Ceramics: Intermediate / Advanced Handbuilding

Students develop their own ways of working; their own techniques and styles that have meaning to them; and with help, then analyze and understand their own work. The constant need to question, explore and pursue ideas in the studio enables the Andrew to create a classroom environment where students can be self-critical and take risks while learning new methods and ideas to challenge themselves. With technical assistance, students in this class will work independently on projects under the artistic direction of the instructor.

My Cup Runneth Over 100Porcelain, agateware bowl, with colored slip, and gold kintsugi, 3 x 7 x 7 inches

Class Meetings

Greenwich House Pottery 16 Jones St, 2nd Floor Front, New York, NY 10014 Our class begins on Monday, September 13, 2021 and runs until Monday, December 06, 2021. We meet for 12 weeks each Monday from 6:45 PM-9:45 PM.
The first portion of each class session will generally include demonstrations and discussion format. 

Learning Outcomes and Assessable Skills 

  • Develop an independent body of work in ceramics that demonstrates competence in hand built ceramic methods and a coherent visual vocabulary. 
  • Competence with a set of tools, methods and materials. 
  • Awareness of the importance for designer / makers to coordinate multiple, interdisciplinary tasks to achieve a clear objective. 
  • Reinforcement of craft knowledge and design principles through practice and reflection. 
  • An understanding of firing processes and the effects of different kiln temperatures and atmospheres. 
  • Demonstrate creative and craft research through material and aesthetic experimentation. 

Weekly Schedule

Week 1: Orientation, course logistics. Project kick off Discuss principles and elements of three-dimensional design. 

  • Demo slab construction, tar paper construction 
  • Demo surface treatments with slip and wax resist 

Week 2: Discuss inspiration and mood boards and research Individual meetings to discuss visual vocabulary and ongoing creative projects; considering form, function, context and complimentary materials. 

  • Demo slump mold forms 
  • Demo surface textures with sprigs and stamps

Week 3: Discuss creative research and developing a visual language 

  • Demo the formal exploration of shape, volume, proportion, and surface with coil and pinch forming.

Week 4: Surface texture and design. 

  • Demo Stencil, transfer, and drawing and painting on clay

Week 5: Discuss kiln types, firing atmospheres and cones

  • Demo creating a sagger fire box and clay with inclusions

Week 6: Building form and structure

  • Demo, armatures and modeling

Week 7: Color in and on clay

  • Demo stains, oxides, making colored clay 
  • Demo agateware, marbling, and nerikomi

Week 8: Surface color and design

  • Demo wash, slip, and sgraffito

Week 9: Surface color and types of glazes

  • Demo glaze application methods, brush, wax resist, dip, pour, spray… 

Week 10: Over Glazes 

  • Demo majolica glaze painting with washes and mason stains

Week 11: Other Finishes and Materials

  • Discuss and Demo after the kiln and glaze fire, surface and form explorations with other tools and materials, the Dremel tool, acrylic, tool tip, epoxy, metal leaf, assemblage, fiber, paper, etc. 

Week 12: For our final class we will take some time to look at and reflect upon our projects. We will also have an opportunity to document our work and take time to celebrate our accomplishments. 

  • Looking, assessing, and documenting our work. 
  • Creating a personal a rubric for aesthetic and critical reflection


Prerequisite skills for this class include: 

  • Wedging 
  • Basic working stages of clay: wet, leather soft, leather hard, bone dry 
  • Pinch, slab and coil construction 
  • Slump and drape mold application 
  • Scoring and slipping 
  • Basic glazing methods: painting and dipping
Related Links
Instagram www.instagram.com/acrstudio (@acrstudio is my personal account that I post work to) 


Topic: Ceramics