This course explores the connection between ceramics and ritual, ceremony, and embodied engagement. Students learn and refine hand-building techniques, including pinching, coiling, slab construction, using press molds, and modeling. The class will begin with a series of directed exercises designed to get students fluent in the above techniques. Some of the exercises will address different methods for vessel construction, while others will encourage using clay more spontaneously and haptically. As we acquire more technical fluency, we’ll look at how ceramics has been used throughout history to facilitate ritual in settings from the domestic to the alchemical. The latter half of the class will be given over to student-initiated projects that combine craft with concept. To this end students will be asked to produce both finely-crafted, invested objects as well as more provisional, prop based pieces. This class covers hand-building basics as well as gives advanced students the opportunity to expand their practice. Artists with an interest in ceramics, sculpture, performance, and social practice are strongly encouraged to register.
Graphics of the Blown Mind
This course investigates the inception of psychedelic graphics and their relationship to the development of screen-printing as an artistic tool for image making. The class will explore the legacy of these graphics and their evolution and adoption by various arts communities. Various examples will be looked at and discussed, including alternative publications of the 1960’s, London’s Kelpra Studio, the posters of Tadanori Yokoo, the output of DIY print shops like Fort Thunder and Seripop, Magic Eye books, and much more. Discussions are meant as starting points for studio experimentation and to supplement demonstrations in screen-printing techniques.
Minor Aesthetics Construction Workshop: Cute, Zany & Interesting
640 PAINTING/ 613 FIBER
3 credit hours
$50 Studio & Lab Fee
This interdisciplinary workshop focuses on material image construction while exploring surface building techniques including collage, weaving, plating, coiling, decoulage, piecing, applique, macramé, and found object assemblage. Drawing from the writings of theorist Sianne Ngai, the built images will focus on the historically lesser adjectives of aesthetics like the “cute”, the “zany” and the “interesting” rather than the more popular “sublime” or the avant-gardist “abject”. We will use our interaction with materials to investigate the psychology of objects and our relationship to tactile images.