Class assignments emphasize the activity of making objects and the development of strong forms in clay. Students will be introduced to essential handbuilding construction methods including coil building, slab construction and press-molding. Class assignments reflect the diversity with the ceramic medium and thus students will be exposed to a range of functional and sculptural issues. Red earthenware is the primary clay body used in class assignments. Students will learn about low-fire surfacing techniques including terra sigilatta, colored slip, underglaze and glaze. The Raku process will also be covered. Examples of historical and contemporary ceramic work will be shown to provide context and suggest possibilities.
Wheel throwing is the primary means of making ceramic forms in this course. Basic and advanced throwing skills, material concepts, glazing and firing are covered. Reduction firing concepts are introduced as the students construct functional and nonfunctional forms in clay. Students also gain familiarity with artists who currently use wheel processes to explore contemporary issues and design. May be taken by both beginning and more advanced students.
This course fosters the development of a personal sense of direction with a combination of assignments and individual choice. As a result, students increase vocabularies of skill and concept. Students also learn to relate their work to historical and contemporary issues. Additionally, students learn the operation of a variety of kilns and explore advanced issues in mold making and slip casting. A combination of group discussions and demonstrations, shared and individual crits, and one-on-one dialogue further augment the growth and maturation of studio work.
Prerequisites : Successful completion of CE 301
In this ceramics course, the student will build upon throwing skills developed in CE 201 and/or other existing throwing skills. Complex forms are studied including pouring vessels, lidded containers, plates, platters, and teapots, Techniques of creating handles, knobs, and other appendages will be studied. Students will develop skills necessary to make larger forms by stacking and joining thrown sections. Students will learn to establish relationships between functional objects in a set, and will explore the creative potential of altering and manipulating thrown forms. Exploration of surface decorating techniques and glaze solutions will be included. Stoneware will be used predominately with an option for use of porcelain.
Prerequisites : CE 201
The purpose of this course is to begin the process of understanding the nature of ceramic materials and to familiarize students with basic understandings of various firing processes. Assignments and lectures emphasize the theory and practice of formulating clay bodies and glazes with the goal of having students develop a vocabulary of materiality and process for use in their studio work. Majors have priority.
Students develop a mature body of work in preparation for the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Students are offered the necessary instruction and support needed to pursue in-depth explorations of ideas and processes of their own choosing. Demonstrations, readings, discussions, and critical reviews continue the conceptual, aesthetical and technical development of studio work. Upon the successful completion of the senior studio, students are ready to begin their professional careers.
Prerequisites : CE 301-302 and 401
This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.
Prerequisites : Must be majoring