Exploring the unique, material nature of clay as a medium for personal and visual expression will be the focus of this course. All ceramic forms, whether sculptural or utilitarian, require a basic knowledge of the ceramic medium. A variety of construction methods will be introduced, employing both hand building and wheel techniques to achieve this goal. Emphasis will be placed on developing a language relating historical references, contemporary movements, and technical skills. Primary techniques including coil building and throwing will be explored with the vessel form as the primary focus. Formal issues such as composition, form and surface developments as well as concerns of use and content will be addressed throughout the term in a number of diverse projects. Regular demonstrations, slide presentations and critiques will increase exposure to the possibilities of this tradition. Students will participate in all aspects of the ceramic process including clay mixing, slip and glaze preparation and the loading and firing of kilns. Some materials will be required to be purchased; these include a manual, dust masks, plastic bags and basic ceramic tools.