Classes taught at The Crucible
Clay is a material rich in history and possibilities for art making. The Crucible offers a unique place to learn the different ceramic building techniques of pinching, coiling, and 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. Functional tableware, vessels, sculpture, installations, and mixed media—the possibilities in ceramics are endless for youth and adults.
Try your hands at making sculptural and functional forms in clay. This introductory class covers the traditional hand-building and surface treatment techniques while pushing the boundaries with unconventional methods. You’ll leave with a solid foundation in working with clay and the ability to apply your new skill set to other 3-D work and materials.
Ceramics II is designed for students who have successfully completed Ceramics I and are looking to further advance their knowledge and creativity in working with clay. Students will learn advanced concepts in surface design and refine techniques, both in hand-building and wheel-throwing, to create more consistent, aesthetically-pleasing functional and sculptural pieces. Interesting forms, creative designs, and good craftsmanship are essential in creating engaging pottery and will be emphasized in the class. PREREQUISITE: Ceramics I
Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided during lab sessions, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours, however you must provide your own materials. PREREQUISITE: ceramics experience
This introductory class focuses on how to mix powdered china paint with a water-based medium, basic brushing technique, and layering of the paint. China painting is a traditional technique, appreciated for its dimensional images and delicate expression on a porcelain base. You will create your own design on a large porcelain plate. PREREQUISITE: Ceramics I
Making Multiples: An Introduction to Slip Casting Ceramics
Create Ceramic Multiples! Whether you’re interested in making multiple vessels or sculptures, this class covers the basic moldmaking techniques. We will make molds from existing objects and cast clay multiples using clay slip. The clay castings will then be finished, kiln-fired, and glazed. Your personal objects are welcomed, but there are size limits.
The Figure in Clay
Learn to sculpt the human figure! We will focus on anatomy and proportion, while encouraging you to push the limits of your imagination with abstraction and exaggeration. Students gain a solid understanding of the human form and the skills to construct the ceramic version of your vision. Prior experience working with clay preferred but not necessary. Live model present.
Youth Clay Critters
Explore clay as a sculptural material to create critters of your own imagination! Learn hand-building techniques such as slabs, coils, and pinching. We will cover several different surface treatments, traditional glazes and non-traditional approaches.
Youth Portraits in Clay
Use hand-building techniques to create contemporary busts out of clay. This class is great for students interested in sculpting portraits and taking their clay skills to the next level. We will also finish the class with raku, a hands-on firing technique using fire and smoke to create beautiful metallic glaze finishes.