This class is a deeper exploration into clay construction, decoration, and firing methods. An emphasis will be placed on personal exploration, choice and development of voice. We will begin the semester with a review of wheel work and clay properties, storage and procedures. Following that review time you will be assigned a series of investigation projects. Most of these are very open ended and flexible but will have set construction, quality and research goals. Much of the sketching and research for projects will take place outside of class while you are doing studio work in class. You will end the semester by presenting a digital portfolio of you work and growth over the semester.
Unit 1: Review Wheel Technique:
We will start with a "pretest" day. I will observe you throwing to see what you retained and were your skill level is currently. Demostrations in basic and advanced skills and techniques will be provided based on the needs and skills of individual students. Articles and videos will be provided for remediation, review or acceleration.
We will also be doing an alternative firing this semester and hope that one of your wheel pieces will be going into that firing
wedging and kneading demo plus a little on weighing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAOPlz3Bkgs
Quick Video of a guy making 4 vases very quickly and quietly! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7gBRjx38DI
Same guy making a mustard pot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRQfX7aUPqs&feature=relmfu
assembling multiple forms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIb_VEIaJPg&feature=related
secondvideo in stacking multiple forms serires http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeDSmtyyLsg&feature=related
Split rim: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/wheel-throwing-techniques/how-to-throw-split-rim-vases-on-the-potters-wheel/
Throwing a large bowl: Lorna Meaden: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/wheel-throwing-techniques/how-to-throw-a-large-porcelain-bowl-without-collapsing-it/
Throwing LARGE: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/wheel-throwing-techniques/video-tip-of-the-week-a-tall-order-throwing-a-massive-vase-on-the-pottery-wheel/
Throwning off the hump; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPhA2BHKAMw
throwing a lid on the wheel upside down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bdTAGFaf1Y
Altered mug: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/wheel-throwing-techniques/hip-to-be-square-making-squared-off-mugs-on-the-potters-wheel/
Altered faceted bowl using a wire: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/wheel-throwing-techniques/making-a-homemade-wire-faceting-tool-and-a-wire-faceted-bowl/
Altered bowl: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/wheel-throwing-techniques/out-of-round-throwing-technique/
Altering bowls 7 ways: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKyQmdoGh6M
Square Lasanga Pan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL9yjUfDb7k
Brush work: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pKmaJDXqFow
Masking glaze: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FaXL9Z4STGwcom
Transferring a slip design onto wheel thrown or slab cylinder:
Unit 2: Design Problem #1- IT MUST HANG
You will be designing a clay structure or structures that is meant to hang from the wall, a support or the ceiling. We will investigate artists that create murals, wall sculpture, installations, mobiles, and much much more. We will investigate construction methods that may be used to create these works. Students will research and create a working model or sketches and construction and installation plans for the project. Finally the student will construct the structure.
iDEAS: This is a beginning point...you are not limited to any of these
Series of Tiles: Casting the same tile, making modular related tiles or making several that make a scene or picture.
Wall or suspended Sculpture: abstract, figure, still-life
Wall planter: single or series that can be planted in
Mask or Portrait:
Light,Wall Sconce or Lamp:
Unit 3: Design Problem #2- THREE OF A KIND
You will be designing a grouping of three things that are related in form, function, and construction. They might also be related by a theme or subject. Projects in the past have included sets of functional items (plates, vases, musical instuments, tea service...), Sculptures (fairytale characters, abstract structures, masks) or replicas from life (everyday items, buildings, clothing, animals). They have also been illustrations of an idea or saying such as "Birds of a Feather stick together", "3 of Hearts", or"3rd Wheel".
Unit 4: Design Problem #3- SELF PORTRAIT
YOu will be creating a work of art that is representative of you: realistic, experiencail, symbolic, fantasy or ideal. That means it can be a true realistic portrait, it can be about what you believe is important, it can be about an experience you have had, it be an symbol that my represent you, it can be a monument to you...endless. We will look at artists that use themselves as a subject matter.
Videos: Tom Bartel: handbuilt head and talking about content:
Unit 5: Design Problem #4- CEREMONIAL OBJECT
We will look at a variety of objects used for ceremonies throughout history. We will identify major events in peoples lives that are moments of transition that are commemorated with a ceremony. We will look into our own past, present and future to develop a personal cerimonial object.
Creating a Teapot: Functional Spout: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/handbuilding-techniques/how-to-make-a-properly-functioning-handbuilt-spout-for-a-teapot/
Unit 6: Portfolio
You will create a webpage that chronicles your work that includes photos, research, sketches or reference images. Record of techniques, glazes, and underglazes. You will evaluate your work and explain what you learned in each project. This should be done throughout the semester as you work on and complete each project. Final is a overview presentation of your work.
Raku Workshop at the
Des Moines Art Center in Spring 2011
Nancy Briggs removing pottery from the kiln and placing it into a can filled with paper ready for reduction
The last time this pottery will be white.
Ceramic Arts Daily : sign up for daily emails or like on facebook
AKAR: a design firm in Iowa City with an amazing showroom of national and international pottery
BLOGS and Podcasts:
Tales of a Red Clay Rambler: Ben Carter
Plate a Day:
North Carolina Clay Club:
YouTube Channels to subscribe to:
Bill van Gilder: http://www.youtube.com/user/vangilderpottery/videos
Hsinchuen Lin: http://www.youtube.com/user/hsinchuen
Simon Leach: http://m.youtube.com/user/sleachpots?feature=em-subconf-s2-chl&desktop_uri=%2Fuser%2Fsleachpots%3Ffeature%3Dem-subconf-s2-chl
John Britt: http://m.youtube.com/user/johnbrittpottery
DEEP THOUGHTS ON DIRT (Historic or ethnically cultural pottery or psychology of pot making...for pottery geeks)
Pete Pinnell thinking about cups: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WChFMMzLHVs
Want to know more than a little about Japanese Pottery? http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/whatiswhat.html