Ceramics: Beginner Wheel Throwing/Hand Building

This class introduces beginners to the fundamental techniques of wheel thrown pottery, and hand building. You will learn about the ceramic process, beginning with pinching, coiling, and slab construction to wedging and centering clay on the potter's wheel, throwing basic cylinders that are the foundation for vases, cups, bowls and more complex forms, trimming, making attachments, and glazing and firing at DigiPen's new well-equipped ceramics studio.

Weekly discussions and demonstrations will help you grasp pottery making techniques, appreciate the roles that form, balance, volume, surface texture, negative space, and color have in making a good pot, and develop your own sense of personal aesthetics. Students will practice skills during class through individual and group instruction and may improve their skills during available open studio hours.

Course Objectives and Topics:

  • Pinching, coiling, and slab construction
  • Discussions and demonstrations
  • Throwing basics
  • Complex forms such as trimming, attachment, glazing, and firing

Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Ken Turner
Tuition: $330*
Materials: Students are required to bring their own pottery tools to class. Tools are available for purchase in DigiPen's Student Store before class on the first day. Click here for a list of required tools.
Open Studio Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m.

* Includes one 25-lb. bag of clay. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase for $8.00 each.

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Ceramics: Intermediate/Advanced Wheel Throwing/Hand Building

This class allows those with previous ceramic skill to take their work to the next level, learning new and more advanced techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, glaze applications, design, and surface treatment at DigiPen's new well-equipped ceramics studio.

Weekly discussions and demonstrations will help you grasp pottery making techniques, appreciate the roles that form, balance, volume, surface texture, negative space, and color have in making a good pot, and develop your own sense of personal aesthetics. Students will practice skills during class through individual and group instruction and may improve their skills during available open studio hours.

Course Objectives and Topics:

  • Enhanced pottery skills
  • Advanced hand building and wheel throwing techniques
  • Developing personal aesthetics
  • In-depth exploration of balance, volume, surface texture, negative space, and color

Prerequisites: Intermediate to advanced ceramic skills
Instructor: Ken Turner
Tuition: $330*
Materials: Students are required to bring their own pottery tools to class. Tools are available for purchase in DigiPen's Student Store before class on the first day. Click here for a list of required tools.
Open Studio Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m.

* Includes one 25-lb. bag of clay. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase for $8.00 each.

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