This course will explore the ceramic medium through the format of tile. Given this as a parameter, we are presented with an exciting opportunity to explore clay in two dimensions and low relief. Students will be introduced to historic and contemporary tiles as examples of both architectural elements and art objects. This general survey of ceramic tiles will include many cultures and time periods. Projects will be made using various building methods, including making simple plaster press molds, slab building, and other hand-building techniques. Assignments will incorporate building in relief, repeated pattern, interlocking forms, surface imagery, and glazing techniques (color). Slide lectures, individual research, and critiques will provide historical references and peer perspective on the projects. Please note that this course will require additional materials to be purchased by the student.
1. To be able to use the tools and techniques associated with making tiles (various hand-building processes including slabs and plaster molds).
2. Be familiar with the material nature of clay including its working and drying properties and the glazing and firing processes.
3. Have been introduced to the facilities in the ceramics area: glaze room, kiln room, hand-building space (including slab-roller), plaster lab and have the ability to safely use those spaces.
4. To become more comfortable with and capable of discussing the ideas present in your work and the work of others.
5. Have a basic overview of the history of ceramics and a survey of contemporary practices related to tile making.
6. Articulate what the ceramic process has taught you about yourself as a maker and problem solver.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Ceramics , Fully In-Person
Tags: clay , ceramics , decorative arts , tile