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ARTS271 Beginning Ceramics

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Late Spring
Prerequisite: None

 

The aim of the beginning course is to guide students through a progressive understanding of the complex nature of the ceramic medium. The course covers all basic techniques of forming and decorating clay through a series of practical demonstrations, slide shows, and short lectures covering the essential theoretic information on the nature of clay and glazes. Specific assignments are given for each new technique presented. Low-temperature earthenware materials are used in the studio, since these are the ones that have been used in the Mediterranean area for centuries. Raku, sawdust saggar, and pit firings are also undertaken. When possible, field trips are organized to introduce students to local traditions and to contemporary artists’ work. Click here, to see the SACI Ceramics album on FlickR.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2015 - Section A (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Fall 2015 - Section B (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Spring 2016 - Section A (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Spring 2016 - Section B (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Late Spring 2016 (Lisa Nocentini)

ARTS372 Intermediate Ceramics

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Late Spring
Prerequisite: Beginning Ceramics

CLICK HERE to watch a video introduction to this course on YouTube.

The course is organized to stimulate students who already have a basic experience in ceramics towards increasing their technical abilities and towards creating their own personal vocabulary in clay. The course's aim is also to introduce students to the rich ceramic tradition of Italy and the Mediterranean area through the use of local clays and glazing materials. Students will be working both on the wheel, dealing with functional ceramics, and also handbuilding, working on projects that focus on vessel forms and/or sculptural pieces. Glazing techniques and firing processes are dealt with. A raku firing is effected in the Tuscan countryside. When possible, field trips are organized to introduce students to local traditions and to contemporary artists’ work. Click here, to see the SACI Ceramics album on FlickR

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2015 - Section A (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Fall 2015 - Section B (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Spring 2016 - Section A (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Spring 2016 - Section B (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Late Spring 2016 (Lisa Nocentini)

ARTS474 Advanced Ceramics

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Late Spring
Prerequisite: Intermediate Ceramics

CLICK HERE to watch a video introduction to this course on YouTube.

For those students who already have extensive experience in ceramics, a specific project is defined through individual discussions. All projects have an experimental and challenging nature and aim to aid the student in reaching a personal language in the use of clay. By virtue of the experimental nature of these projects, the works created inevitably overlap with other disciplines of art. Low temperature earthenware materials are used in the studio, since these are the ones that have been utilized in the Mediterranean area for centuries. Raku, sawdust saggar, and pit firings are also undertaken. When possible, field trips are organized to introduce students to local traditions and to contemporary artists’ work. Advanced students are required to assist in the packing and firing of bisque and glaze kilns and in the maintenance of studio materials. Click here, to see the SACI Ceramics album on FlickR.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2015 - Section A (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Fall 2015 - Section B (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Spring 2016 - Section A (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Spring 2016 - Section B (Lisa Nocentini)

Course Syllabus Late Spring 2016 (Lisa Nocentini)