Courses

Curriculum

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Courses

Fall Semester 2014
  • CER-4175

    ADVANCED POTTERY & CERAMIC PRODUCTION

    Credits: 3.00

    Students in this class will learn to use a variety of ceramic production methods techniques including; molding, pressing, extruding, and giggering, to design and make small pottery editions. The focus is the design and perfection of the objects made and methods used. This class will also serve as a platform for inviting visiting artists to make small editions using our production facilities.
    Major requirement; Ceramic majors
    Registration by Ceramic department, course not available via web registration
    Available to nonmajors with department permission
  • CER-4129

    CERAMIC SCULPTURE

    Credits: 3.00

    The course explores an extensive range of sculptural possibilities for ceramics through the theme of sampling. Students transform found shapes, images or objects, borrow and mix cultural information and contemporary art. The emphasis is on experimentation and development of personal ideas. Designed for students at an advanced level, using clay as a primary material and involving a variety of processes and forming methods.
    Major requirement; Ceramic majors
    Registration by Ceramic department, course not available via web registration
    Available to nonmajors as elective for 3 credits by petition and/or permission of department head
  • CER-4117

    DRAWING TAKES FORM

    Credits: 3.00

    Drawing is explored through ceramic techniques. This class serves to enhance the artist's perceptions relative to what drawing can become through the exploration of surface becoming form, and form mediated by surface. Drawing can be premeditation and drawing can be realization.
  • CER-410G

    FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDIO CERAMICS

    Credits: 9.00

    In the first semester, graduate students begin their investigation and produce clay works that allow the faculty to assess their approach and capabilities. Students are available and pursue active contact with the faculty. Students also attend supplemental department presentations.
    Graduate major requirement; Ceramics majors only
    Registration by Ceramics department, not available via web registration
  • CER-4121

    OBJECT AS IDEA IN CLAY

    Credits: 3.00

    An exploration and development of personal ideas and vision with their materialization in clay. An introduction to the techniques of handbuilding focusing on clay as a sculptural medium.
    Major requirement for Ceramic majors, Non-majors on a space available basis
  • CER-412G

    SECOND YR.GRAD STUDIO CERAMICS

    Credits: 9.00

    Continued exploration begun during the first year leads to the presentation of a thesis project. Students work during class hours to ensure daily contact with faculty.
    Graduate major requirement; Ceramics majors only
    Registration by Ceramics department, not available via web registration
  • CER-4197

    SEMINAR: SOURCE PRESENTATION

    Credits: 3.00

    This class helps you to develop the vocabulary of concepts relating your work to your sources. A number of exercises are undertaken culminating in a presentation of your ideas.
    Major requirement
    Non-majors on a space available basis
    Permission of department Required
    Registration by Ceramic department, course not available via web registration
  • CER-413G

    SEMINAR: SOURCE PRESENTATION

    Credits: 3.00

    This course helps the Ceramics graduate student develop a vocabulary of concepts concerning their works in clay. A slide presentation is made by each student concerning the relationship between an artist's resources, historical precedent and works in clay for class discussion.
    Graduate major requirement
    Non-majors on a space available basis
    Permission of department Required
    Registration by Ceramics department, not available via web registration
  • CER-4116

    SENIOR TUTORIAL STUDIO

    Credits: 6.00

    In the beginning of your fourth year you work independently with a ceramic faculty tutor to develop your individual degree project. Your project is expected to be a body of ceramic work that is unified in direction, significant in its degree of growth, innovative in its resolution, and personal in its expression.
    Major requirement; Ceramic majors only
    Registration by Ceramic department, course not available via web registration
  • CER-4103

    SLIPCAST CERAMIC OBJECT

    Credits: 3.00

    In this class we will utilize an industrial approach and integrate it with a fine art sensibility. Students will learn how to make molds and prototypes; produce porcelain casting slip; strategies in casting; traditional and non-traditional surface applications. Course projects will focus on non-functional concepts, and a site-specific final project.
    Many tools are supplied, however,students are required to purchase a tool kit to supplement those already on hand. Major requirement
  • CER-416G

