Experimental Projects in Ceramics (CER4171.01)

Barry Bartlett

The process of developing within ceramics a vision of how your work interfaces with contemporary art making practices will be the major focus of this class. 

This class is designed to be a combination of research and making that can include ceramic and non-ceramic materials. The class is meant to support the development of continuing advance work and new experimental work. Each student will develop projects based on their individual investigations. Issues to be raised in this class will include functional, sculptural, and digital based forms. There will be emphasis on students leading discussions about their current interests and readings from both the faculty and students. We will study a cross section of contemporary artists using many mediums.

As part of the class’ investigations we will have a visiting artist participating throughout the term, Sandy Curth, alumni of Bennington College will be interacting with students remotely and leading investigations into ideas revolving around the digital interface with the practice of art making. Sandy is currently a researcher in the MIT Design and Computation group where he develops tools and modes of interactive design across scales. His current projects involve gesture controlled earthen 3D printing. 

This class will meet twice a week. To minimize student density in the studio, only half the class will meet in-person at one time. The in-person classes will meet in the ceramics studio and will be hands-on and demonstration based. The second class meeting of the week will be asynchronous and will include lectures, introducing readings and research that connect and expand on the hands-on assignments.

For students studying remotely they will coordinate a course of study which will allow for work based on materials available at home and follow along with the asynchronous sections of the class. If the College deems it necessary to go to totally remote instruction, the class will utilize home-based materials and will focus on research, sketching, and paper-based 3-D modeling.


Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Prerequisites:A written request to Barry Bartlett one week before registration, 2 VA courses and permission of the faculty
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Ceramics , Hybrid In-Person and Remote