Ceramics studios (introduction to advanced) introduce the fundamentals of ceramics within a technical, historical and conceptual context. Emphasis will be placed on the student gaining an extensive physical vocabulary for working with this medium. During this course students will be continuously honing problem-solving skills with assignments that address issues of site, context, functionality, process, psychology and aesthetics.

Throughout the semester both individually, and as a class, through work produced and discussions generated from it the meaning of such terms as process, utility, vessel, structure, nomadic, permanent and others will be re-defined.

Whereas this is a studio-oriented class with a strong physical basis this class will be examining these issues via readings, slides, visiting artists, student presentations, and other material. Participation for readings, critiques and general discussions is a mandatory component of this course.