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Ceramics &

Sculpture 1

Students in Ceramics 1 learn the basics of hand-building, and basic sculpture techniques, as well as learning all about the physical properties of creating forms with clay. Students learn techniques with pinch, coil, slab, and introductory potter's wheel techniques in this semester class. Students learn the entire process of creating a clay form from workable plastic clay to a finished-fired glazed piece.  This class is for students wanting an introduction to creating artistic three-dimensional forms.

Ceramic coral inspired vase
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Kath Girdler Engler (1951-2014)


Paper Pulp & Found Object Sculpture

Pinch Construction

GOAL: use basic pinch pot techniques to create three (3) ceramic objects inspired by nature. 

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Coil Construction

GOAL: use coil techniques to create a large ceramic form inspired by nature.

Maryjane Carlson 

Tan Vase with Turquoise Throat

Coiled earthenware clay

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Soft Slab Construction


GOAL: Use soft slab techniques to create (2) textured pots.

Nancy Monsebroten

Hosta Bowl

Soft slab textured porcelain bowl

Linoleum printmaking

Luke Swain

Mountain Rainy Night

Limited Edition Lino Print

Basic Printmaking


GOAL 1: Use basic printing techniques to create an edition of three (3) prints inspired by your own drawing.

GOAL 2: Use relief printmaking techniques to create an edition of five (5) prints inspired by light.

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Firm Slab Construction


GOAL: use firm slab techniques to construct a lidded pot inspired by your own personality

Nancy Monsebroten

Hosta Bowl

Soft slab textured porcelain bowl

Firm Slab Basics
Intro to Potter's Wheel


GOAL: create two (2) finished pieces while learning basic wheel throwing skills

RESOURCE: Potter's Wheel
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Plaster Carving

GOAL: use basic carving techniques to create a non-obective sculpture


Capucine Safir

Narrow Soul

Carved plaster sculpture

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