This course will explore the ceramic medium through the format of tile. Given this, as a parameter, we are presented with an exciting opportunity to explore clay in two dimensions and in low relief. Students will be introduced to historical and contemporary tiles as examples of both architectural elements and art objects. Tiles will be made using various building methods including making simple plaster press molds, slab building, and other hand-building techniques. Assignments will incorporate: building in relief, repeated pattern, interlocking forms, surface imagery and glazing techniques (color). Slide lectures, individual research, and critiques will provide historic references and peer perspective on the projects.