This course is the major studio component for spring semester of the junior year in the ceramics major. The course builds upon the experiences of CE 301 and it continues to foster the development of a personal sense of direction. Through a structure of self directed assignments, Juniors learn to individually take responsibility for self directed work. During the semester students increase their vocabularies of skill and concept. Students also continue to relate their work to historical and contemporary issues. Additionally, students gain more experience in the operation of a variety of kilns and explore various clay bodies that are appropriate for their work. 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : CE 301
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 sigillata, 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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/ week. No prerequisite.
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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.
Additional Notes : May be taken by both beginning and more advanced students.
In this course students will experience atmospheric firing through the processes of Raku and Soda-firing. The nature of the kiln atmosphere in Raku and Soda Kilns create distinctive qualities on the surface of fired work. Students will learn to view the firing process as part of the creative act of making the work complete. Both Raku and Soda firing encourage the artist to create a dialogue between control and accident. Student will learn to engage their work in this dynamic conversion. The Raku process emphasizes quick firing and cooling. Raku also employs a post-firing process called reduction. Reduction happens in a controlled smoky environment that changes the clay surface and the glaze. The Soda-firing process is longer in duration. The surface color and texture of work is greatly affected by the soda sprayed into the kiln during the firing. In this course students will be engaged in functional and sculptural assignments. Students can use a range throwing and handbuilding techniques during this course. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.
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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.
In this course students will explore the nature of porcelain clay. Porcelain clay is noted for its whiteness and density. Porcelain possesses the ability to create a range of forms from thick and rock-like to thin and translucent. Originating in China, porcelain has an iconic status in historical ceramics and it remains a key material in the studio practice of contemporary ceramics. The course will cover both high-fire porcelain fired in a gas reduction kiln and mid-range porcelain fired to C/6 in an electric kiln. The atmosphere in the gas and electric kilns offer very different color possibilities for glazes, slips and under glazes. Students will become familiar with properties and qualities that are possible in these two temperature ranges. Both vessel and sculptural formats will be explored. Students will utilize a range of forming and surfacing techniques that will build upon the student’s prior throwing and hand-building experiences. Students will learn to organize both form and surface design to provide a coherent visual statement. The work of contemporary ceramic artists will be used to suggest a broad range of technical and conceptual possibilities. Students will be required to conduct research in periodicals, books, and online at the beginning of each assignment. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : CE 101 or 201.
This course is the major studio component for fall semester of the junior year in the ceramics major. The course fosters the development of a personal sense of direction, initially through structured assignments that lead ultimately to self directed work. During the semester students increase their 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 various clay bodies that are appropriate for their work. 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : Ceramic Major.
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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisites.
Additional Notes : Majors have priority.
This course is the major studio component of the fall semester of the senior year in the ceramics major. It is designed to continue to foster the development of a personal sense of direction. Students continue to relate their work to historical and contemporary issues in the medium. During the fall semester self-directed studio assignments, topical discussions, and readings from periodicals and books provide exposure to contemporary issues and encourage the students to develop a pool of personal source material. Visiting artist’s presentations and trips to galleries and museums augment classroom activities. Individual and group critiques promote opportunities for the thoughtful articulation of ideas and feedback from instructor and peers. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : Successful completion of CE 301-302.
Prerequisites : CE 401
This course is designed to foster each student’s relationship within the historical context of crafts through the study and application of contemporary practice and theory. In coordination with all departments, course lectures, field trips, workshops and visiting artists will be selected to assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a clearly defined personal and craft historical context. In addition each student will develop a more articulate understanding of their practice within a larger context of their specific discipline, history, society, and culture. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : Must be majoring.
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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 2.5 hours/week.\
Prerequisites : Must be majoring.
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/semester; 3 hours/week.
Prerequisites : Must be in your senior year.