Course Description

 

In this course, we will explore the medium of clay utilizing the potters’ wheel and our hands.  Our weekly class discussions will address formal aesthetics and the role of function in relation to utilitarian wares. We will talk about our experiences with vessels and with food in an attempt to better understand the specific and the potential use of pottery forms. Your mission is to develop your technical abilities and expand your understanding of the possibilities of clay by considering new ideas and challenging yourself in regards to form, function and technique. In order to do this, you may need to forget what you know and believe to be true about this material and the forms you will be making. You should be prepared to take risks, experiment and learn from trial and error.