    TOPIC IN CERAMIC MATERIAL SCIENCE:GRAD

    Credits: 3.00

    A seminar exploring ceramic method and expression from technical perspectives. A study of raw materials including clay, clay bodies, and glaze calculation. The focus is the connection between technical development, and aesthetic expression. In-depth independent research required. A materials diary kept.
    Graduate major requirement
    Non-majors on a space available basis
    Permission of department Required
    Registration by Ceramics department, not available via web registration
  • CER-4115

    TOPICS IN CERAMIC HISTORY

    Credits: 3.00

    A seminar exploring idea, method, and expression as found in the history of ceramic art. The focus is the potential connection between historical awareness and the development of your own work. Independent research is required.
    Major requirement; Available to non-majors as an elective on a space available basis with permission of department.
    Registration by Ceramic department,course not available via web registration.
  • CER-417G

    TOPICS IN CERAMIC HISTORY: GRADUATE

    Credits: 3.00

    A seminar exploring ceramic method and expression from historical and contemporary perspectives. The focus is the connection between historical awareness, and aesthetic expression in the student's work. In-depth independent research required.
    Graduate major requirement
    Non-majors on a space available basis
    Permission of department Required
    Registration by Ceramics department, not available via web registration
  • CER-4114

    TOPICS IN CERAMIC MATERIAL SCIENCE

    Credits: 3.00

    A seminar exploring ceramic idea, method, and expression in ceramic art from the technical perspective. Raw materials, clay bodies, glazes and glaze calculation are studied. The potential connection between technical understanding and the fulfillment of your vision and aesthetic expression is examined. Independent research is required.
    Sophomore, major requirement; Available to non-majors as an elective on a space available basis with permission of department.
    Registration by Ceramic department,course not available via web registration.
Wintersession 2015
  • CER-4109

    *JAPAN: CLAY IN JAPAN

    Credits: 3.00

    Japan offers a unique laboratory to study both by observation and hands-on experience the influence of culture, geography, and geology on the growth and development of material art. The focus will be ceramics.

    The five-week experience is essentially divided into two distinctly different but related parts, each of which provides a structured learning environment with very particular outcomes:

    The first part of the course will essentially concentrate on the development of a personal sketchbook / journal through a temple stay and visits to contemporary and historical sites of production and studios in central Japan. Important architectural sites, both old and new, from Okayama to Kyoto and Nara will be visited. An interim review of the sketchbooks will concentrate on the interpretation of the accumulated drawings from each student into a spatial object or objects to be fired in the kilns of the Kuramaki Studio in central Nara Prefecture. Although this process will be the focus of the latter part of the Wintersession there will be ample opportunity for further visits in the historically significant region surrounding the studio.

    The course will culminate with a documented exhibition of the "Clay in Japan", in Japan.
    Permission of instructor required.
    Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.
    Estimated Travel Cost: $4036.00, airfare not included.
    ***Off-campus Study***
  • CER-4099

    CERAMIC FORM AND SURFACE

    Credits: 3.00

    2D vs. 3D, form vs. surface. Investigation of how form suggests the surface and how surface can redefine the form. Various hand building and decorative processes are used.

    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
  • CER-W403

    HANDS & WHEELS

    Credits: 3.00

    Introduction to the techniques and potential of wheel thrown pottery and handbuilt forms. We will aggressively move through the basic techniques of wheel throwing and handbuilding in an effort to realize and generate student ideas in clay. The ultimate goal will then be to critically examine form and function, surface and volume in an effort to create fresh and vibrant work.
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • CER-W40G

    WRITTEN THESIS 2ND YR. GRADS

    Credits: 3.00

    The purpose of this course is to prepare a written thesis. You will be required to develop an outline, bibliography, and first and second drafts. Completion and presentation will be during the following spring semester.
    This course is reserved for and required of Second-year MFA Ceramics majors.
    Schedule individually arranged with instructor.
Spring Semester 2015
  • CER-4025

