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Course Description

This course is an immersive introductory exploration of art and design practices in ceramic processes. Students are introduced to handbuilding techniques (slab, coil, and pinch construction), molded components, wheel throwing, and glazes. As students advance their skills and knowledge of the craft, independent explorations of both sculptural and functional applications are encouraged and supported in the expression of individual art and design aesthetics.

Learner Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of aspects of the ceramic process at an introductory level, including explorations of different materials, firing processes, basic glazing processes, and fabrication techniques.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of varieties of clay bodies and material compositions, including extraction processes and current and potential recycling methods.

  • Explore and demonstrate an understanding of hand-building techniques, including coil, slab, and throwing.

  • Explore and demonstrate an understanding of simple 2-part mold-making and casting techniques.

  • Leverage digital technologies such as the laser-cutter to create templates for the extruder.

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of glaze composition, chemistry and mixing, and common glazing practices, such as brushing, dipping, and spraying.

  • Research and explore ceramic processes and terminology, local ceramic history, and current ceramic creative practices.

  • Document and present the creative process and a finished collection of objects through sketches, collages and images, photography, and social media posts.

Additional Information

This course is one offering from our Parsons Summer Intensive Studies program. For more information on schedule, registration, and refund policies, see program details.



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Section Title
Ceramics (College/Adult)
M, T, W, Th, F
9:00AM to 3:50PM
Jun 03, 2024 to Jun 21, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SIS Tuition non-credit $5,145.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
3 units
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 07, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 03, 2024
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