Architectural Ceramics: Extruded Forms & Slabs

Architectural Ceramics: Extruded Forms & Slabs










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Using both the slab roller and the extruder to fabricate raw building materials, this course will focus on ceramic hand building techniques to construct sculptural and functional forms. Coils can be extruded for pinching and building, hollow pipe forms altered to become functional ware and ribbons extruded for tiles or handles are among the possibilities. This is a construction class with a focus on assembly and the attachment of various pieces to create the work. This intermediate level course will explore both geometric and organic forms and various methods of construction including jigs, templates and hump/slump molds. Basic ceramic processes including joining methods, darting, compression, scoring and drying will be covered as well as texture and surface treatments. Classes will consist of group and one on one demonstrations, work time and discussions of construction techniques, design strategies, working in series and glazing/finishing considerations. Students should be self motivated bringing project ideas and a sketchbook to class. All other materials will be provided. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Open Studio session per week.

Unfinished student work should be picked up within two weeks of the last class.


The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909


For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—synthetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.


All enrollments are subject to our REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT POLICIES. Notable changes to accommodate the uncertainty during the current pandemic include the following adjustments to our policies:

Students may withdraw from a course without penalty within 5 days prior to the start of the course. Exceptions will be made for students impacted by COVID-19; in which case, last-minute withdrawals will be accommodated with documentation of a COVID-19 test (confirmation of appointment) for the student or their household member. For any cancellation of a paid course, students can expect to receive a full refund, less a $5 processing fee, to their original method of payment. Please allow for 10 business days before the refund is reflected on your account.


SCHOLARSHIPS applications are available for students who may not otherwise be able to enroll in a course.  Additionally, standing sliding scale scholarships exist for QT/BIPOC students.