Course Catalog - Maine College of Art

Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 Course Schedule

 

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    CE 101

    Ceramics Handbuilding 

    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.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    CE 130

    Mystery, Material, Metaphor

    In this course, students will be given the opportunity to evolve concepts that lend themselves to working with clay in nontraditional formats. Students might choose to use clay along with other materials or to use ceramic materials in innovative ways.  Students will investigate how materials inform and define concepts and how materials and process are used to carry meanings and history as well as practice.  Students will also be asked to understand how concepts can sometimes be more successfully realized through the use of clay along with multiple materials and will study the work of contemporary ceramic artists who explore the expressive possibilities of mixed materials.  Through a series of exercises and playful risk-taking, students will develop additional vocabularies of process and material, which will assist in visualizing their ideas.

    No Prerequisites

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    CE 201

    Ceramics Throwing - Beginning 

    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.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    CE 240

    Raku And Soda: Atmospheric Firing

    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 hand-building techniques during this course.

    No Prerequisites

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    CE 260

    Porcelain

    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.

    Prerequisites : CE 101 or 201.

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week.

    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 305

    Ceramics Throwing - Advanced

    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

    3 credits
    CE 311

    Glaze Chemistry & Kiln Firing 

    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.

    No Prerequisites

    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