Idle Idols: Small Ceramic Figures


Prerequisites: None

Load: 9 A.M. - 12 P.M. on Jan. 9, 11, 18 (Three 3-hour sessions over two weeks)

Time Outside Class: None

Special Instructions: Wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty

 Construct a miniature of your favorite character or creature using a variety of hand-building techniques. This class is for the creative person, as you are only limited by your imagination!
 
Class one- A basic demonstration of hand building techniques will be presented at the beginning of the first class, as well as a discussion of the general nature and physical properties of clay.    
 
Class two-Discussion of the chemistry of glazing, underglazing and chemical washes and the way that each reacts with cone 6 clay bodies in the electric kiln.  Students will glaze their pieces.  If time permits, the instructor will give a wheel throwing demonstration and students will be allowed to experiment on the potter’s wheel.    
 
Class three-Finished pieces are taken out of the kilns and ready for group critique, after which they can be taken home.  If time permits, students will be allowed to continue to experiment on the wheel and with handbuilding on the tables.