Clemson University Summer Scholars

Functional Ceramic Design w/ Digital Decals

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This course is offered to rising 10th — 12th graders.

Hot Clay: An Introduction to Functional Ceramic Design w/ Digital Decals

Have you ever wanted to design your own functional objects in clay? The Clemson University Art Department two-week summer program is designed to help you explore your artistic talent and provide you with the tools to improve your skills or develop your portfolio in the visual arts. This studio-based ceramic course introduces a wide array of clay forming methods (hand building, slip casting and wheel throwing) to produce functional drinking vessels, bowls, vases, and more.  Students will learn an overview of the ceramic process from mixing clay to designing and fabricating functional objects, to glazing and firing.  They will also have the opportunity to experience our-state-of-the-art ceramic decal printer and transform their individual designs and drawings like a professional into permanent imagery and pattern on their work.

No previous experience is necessary - the Clemson Ceramics Studio provides everything you need including electric wheels, hand-building equipment, clay and glaze labs, and kilns.  Hands-on demonstrations will guide each student to learning the processes of ceramics. In-class discussion of ideas, informal presentations of visual inspiration material, and plenty of brainstorming/problem-solving will all be important elements of our activities.  Potential side trips include gallery or working artist studio visits.

The Hot Clay program is lead by highly dedicated, professional artists. Together, the faculty and students work to create an environment focused on ideas, craftsmanship and the exchange of artistic values.  Together we will build fundamental two-dimensional and three-dimensional design skills through functional and sculptural approaches with clay, while developing each student’s personal creativity.

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This course is two weeks long and starts at the beginning of Session 6 (July 20th, 2014) and ends at the end of Session 7 (August 2nd, 2014). Click here to view the schedule.

Tuition for this course is $2050.

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