8-week course, Sundays 4-6 pm, June 21-August 9
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 the earliest known traditions of ceramics around the world and how they developed over time. From the indigenous Jomon of Japan and the Uruk clay envelopes of Mesopotamia to the shamanic sculptural vessels made throughout the Americas, a wide range of material will be covered from ancient history. Moving forward in time we will explore the cultural impacts clay has on topics such as the empowerment of women in the history of Zen Tea Ceremony, to the activism associated with Wedgwood Pottery and it's involvement in abolishing slavery. Ceramics has always been rooted in a history strongly connected to the traditions of BIPOC 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!)
For those interested who want to make work while taking the class, we will provide one 25 pound bag of clay and the ability to fire work at our studio if you are interested.