Ceramics II – Clay Possibilities

Ceramics II – Clay Possibilities









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This class is intended to give the student a better understanding of the creative process and a fresh approach to idea development while reviewing foundation skills needed to control the clay on the wheel. We will jump start new designs by using a fast and loose approach by making many smaller vessels at once and trying many different variations of ideas rather than focus on the final sacred finished work. This is the class to take if you’ve already taken Wheel Generated Form!

In this class we’ll learn to grow from the messy! Creativity is a journey of many mistakes that can lead to a lot of unique clay forms. We will also discuss elements of 3D design like shadow, proportion and line.

Students will receive a complimentary 25 pound bag of cone 6 clay, but may need to purchase additional materials for their personal projects. All other materials and tools will be provided. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Open Studio session per week; either on Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, or Sunday evenings from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Unfinished student work should be picked up within two weeks of 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.


The Steel Yard offers scholarships in all of our teaching departments, which make our open enrollment courses accessible to students who may not otherwise be able to afford this unique industrial arts opportunity.