In this beginning class we will use the technique of throwing to investigate utilitarian and sculptural forms. Within those contexts we will study the general history of the wheel as a tool that has been used in agrarian societies as well as personal expression. The main focus of the class will be learning how to throw and how to interweave historical concepts of ceramics into your own work. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the ceramic process, which include, but not limited to mixing their own clay, slip and glaze preparation, and the loading and firing of kilns. Some books will be required to be purchased as texts for this course.