Ceramics: Expressive Vessels and Sculpture

Winter 2021
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 20
4 Credits per quarter
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In this intermediate level course, students will explore personally expressive sculpture and functional ceramic artwork. Projects will involve slab work, coil construction, pinching, building solid and hollowing.

 Primarily, this course is designed for students with previous college-level ceramics experience who are invested in developing technically proficient and personally relevant 3-dimensional art.  Faculty will demonstrate techniques including: maquette making, use of armatures for sculptural work, working from photographs and life for accurate scaling and representation, and handbuilding of functional vessels. Students will be encouraged to develop artistic concepts through research, writing, and sketching. Various surfacing techniques will be explored throughout the course to complement the nature of each project. Functional vessels will be embellished by colorful slips and glazed to provide a food-safe surface, whereas sculptural work will take a mixed-media approach using paints, collage, and other experimental materials.  

Materials for this course will be available for purchase through the Evergreen Bookstore and the Evergreen Ceramic Studio. Students within Olympia will arrange to pick-up materials from campus to transport back home. If a student is located outside of Olympia, or cannot come to campus to pick-up materials, they can choose to have a tool kit shipped to their address. A list of ceramic distributors will also be provided for students to purchase clay in their area. Students will bring completed projects to campus for firing at the end of the quarter and pick them up to finish at home. These pick-up and drop-off dates will be scheduled in advance to ensure a safe and manageable timeline in compliance with Covid 19 regulations.

 Class will be conducted remotely through weekly zoom meetings that cover demonstrations, discussions and critiques. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.

 Students will need access to high-speed internet to participate in synchronous class activities and to access our course Canvas page where class content is posted. Live class sessions will run an estimated 3 hours with an additional hour of office time available with the Faculty. This course requires 5 hours of asynchronous work time outside of class meetings.


Winter 2021 Registration

Previous college-level ceramics course.

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