Ceramics: Roots of Form (CER2138.01)

Barry Bartlett

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 and a variety of construction methods will be introduced employing hand building techniques to achieve this goal. The primary study will be to explore the vessel form. Emphasis will be placed on developing a language relating historical references, contemporary movements and technical skills. 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.

Prerequisites: None
Credits: 4
M 8:00am - 11:40am
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:
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