CER 642 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours, Lab Fee $150
There are many psychological states and experiences that are best conveyed using images rather than words. In this course we will use ceramics to explore the history of image-based communication, from cave paintings to emojis. Each student will create personal symbols that convey emotions, ideas or mythologies that are difficult to communicate through written language, and will then use coil and slab construction to build a two foot sculpture of these symbols. Beginning students will quickly become accustomed to working large, and advanced students will be challenged to experiment and take risks with the material. The majority of class will be studio time interspersed with demonstrations, slide presentations and discussions. Topics of conversations will include abstraction versus representation, the roles of clay in contemporary art, and testing the limits of the ceramic medium.
Julia Haft-Candell grew up in Oakland, California, received a BA in art and international relations from UC Davis, and an MFA from CSU Long Beach. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She was the first Joan and David Lincoln Visiting Artist in Ceramics at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University from 2012-2015. She recently attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and teaches ceramics at USC and UCLA. She is represented by Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Los Angeles.