Ceramics

The Cermaics program serves nearly 500 adult students each year in a positive, creative, community atmosphere. The ceramics program offers classes on hand-building, wheel-throwing, raku, glazing, digital embellishments and much more. Students also have the opportunity to participate and learn from visiting artists during workshops that are offered frequently throughout the year.

Course Requirements

Students registering for ceramic classes should be physically capable of lifting up to 25 lbs. Intermediate and advanced students will be required to spend time outside of the scheduled class period to load, fire, and unload kilns (under appropriate supervision). Currently, students registered for an in-person studio ceramic class will only be allowed practice time on the same day their class is scheduled on. Open studio hours will not be available at this time. Students registered for online classes will have assigned times to drop-off and pick-up work from firing as well as for in studio glazing.

Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Class details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

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Ceramic Class Notes

Students must be able to lift 25lbs of clay. Tuition for all ceramic courses covers glaze materials and kiln firing; however, students should anticipate fees for purchasing additional clay, specialty underglazes, and some tools unless otherwise noted. 25lb bags of clay and introductory tool kits are $20 each. Clean up sponges are required and $2 each. Cash or check accepted.

Current Studio Practice: Enrolled ceramic students will be allowed limited open studio access—one (1) hour prior to the start of their class and 1 ½ hours immediately following the end of their class. Limited open studio time for students to practice will be determined at the beginning of the session; times will be discussed in each class. Open studio time is intended for practicing techniques and projects covered in class; no outside work is allowed.

Registration Information

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Ceramics Classes - Fall 2022


Course Description

Fundamental handbuilding skills and techniques will be covered including pinch pots, coil building, and slab construction with a focus on fun, artful, and utilitarian forms as well as surface techniques to add decorative elements to make the work truly one-of-a-kind. The class will work in low-fire terracotta clay and glazes; students will learn how to use these materials for the purpose of handbuilding. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Instructor

Lisa Nigro

Dates

Tue, Sep 13 – Nov 15 | 6:00 – 8:30pm

Location

Smith Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$320

Tuition - Friends

$305


Course Description

This class will focus on the basic skills of wheel throwing—centering, opening, and pulling clay into shape—followed by learning to form bowls, cylinders, and cups. Students will also learn to evaluate form and how form serves a vessel’s function while working in mid-range clay and glazes in the electric kiln. *See Ceramic Note.

Instructor

  • Section A: Lyn Woods
  • Section B: Michael Corney
  • Section C: Maria Gould
  • Section D: Ed Escobedo

Dates
  • Section A: Mon, Sep 12 – Nov 14 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Section B: Wed, Sep 14 – Nov 16| 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Section C: Fri, Sep 16 – Nov 19 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Section D: Sat, Sep 17 – Nov 20 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location

Wheelthrowing Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$335

Tuition - Friends

$320


Course Description

Students will learn how to design and layout a mini mural in tile form. Tiles will be produced using mid-range stoneware clay, which will be fired using cone 6 glazes and glaze applications in an electric kiln. Methods of display and installation will also be covered. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of one introduction to handbuilding or wheelthrowing course. Tuition covers glaze materials and kiln firing; however, students should anticipate additional fees for clay, specific glazes, and some tools. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Instructor

Marc Rosenthal

Dates

Mon, Sep 12 – Nov 14 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Handbuilding Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$335

Tuition - Friends

$320


Course Description

Expand and refine your throwing skills through the forming of bowls, cups, lids, pitchers, and the assemblage of two-part forms. Presentations and discussions will cover how to integrate form with function. This class will use high-fire Balcones clay and gas fired reduction glazes. *See Ceramic Note. Students should have completed at least two Introductory to Wheelthrowing courses.

Instructor

Michael Corney

Dates

Wed, Sep 14 – Nov 16 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Wheelthrowing Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$340

Tuition - Friends

$325


Course Description

Expand and challenge your throwing skills by creating larger forms demonstrated through two approaches—single thrown or multi-pieced forms. Learn how to throw multiple forms that can then stacked or reassembled into one larger form and how to throw large single forms using quick-drying techniques to stabilize the large-scale throwing process. Students who prefer to throw smaller 2-5 lbs of clay can use the stacking method to create a forms measuring 12–24 inches while students capable of throwing 5-10 pounds of clay will be comfortable throwing single forms of that same height. Clay and firings will be high-fire. Prerequisite: Students must have completed two throwing skills courses or be currently proficient throwing at an intermediate level. See *Ceramic Note.

Instructor

John Bogovich

Dates

Mon, Sep 12 – Nov 14 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Wheelthrowing Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$340

Tuition - Friends

$325


Course Description

Learn to take ideas from concept to three-dimensional form. Handbuilding is the fundamental construction method used to create sculptural ceramic forms. You will undertake a variety of projects that incorporate slab construction, round and flat coil construction, pinch-forming methods, as well as surface texturing. The class will work in low-fire clay and glazes and learn how to use these materials for the purpose of handbuilding and decorating sculptural work. Tuition covers glaze materials and kiln firing; however, additional fees for clay, specific glazes and some tools should be anticipated. See *CERAMIC NOTE.

Instructor

Michael Corney

Dates

Tue, Sep 13 – Nov 15 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Handbuilding Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$340

Tuition - Friends

$325


Course Description

Open to individuals who throw and/or hand-build, this class will focus on three methods of low temperature alternative firing—American raku, horsehair resist with high contrast, and vapor fuming in a barrel kiln. Burnishing, the making and use of terra sigillata, using oxides and chlorides as colorants, and copper wire for mark making will be covered with a focus on understanding appropriate forms for the different firing techniques and some of the various types of resists.

Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one intermediate level throwing or handbuilding class and must be physically able to pull their own work from the kiln using raku tongs.

Instructor

Lyn Woods

Dates

Thu, Sep 22 – Nov 10 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Wheelthrowing Studio | McAllister Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$305

Tuition - Friends

$290

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