Art 340 Ceramics
Cultural, Technical, and Hands-On Introduction
to the Production of Ceramic Art
Dr. Aaron "Wolf" Milavec
This course is intended for those studying ceramics for the first time and is a comprehensive introduction to the craft of clay working. Growth in skill formation and artistic sensibilities go hand in hand. The primary emphasis is on studio work leading to a portfolio of finished pieces by the end of the semester.
The main goal of this course is that you will be able to create as well as appreciate the expressive and utilitarian aspects of clay forms. You gain an understanding of how other cultures and periods produced ceramic art. Most importantly, you will begin to be proficient at forming ceramic art objects yourself.
Topics this semester will include:
Text: The Complete Practical Potter by Warshaw, Josie & Stephen
Towel (old, ratty)
Pottery Tool Kit & Fettling Knife (source: bookstore)
Dust Masks (2) & Masking Tape (1"wide) (source: local hardware)
Felt-Tipped Marker (black/blue)
Attend all classes, care about the work you are doing in class, see it through, visit the ceramics studio between classes to move your work along, help others in the class to succeed, keep the studio clean. The final grade is based on a portfolio of ten vessels showing your progress in the medium.
Participants would be advised to obtain a learning partner during the first class session. Minimally, such a learning partner would be willing to collect handouts and to deliver assignments in those instances when you are prevented from attending any given class session. Even if you do not anticipate being absent, you would do well to find yourself a learning partner such that, should there be an unforeseen sickness or emergency, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that someone is taking care of class matters for you without having to be notified.
Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning
of the semester.
Ceramics Monthly. 1609 Northwest Blvd., Columbus , Ohio 43212
Studio Potter. Box 172, Warner, New Hampshire 03278
American Craft. American Craft Council, 44 W. 53rd. St., NY, NY. 10019
Finding One's Way With Clay. Paulus Berensohn, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1972
Centering in Pottery, Poetry and Person. M.C. Richards, Middletown, CT., Wesleyan University Press, 1964
A Potter's Book. Bernard Leach, Faber and Faber, London, 1960
Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Daniel Rhodes, Radnor, PA.: Chilton, 1963
[to be listed later]
Resources on the WWW: The Ceramics
Web - Web page devoted to ceramics, based at San Diego State University.
ClayNet - Now hosted at About.com- Form of news, tips, techniques
[to be established later]
I expect you to work hard, to learn/create, and to have a good time (in that
order!). I also expect you to respect yourself, your classmates, and the working
environment (the studio).