Ceramic Art Practices: Exploring the Role of the Object

Fall 2017
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Evan Blackwell
ceramic art, sculpture, visual studies

This studio arts program examines the role of the object in art history and contemporary artistic practice. Students will learn both sculptural and functional approaches to making ceramic artworks while combining 2- and 3-D ceramics techniques. This program is designed for beginner to intermediate students with little or no experience with ceramics and art history. Our introductory thematic focus will be on the “still life” object: how objects reflect and represent us, embodying our tastes, values, hopes, and identities. Through lectures, readings, seminars, and critiques, we will explore how humans have historically used inanimate objects to represent religious, allegorical, personal and political ideas, and how these objects and symbols impact our culture today. Through our own creative projects, we will explore the relationship between image and object and the role of the object in contemporary art.

Students will have opportunities to develop technical skills in ceramic forming, glazing, and firing techniques while learning about the history of ceramics. Each student in the program will create a series of creative works related to the object over the course of the quarter. This program is designed for students who have a strong work ethic, self-discipline, and who are willing to work long hours on campus in the ceramics studio.  It is ideal for students who have some visual art experience in any medium and would like to apply their previous experience to making 2- and 3-D ceramics functional and sculptural clay pieces. Students who fully engage in the theory and practice of this program can expect to leave the program prepared for more intermediate to advanced studies in the visual arts.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: visual arts, arts education, art history, and arts management.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

$80 for admission to museums and for ceramics supplies.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

First class meeting: Tuesday, September 26 at 10am (Arts Annex 2104)

2017-01-18New fall opportunity added.