Creating with Clay 1
This is designed as a 3-trimester class. Although students are free to drop out naturally, no new students can be enrolled after the first trimester as the course builds on skills. Students currently enrolled who have taken 2 trimesters should take this class.
Note: Toolkits will be provided for use but must be returned at end of class (or end of online class)
Fall Trimester (Part A)
In this beginning course on ceramics, students will learn about different kinds of clay, with a focus on stoneware clay bodies of different colors and textures. Basic techniques such as wedging, rolling out a slab, rolling a coil and scoring and joining parts are taught through the production of various projects. We will make pinch pots, paper core animals and fruits that are seasonal such as pomegranates, pumpkins and pears. We also use impression stamps to create a decorative plaque. The important stages of drying will be explained and then the firing processes as well. Students will have an opportunity to glaze their work after it has been bisque fired.
Winter Trimester (Part B)
Students continue their skill building in wedging, rolling slabs and coils and joining parts. We will introduce the use of styrofoam “break-away” molds for making seasonal gift ware such as hearts for Valentines Day...the heart is really a universal symbol. We will make another animal figure, this time focusing on endangered species such as the Koala Bear or Polar Bear which are fairly simple shapes to sculpt over a paper core. Students use another conical shaped break-away mold to make a vase or other item utilizing the cone shape.
Spring Trimester (Part C)
Students continue their skill building in wedging, rolling slabs and joining parts as these skills require many hours of practice. New skills such as carving and sgrafitto are introduced (carving through a colored slip). Skillsets are enhanced through the building of an African mask,carving decorative impression stamps, making a coiled pot, carving a notan design into black slip, and we will do our first slab construction, a simple box or building.
Note: When this class is taught online we will be using alternative coloring methods to avoid the traditional back and forth transporting of bisque fired wares. Instead of traditional glazing, students will use a variety of stains and slips, and underglazes on their greenware pieces, then instructor will add a transparent glaze if necessary, doing both firings before returning finished art to students.