Spring 2015 Classes

Spring classes go on sale on Monday, March 2.

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Ceramics Faculty

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.

Ceramics I

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Price: $315.00
Member Price: $288.00
15 Hours

Explore making sculptural and functional forms in clay using all the traditional hand building and surface treatment techniques, as well as push these boundaries and cover more unconventional methods. Get a solid foundation in working with clay, glazing and firing.

The Figure in Clay

This class is not currently offered.
Price: $370.00
Member Price: $343.00
24 Hours

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.

China Painting

This class is not currently offered.
Price: $375.00
Member Price: $350.00
15 Hours

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.

Making Multiples:
An Introduction to Slipcasting Ceramics

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Price: $290.00
Member Price: $267.00
15 Hours

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.

Clay Together:
Parent & Child 3-Hour Taster

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Entry-level. Child may be 4-11 years of age.
Price: $135.00
Member Price: $124.50
3 Hours

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 Lab

This class is not currently offered.
$15 to drop in (Cash or check. No registration required.)
Member-Only Price for Full Quarter (8 2-hour sessions): $96.00

Come play with clay! During lab sessions you can come in and hang out while working with clay. Purchase clay from the Crucible or bring your own with permission from instructor. We will also have occasional guest visitors, demos, snacks and drinks.

Ceramics II: Sculpture & Surfaces

This class is not currently offered.
Prerequisite: Ceramics I
Price: $310.00
Member Price: $285.00
15 Hours

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 not currently offered.
Entry Level
Price: $315.00
Member Price: $288.00
24 Hours

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.