5-week course: May 14-June 11, Sundays 2-4p
This is an online class via zoom. All classes will be recorded in case you miss any.
The tradition of ceramics dates all the way back to 29,000 BCE. The earliest forms were hand-built and took their shape by the hands of women in the vast majority of cultures across the globe. Shaping and firing clay for purposes of both survival and creative expression may very well be the deepest and widest legacy we have for exploring our collective past as humans. This survey-style class is an opportunity to gain an overview perspective of some of the earliest known traditions of ceramics around the world and how they developed over time. From the Silk Road and Chinese ceramics to the shamanic sculptural vessels made throughout the Americas, a wide range of material will be covered. Ceramics has always been rooted in a history strongly connected to the traditions of BIPOC folks and this survey will lean into that (and away from some of the white-male-focused histories many of us may have gotten in school!) BIPOC students can take this course at a 50% discount. Email email@example.com for a discount code.
Week 1: A History of East African Ceramics w/Dina Satti
Week 2: A History of Ancient European Ceramics w/Kelley Donahue
Week 3: A History of Pre-Columbian Ceramics w/Julissa Llosa Vite
Week 4: Individuals that made American Ceramics w/Kelley Donahue
Week 5: A History of Chinese Porcelain w/Michelle Wen
For those interested who want to make work while taking the class and are experienced potters, there is an option that will allow you 6 weeks of studio time, clay, and the ability to fire at our studio (but not greenware shelf storage in the studio).