BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    CE 225


    In this ceramics course students will use the topic of tableware, to research, design, and create place settings and accompanying pieces. Techniques can be selected from any combination of handbuilding, throwing, slip-casting or press-molding. During the first part of the course, students will explore the visual dynamics of sets. Arrangements and relationships of forms derived for specific functions will be studied and glaze choices and decorating options will be considered and tested. Students will also research a variety of artists that make dishes. After these initial investigations, students will carefully choose an appropriate clay body, technique, and glaze surface to design and create their final 4 place settings. Each setting will include a dinner plate, luncheon plate, dessert plate, soup/salad bowl, tumbler, mug or cup and saucer, and will also create an accompanying group of dishes selected from the following: serving bowls of various sizes, large serving platter, cream and sugar set, salt and pepper set, large pitcher, small pitcher, teapot.

    Prerequisites : CE 101 or CE 201.

    3 credits
    CE 241

    All About Surface

    This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to fully engage with exploring surface processes and ideas. The first part of this course will offer students instruction in a wide variety of surface treatments to encourage experimentation. Both historical and contemporary work will serve as inspiration for understanding how pattern, imagery and the luminosity of glazes enrich ceramic forms. Some of the techniques to be covered include: inlay, sgraffito, stencils, resist, glaze etching, decals, monoprinting, and china paints. Non-fired surfaces, such as various types of paint will also be examined. During the second part of the course, students will be given the opportunity to develop a body of work which critically employs one or more of these surface treatments. This course lends itself to pottery, ceramic sculpture, and clay figurative work.

    Prerequisites : None

    3 credits
    CE 250

    Slip Casting and Press Molding

    Clay is a very flexible material; it can be shaped and formed by numerous methods and processes. In this course students will explore the unique properties of liquid casting slip and plaster mold-making.. Students will be introduced to the creation of a range of plaster molds. Initially, students will learn to create clay prototypes from which simple one piece molds are made. Then students will learn about using more complex multi-piece plaster molds taken from other types of prototypes including the replication of found objects. The concept of “multiplicity” will be explored by using the molds to produce multiple singular objects, and then proceed to create complex assembled forms composed of many slip cast parts. This course will introduce a range of functional and sculptural forms. Work of contemporary ceramic artists will be shown to demonstrate possibilities and provide context.

    Prerequisites : None

    3 credits
    CE 302

    Ceramics III: Majors Studio

    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

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    CE 402

    Ceramics IV: Majors Studio

    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

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    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

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits. Major requirement: 3 credits/ 6 hours per semester.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits