment, (including blasting booths, vacuum systems and compressors), masking media, (including liquid rubber and vinyl), hand cut and machine cut masks, types of abrasive blasting materials and various techniques for sandblasting ceramics. Students will be taught to use these techniques to enhance surface textures and finishes on bisque and glaze ware and learn how to develop patterns for curved and flat surfaces. There will be group discussions to evaluate pre and post firing results. Prerequisites: At least two intermediate-level classes.

Level: New | Advanced
Instructor: Andre Bally
Dates: Wed, 6/4/2014 to 8/6/2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: McAllister Ceramics Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $310 | Members: $295
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/4/2014 and ending 8/6/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.