The ceramic curriculum encourages students to become experts in the field. Introductory ceramics focuses on hand-building techniques and concept development. Students may then chose from classes in production methods, ceramic sculpture, or functional ceramics. The production methods classes introduce students to industrial ceramics, covering techniques such as mold making, slip casting, decals, and tile making. Students in ceramic sculpture classes are encouraged to take risks with materials and develop thematic concepts for their work. In functional ceramics classes, students investigate the influence of function on form. And, in advanced ceramics, students use self-directed study to expand on previously learned skills.
An active ceramics club—Club Ceramics—provides students an opportunity to extend their study to the community with activities such as organizing field trips to artist’s studios; participating in the annual Empty Bowls Project; leading workshops at local elementary schools; organizing ceramic boat races; and establishing a visiting artist program. Club Ceramics students attend and exhibit their work at the annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art in Davis, California.
The ceramics studio is a professionally equipped, spacious studio with plenty of natural light. Separate rooms house wheel throwing and hand-building areas, slip-casting area, glazing area, and kilns. Equipment includes: a complete glaze mixing facility, a Soldner clay mixer, Super Duper Clay Extruder, slip mixer, Slip-O-Matic casting table, mold library, and a North Star slab roller. The studio has fourteen Soldner and two Pacifica electric wheels, a Geil gas kiln, Laguna fiber raku kiln, and four Skutt electric kilns.
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