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CFA 2126. Medium and Materials Workshop: Ceramic Practice, Earth to Stone. 3 Credits.

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction into the materials and methods essential to ceramic practice. Clay forming techniques in all areas of hollow construction will be introduced and explored, including hand building, wheel throwing, extrusion, and casting in the creation of clay forms. A basic introduction to the range of clays, and clay bodies will facilitate the students understanding of the suitable methodologies in which to manifest their ideas in clay. The use of slips, engobes, and glazes will explore the role of surface treatments in the context of the skin and bones of ceramic objects. The final process of firing will be investigated and explored with the student being introduced to multiple firing techniques and the basic operations of an electric kiln.