Antioch University Seattle
Friday July 8, Sat. 9, Fri. 15, 22, Fri. Aug. 5, 12,
9 a.m.– noon. Sat. Aug. 6th & 13th 10:00 – 4:00
Jayashree George, DA., A.T.R.-BC
This is an opportunity for anyone
interested in working creatively with clay regardless of your experience level.
The instructor will demonstrate various techniques, some of which have
been used in cultures across the world for thousands of years, and are still
employed today. The focus will be on creative self-expression through
clay, and the exploration of optional low fire techniques. This class may require participation in firings off campus,
outside of regularly scheduled class periods (instructors studio, beach, etc.).
Class attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes and
satisfactorily complete all assigned work.
Failure to attend 90% of the classes for a course will adversely
affect a student’s assessment unless appropriate make up work is
completed. Failure to attend
80% of the classes for a course will result in no credit for the course
unless otherwise determined by the course instructor.
Participation in class discussion and activities.
Completion of assignments
Clean up, and consideration of others.
assignment: Write a
short paper related to primitive ceramics from another culture.
Biographies of artists, potters working in traditional –
nontraditional, potteries or techniques. Book, article, gallery, museum
show, or video reviews.
Late assignments: Assignments are to be submitted on their due date. If the assignment is not satisfactorily or thoroughly completed, you may have the opportunity to re-do the assignment. Credit is granted for this course upon satisfactory completion of all course assignments.
Students will be expected to learn the following techniques and
complete the related assignments by the due date:
Several examples of simple “pinched” clay forms (pinch pot) including “Ritual Rattle” and use of terra sigillata. (Due 6th week)
One example of a sand formed sculpture or pot. (Due 6th week)
Sacred icon figurine. (Due 6th week)
Representational Mask (Due 6th week)
Cultural Diversity assignment. (Due 5th week)
Create a “Personal Altar” combining techniques covered in class. (Due 6th week)
Totem or musical instrument. (Due 6th week)
Display a working knowledge of basic ceramic vocabulary.
Display care and craftsmanship in all work produced throughout the course.
Students will be expected to
learn the following techniques and complete the related assignments by the due
Week One Friday Class 1
7/8/05 Distribute and discuss syllabus. Make notations of possible modifications based on class feedback. If revisions are necessary, students will receive revised syllabus on week two. Explain studio policies, safety, and clean up.
Discuss ceramic Terms and Definitions hand out.
Discuss specifics on “Cultural diversity assignment”. (Due 5th week) Demonstration of making, and attaching simple pinched clay forms; constructing a rattle. (Due 6th week)
Inform students of meeting place at beach on Sat. to find tools and create a form using sand (assignment two).
Assignment one: “Create a “Ritual Rattle” and three to six small forms using the pinch method.” Bring these unfired, bone dry pieces back to class three (week 2) to learn about the application of terra sigillata.
Week One Saturday Class 2 (Time to Be Announced) Low Tide!
4/8/05 Meet at the beach! Beach comb for and collect natural or found tools. Demonstration of “Sand form” or “Stone form”.
Assignment 2: Create clay sculpture or pot using beach sand or stone
Two Class 3
7/15/05 Discussion and demonstration of terra sigillata application and burnishing effects. Demonstration of coiling method.
Assignment 3: Gods and Goddesses, Sacred Icon Figurines. Sculpt a small figure representing your interpretation of a mythical God, Goddess, or Deity of your choice.
Note: No Class, July 29th
Three - Class 4
Mid-Quarter Evaluations handed out and collected. Soft slab demonstration.
Assignment four: "Representational
Mask" Soft slab construction.
Work should be bisque fired (^012) by next class.
Week Five Friday Class 5
Greenware must be bisque fired to cone 012 by this date to sawdust
fire. Discussion based on mid-quarter evaluation of previous week. Hand
out directions to my studio. Stiff slab construction techniques
Assignment five: Create a personal altar or shrine combining three or more of the techniques you have learned. You may also use other techniques, and add elements other than clay. For example:
Feathers, branches, flowers, paper, candles, oils, etc.
Be prepared to talk about
your alter, your choice of elements and their symbolism. Did you discovery anything about yourself while creating your
alter? (Due 6th
week, Saturday, class 9 & 10)
Week Five Saturday Class 6 & 7, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
8/6/05 Meet at my studio for sawdust firing. Bring bisque fired ware for firing and clay for extruder project, totem or musical instrument. Prepare, load and fire kiln. Cultural diversity assignment due.
All remaining greenware must be bisque fired (cone 04-05) by this date.
Discussion and critical evaluation of fired work.
813/05 Meet at my studio for glazing and raku firing. Private, and group discussion of “Personal Altars” assignment. End of quarter Evaluations handed out. All assignments due.
Group critique of assigned and unassigned work.
End of quarter Evaluations collected by a student and returned to
Margaret Conley, Office Manager’s, box in the front office.
to the school of any and all types of personal needs involving physical,
emotional, and learning difficulties and / or needs related to the Americans
With Disabilities Act is the sole responsibility of the student.
While all reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individual needs, it is conceivable that some conditions and circumstances are beyond the University’s ability.