This 5 week course will cover the basic clay skills of pinch,
slab, coil, and wheel forming. We will also cover modeling methods and
decoration styles. The class will concentrate on the completion of two
projects from beginning hand forming to finish firing. The firing costs
of two (2) projects are included in the course. Additional firing may be
arranged on a .02 cents per cu. in. basis.
Introduction to pottery, clays and glazes, the definitions of
earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, low and high firings with
samples. We will cover the syllabus. Introduce and demonstrate the earliest
pottery methods of pinch, slab and coil pots small and large as
well as the issue of lead. This class covers the basic principles of
score and slip, to attach together pieces of clay successfully to form a
larger more complex piece.
Introduction and demonstration of wheel thrown method. Class will
begin to throw on the wheel one by one. During each students' wheel
efforts the rest of the class will finish project 1.
Project 1 is due for drying and bisque firing.
Wheel throwing continues until each student has had a chance and has
saved a piece. I will cover greenware decoration methods using engobes
with sgraffito and the bag trailing method.
We will finish project 2, ready to be bisqed. I will cover stain and
glaze techniques on bisque (project 1) and the students will apply them
to their work. Displaying the finished projects will be covered.
This is a final where the finished projects are identified and
displayed in an art show setting of the students' creation. Each student
will be asked to explain the manufacture method and decoration
techniques of their works to the class. County Fair
entry applications will be available to interested students.
Refreshments will be served.