Throughout history, tableware has been an expression of a specific time and place. In this way utilitarian objects embody the ideas that define culture. For this class intermediate and advanced ceramic students will produce prototypes that are a thoughtful response to this problem. The emphasis will be on designing compelling pots rather than producing many matching sets. Students will be expected to combine throwing, coil building, slab building and simple molds to make their pieces. Discussions will address formal and conceptual issues in the work including design and functionality. The culmination will be a feast at the end of the term where each student brings food appropriate for the pots that they designed.