Ceramics

Curriculum & Classes

Class descriptions

Fundamentals of Glass-Kiln Forming

This introductive and investigative glass class will explore two distinctive methods of forming: flat glass drawing and reverse relief castings. The flat glass format encourages the student to explore with “drawing” materials of colored powders, fluxing, frits, stringers and sheet glass. The reverse casting is more complex, as a basic knowledge of sculpting, mold-making and strong technical skills is recommended. In both investigative components, each student will be encouraged to develop a technical understanding of material, equipment and firing cycles as well as to demonstrate a strong work ethic and a passionate pursuit for investigating personal artistic strengths and goals throughout the semester.

Plaster Mold Technology and the Human Figure

In this interdisciplinary elective, students will explore the mold technology of plaster and include investigations of various casting materials (porcelain, terra cotta and paper clays, alginate, industrial rubber, flex foams, and latex). The figurative format will include casting human body parts and referencing the model in figurative studies and interpretations. Firing technologies of atmospheric salt, low-temperature electric, and reduction glaze kilns will offer an embellishment format for the figure investigation.

Large Scale Self-Portrait Bust

An investigative elective to explore the construction of large-scale figurative portraits. Plaster press-mold and technology and the spray application of paper clay will be the primary constructive methods. Each student will explore a color palette of glazed earthenware, china paint, and possibly paint. An open range of firing choices include atmospheric salt, organic sagger, and terra cotta range color glaze firings. Each student is expected to investigate the portrait of self and its relationship to scale. Personal investigation combining drawing, painting, carving, etching, and sandblasting are creative tools of choice.

DISH

Students will work in conjunction with an executive chef in a restaurant within the greater Kansas City area to design tableware and serving dishes in accordance with a specific menu and presentation. A variety of clays will be explored to produce aesthetically thoughtful, creative, and functional serving pieces that augment food presentation and restaurant atmosphere. This class will include a variety of forming processes geared to accommodate a variety of student levels, throwing, press molding, beginning to advanced molding and casting processes, as well as hand building techniques. Surface embellishment will appeal to a variety of artists as we explore painterly decoration and imagery as it pertains to three-dimensional form. Resists, drawing and engraving into the surface of the clay, china paints, and decals will further develop the ceramic surface. Firing in oxidation, reduction and atmospheric kilns will provide an understanding of several firing processes. In combination with the chef, we will engage in research, design and critique.

Class schedules and course requirements

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