April 20 – June 29
June 29 – August 23
Youth Summer Camps
June 22 – August 7
- Six 1-week sessions available
- Cathy Lu – Area Head
- Robert Abrams
- Maurice Caveness
- Michiko Fukushima
- Celeste Flores
Clay is a material rich in history and possibilities for art making. Ceramics at The Crucible offers a unique place to learn the different building techniques of pinching, coiling, using slabs, in addition to press molds and slip casting with plaster molds. Students have the opportunity to explore different glazing techniques in low fire, high fire, and other firing alternatives such as raku firing. From functional tableware and vessels to sculpture and installations to mixed media, the possibilities in ceramics are endless for both youths and adults.
Please see the Class Index page here.
Explore making sculptural and functional forms in clay using all the traditional hand-building and surface treatment techniques. Learn to push these boundaries and cover more unconventional methods, along with glazing and firing.
Whether you’re interested in making multiple vessels or sculptures, this class will cover basic mold making techniques with plaster, from creating simple press molds to creating multi-piece molds for slip casting. After focusing on the mold making process we will then bring our clay through traditional ceramic processes of hand-building, firing, and glazing.
Labs are supervised environments in which you can practice and perfect the skills you learn in class while working on class assignments or your own projects. Labs do not include instruction or materials, but are great opportunities for informal tutoring and mentoring.
Youth Clay Critters Lab (Ages 8 – 11)
Youth Portraits in Clay (Ages 12 – 17)
Youth will learn the basics of using a lathe to turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle or bowl, including tool use and sharpening, and wood selection, preparation and finishing.
The Figure in Clay
This is the ideal class for students interested in sculpting the human figure. While focusing on human anatomy and proportion, students will be encouraged to push the limits of their imagination. After this class, students will have a solid understanding of the human form, as well the ceramic construction techniques to build their visions. Prior experience with clay is preferred, but not necessary. There will be a live model.
This class is an introduction to china painting. Students will learn how to mix powdered china paint with a water based medium and use different paint layering techniques to create beautiful images on porcelain. During this 5 day workshop, students will be able to create their own designs on a large porcelain plate.
Clay Together: Parent & Child 3-Hour Taster
In this three-hour class, parent and child pairs will create “animal bowls.” An animal bowl is a bowl that is shaped like an animal! Students will learn basic hand building techniques to sculpt their animal bowls, and then use underglazes to paint them. Based on interest and time, we can also incorporate using the potter’s wheel. These unique pieces will be food safe.
Ceramics II: Sculpture & Surfaces
Designed for intermediate to advanced students, this class will go beyond basics to explore all the various surface treatments and alternative firing techniques in ceramics. Through understanding all the different possibilities in clay, from using terra sigillata to raku firings, students will be able to further use the material to express their individual visions.
CeraMix: Mixed Media & Sculptural Clayworking
This class is ideal for those wanting to explore clay as a sculptural material for the first time and for artists interested in incorporating clay into their body of work. There will be a strong emphasis on hand building techniques (slabs, coils, etc.), mold making with plaster, and different surface treatments, with traditional glazes and non-traditional approaches. We will discuss how to incorporate other materials, such as fabrics, metal, and wood into our ceramics.