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Ceramics Courses

Advanced Enamel Process

Course No. MET 352-452  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief | Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief | Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief

This course will focus on advanced and experimental processes with enamel. Processes may include but are not limited to: torchfiring, electroforming, grissaille, plique-a-jour, enameling on silver and gold. Advanced students are expected to continue their exploration of the medium, focusing on enamel techniques not covered in the beginning course. Students are encouraged to explore 3-dimensional formats and large-scale applications at the same time as mastering their skills in the processes previously learned. Graduating students are generally working independently on research and production of work for the BFA exhibit. Technical demonstrations will be based on the skill level of the students enrolled each semester. Prerequisites: MET245 Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief.

BFA Research + Thesis

Course No. CMC 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern

Core 5 is a hybrid seminar/studio courses for seniors with a focus on investigation, growth and verbal intelligibility. Each student develops their own criteria for a thesis and portfolio of work through research, exploration, and experimentation in various materials and media. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis are developed during the first semester with the final thesis due before the BFA exhibition and critique. The course includes field trips to museums, galleries, and artist studio visits to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice. The mid-year review at the end of the fall semester is an Environment- wide presentation and progress review, which also prepares students for the oral defense of the BFA exhibition in the spring. Required of all graduating Craft + Material Culture majors. Offered fall. Open to electives.

BFA Statement + Exhibition

Course No. CMC 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz | William Brouillard

BFA Statement + Exhibition is a hybrid seminar/studio course that builds on the research and thesis work developed in Core 5. Research, exploration, and experimentation culminate with the presentation of the statement and the BFA exhibition. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis and BFA statement are further developed during the spring semester with the statement and body of work completed for the BFA exhibition and review. The course includes field trips and artist studio visits to offer the students critical, historical, and contemporary points of reflection. The course also addresses the planning and preparation toward career goals including goals statements, resume review, and digital presentations by each senior. Required of all graduating Craft + Material Culture majors. Offered spring. Open to electives.

Ceramics Vessel Utility

Course No. CER 253-353-453  Credits: 3.0

This course will investigate the historical and contemporary forms of the ceramic vessel/pot. The dual nature of works that function, as receptacles for meaning and narrative as well as domestic work for the table or presentation will be researched. Construction techniques to be covered will include hand building and the potter's wheel along with a variety of surface treatments and firing methods. Open to all.

Ceramics: Advanced Handbuilding

Course No. CER 243-343-443  Credits: 3.0

This course will explore basic and advanced hand-building techniques to explore individual investigation of clay for personal ideation and concepts. We will make glazes, fire kilns and explore ceramic history. We will cover all types of work from utility to sculpture and its relationship to site and place. The class will research and test various ceramic materials, clay bodies and surface treatments. Open to all.

Ceramics: Alchemy of Fire + Clay

Course No. CER 244-344-444  Credits: 3.0

Students will explore and experiment with ancient and contemporary firing techniques, such as raku, pit firing, sawdust and saggar firing. Ceramic history of the vessel and sculpture traditions will be covered. Work will be fabricated using the wheel and hand building techniques. The class will work on drawing and image making using these primeval traditions to create their own personal idiom and concepts. Open to all.

Ceramics: Architectonic Clay + Ceramic Sculpture

Course No. CER 245-345-445  Credits: 3.0

Clay is an easily accessible material, which makes it ideal for creating both figurative and abstract sculpture. The use of ceramic material and construction techniques will be utilized to explore the relationship of form to space and the environment where the objects reside.

Ceramics: Image, Pattern + Surface in Clay

Course No. CER 202-302-402  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Brouillard

This class will concentrate on the integration of form and surface using drawing, painting, pattern and mark making on ceramics. We will use ceramic materials, print processes, decals and digital imagery on both two- and three-dimensional clay objects. We will research historical and current ceramic works and the technology of image making on clay to invent a personal narrative. Some clay working experience is suggested. Required of all Ceramic majors. Open to all.

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Amy Sinbondit

Amy Sinbondit

Technical Specialist/Adjunct Faculty

Amy Krusinski Sinbondit is a ceramic artist currently working at the Cleveland Institute of Art as the Technic...more

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