Slip Casting – Designs, Molds, & Multiples (CER2123.01)

David Eichelberger

This course is an introduction to SLIP CASTING, a technique used to create multiple ceramic pieces from plaster molds. Students will focus on two parallel themes during this course: first, we will investigate mold making, porcelain slip formulation, and casting methodologies, and prototype design development. Second, we will explore how casting can be used to support concepts in an artistic practice, and what outcomes lend themselves to this industrial process. Both aspects of slip casting will be explored, but we will aim to find a balance between technique and idea that should make this course equally interesting to both technically-minded and conceptually-minded students. Assignments will explore ways to create installations, functional wares, and sculptural components used to assemble more complex pieces. Students will utilize prototyping techniques in clay and non-clay materials. Glaze application and firing methods will be discussed. Students will complete a series of projects during the semester, culminating in one research-based final project. Sketchbook practices will be important during this course to develop ideas and strategies for the class.

Learning Outcomes:
Students have the opportunity to:
-- gain technical proficiency regarding plaster usage and mold making, prototyping and design considerations, clay formulation, porcelain slip casting, and glaze application
-- develop skills associated with the design and implementation of a research-based project
-- recognize how choices regarding production processes influence conceptual outcomes in a work of art
-- develop skills related to the designing of an object within given parameters

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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