This class will explore the use of low temperature clay and glazes. A large part of ceramic history is based in these materials. All early civilizations moving into the 14-century and many contemporary styles depend on low temperature material in terms of both technical and artistic style.
Students will be asked to do research into different styles and types of low fire clay and glaze. Each student will give a presentation slide lecture on the subject they choose to research. Students will then formulate and test clay and glazes and create three-dimensional pieces in the ceramic medium from the research completed.
Techniques could include low fire white and terra cotta clays, underglazing, decals and lusters. Some books will be required to be purchased as text for this course.