    CERAMIC SCULPTURE:NON-MAJORS

    Credits: 3.00

    Ceramic Sculpture will cover a range of concepts, traditions and techniques that are specific to the disciplines of both ceramics and sculpture.
    Projects will revolve around the topics of space, structure and form. Techniques and processes including hand building, surface treatment and glazes will be covered.
    Clay is a very subtle medium and when one works in clay there is an exchange between the medium and the self. Through making, your skills will become more developed giving you a higher sense of confidence with the medium while allowing for more control over the objects you wish to realize. Students will approach these dynamics through installation, large construction and small-scale object making.
  • CER-4106

    CLAY IN CONTEXT: SPECIAL PROJECT

    Credits: 3.00

    In this class you will find a site, a venue, a place from which your investigations will spring. Working from the tradition and need of tableware; or architectural ornamentation; or public art, you will attach your personal expressive needs and vision to uses outside of the studio. Creative and inventive individual solutions arestressed. All ceramic techniques and processes appropriate may be used. Collaboration is encouraged. This is for advanced students.
    Major requirement; Ceramic majors for 6 credits
    Available to nonmajors as elective, NMSE 4106, for 3 credits Department permission required
  • CER-4132

    FIGURE MODELING

    Credits: 3.00

    A posed model will serve as the visual base from which students will compose and articulate 3-dimensional form in clay. Class projects include a series of small standing figures, a portrait, and a series of larger figures or large fragments of figures. Students will learn to build armatures and use clay modeling tools effectively. Outside assignments include skull study, a hand study and drawings from figurative sculpture found in and around Providence. Strong emphasis is given both to whole sight and to abstraction of essentials - proportion, spatial relationship, and axial orientation.
    Sophomore, major requirement; Ceramic majors only
    Registration by Ceramic department, course not available via web registration
    Available to nonmajors as elective
  • CER-411G

    FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDIO CERAMICS

    Credits: 6.00

    The second semester is a development of the ideas and work begun in the first. Students are available and pursue active contact with the faculty. Students also attend supplemental department presentations.
    Graduate major requirement; Ceramics majors only
    Registration by Ceramics department, not available via web registration
  • CER-415G

    GRADUATE THESIS, CERAMICS

    Credits: 3.00

    Continued exploration begun during the first year leads to the presentation of a thesis project. Students work during class hours to ensure daily contact with faculty.
    Graduate major requirement; Ceramics majors only
    Registration by Ceramics department, not available via web registration
  • CER-4108

    POTTERY

    Credits: 3.00

    Students explore the pottery making processes of throwing, jiggering, extruding, casting, and pressing. They test and experiment creating the ceramic surfaces from a variety of high temperature glaze and firing techniques. They establish and challenge the creative and expressive potentials of utility.
    Major requirement, Ceramics majors only
    Registration by Ceramics department, course not available via web registration
    Nonmajors as elective with permission by department required
  • CER-4198

    SENIOR THESIS

    Credits: 6.00

    The second semester is a continuation of the senior degree project begun in the Fall. The work and ideas are further developed and refined for final presentation at the Woods-Gerry Gallery.
    Major requirement; Ceramic majors only
    Registration by Ceramic department, course not available via web registration
  • CER-4122

    TABLEWARE

    Credits: 3.00

    From altering ready-made ceramic objects with your own digitally printed decals to learning how to make ceramic objects of your own design using basic wheel-throwing, hand-building and slip-casting techniques, we will explore tableware from formal to informal-historic to contemporary. This course is designed to introduce utilitarian ceramics as a medium to majors in other disciplines as well as challenge ceramics majors in their own medium. The course emphasis is hands-on projects using both traditional and non-traditional ceramic techniques. Additionally there will be assigned readings, lectures and independent research projects. Work is regularly reviewed in individual and group critiques.
    Elective for Ceramic majors
    Available to nonmajors with department permission required
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