The purpose of this class is to prepare students for self‐directed advanced studio work beyond undergraduate classes, whether that is senior project, a personal studio career, a residency, or continued education in ceramics.
Students will work on developing technical skills (materials and processes appropriate to their concepts), aesthetic sensibilities (including the use of historic and contemporary references in ceramics and other arts, criticism, expression of personal concepts in works). This is intended to build on the basic information from prior handbuilding, throwing, vessel, and ceramic sculpture classes.
This semester’s focus will be on 3D Printing.
Ceramics Majors, students with previous experience in ceramics at an advanced level and post baccalaureates.
Students will use clay bodies of their own choice. Exploration of surface options will identify materials and processes that further the ideas expressed in the work. Forming skills will be researched and developed as needed.
Students will develop a basis for researching and evaluating the options in solving studio problems working in series to achieve growth in studio work
organization anytime management to generate a project and complete it by a specified date, i.e. senior show, grad school application, etc. Along with that, a understanding the personal, technical, and aesthetic demands of working as an artist finishing the semester with a body of related works that demonstrate personal direction and evolution of an idea
3d scanning and printing
Senior standing as ceramics major. students with previous experience in ceramics at an advanced level and post baccalaureates.
3D printing and scanning
plaster mold making
hand building and wheel throwing techniques
glaze chemistry and practice
gas kiln and electric kiln firing
Ceramics Handbook, Charles McKee, optional
Choose a natural or made object, 3d scan and manipulate the file, 3d print a model, make a plaster mold, slip cast or press mold clay and make multiples, arrange into a grouping as a sculpture.
The right balance of direction and independent work is important in this class.