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 knowledge of the basic skills and an understanding of clay. A variety of construction methods will be introduced employing handbuilding techniques. Emphasis will be placed on developing a personal language with the material. Formal issues such as composition, form and surface developments as well as the 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 your exposure to the unlimited possibilities within 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.