This course will investigate the unique, material nature of clay as a sculptural medium. We will learn to observe, interpret, and make art objects through a series of projects in drawing/collage and ceramic techniques. Students will explore the material aspects of clay such as dryness, wetness, mass and scale using a variety of mechanical processes that include extrusion, slab rolling and molds. In doing so, the pieces created will be used to convey ideas of form and process as both the vocabulary and meaning expressed.
Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the ceramic process, which include, but are not limited to, mixing their own clay, slip and glaze preparation, and loading and firing of kilns.