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    Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Lorna Meaden

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    Let's travel to beautiful Durango, Colorado to visit full-time studio potter Lorna Meaden. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Lorna will focus on thrown forms such as beautiful pouring vessels and the more unexpected forms like juicers! Lorna will discuss her surface techniques of incising and embedding color to enhance her forms that are then fired in a wood/soda kiln.

    About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their...

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    By Hand at Home

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    Join 2019-20 Artist in Ruth Easterbrook in exploring hand building with clay from home. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques. 
    *Session 1 class on October 12th will take place on Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day.

    With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like to review, these recordings will be available for 30 days after the end of the...

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    Expressive Sculpture

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    Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we can’t.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the student’s own studio or to the Harvard studio for firing. If time allows, surface techniques...

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    Preparing for the Harvest

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    Fall brings thoughts of harvest and all the ceramic vessels that come with it to serve this bounty. Join Denny McLaughlin as focuses on creating work for the table including lidded casseroles, serving dishes, pitchers and more! Both hand-building and wheel-thrown methods of making will be demonstrated.

    With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like to review, these recordings will be available for 30 days after the end of the course.

    Cost; Free...

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    Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

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    The Harvard Museums and the Harvard Ceramics Program have been close collaborators in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects for many years. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Teams of conservators, curators, conservation scientists and/or scholars from the museums of Harvard will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. Each session will feature six different presenters.

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    Plant Based Printing Processes II

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     Take your plant-based printing processes to the next level with this follow up course to the Plant-based Printing Intro class! Explore further the possibilities of printing with plants and using chemistry found in common household items. We will investigate the infinitely variable lumen and phytogram processes combined with non-traditional applications of chemistry you can make at home, as well as finding ways to take

    anthotypes and chlorophyll printing forward. We will meet via online platform once a week for demonstrations and students will then take what...

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    Fired Up Redux!

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    Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this new online course! This class will only be...

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    Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction

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    Make the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. Create paper prototypes out of cut, rolled, folded and assembled paper. Wet paper techniques such as embossing, papier-mâché, home-made paper clay, and silicone mold making will also be explored. Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions.

    With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like...

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    Fundamentals of Form Design

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    Join 2019-20 Artist in Residence Ruth Easterbrook as she guides students to focus on the foundation of all pots by breaking down form into its basic shapes. Students will use paper, scissors, and sketchbooks to then move towards working with clay. We will use paper to consider surface decoration, and forms built with templates as we advance with our form discovery. Clay will be an optional material and clay-based demonstrations will be included as a visual complement to class projects.

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    Plant Based Printing Processes I

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    This class is an introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, and other plant-based printing methods. We will meet via online platform once a week for demonstrations and students will then take what they have learned and complete that week’s assignment, returning for troubleshooting, critique and a new demo each week. Everything needed to take this course should be easily obtainable from the backyard, a nearby park, or even the grocery. This course will only be offered...

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    By Hand at Home with Deighton Abrams

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    Join 2020-21 Artist in Residence Deighton Abrams in exploring hand building with clay from home. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques.

    With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like to review, these recordings will be available for 30 days after the end of the course.

    Cost: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students; $300 for...

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    Independent Studio at Home

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    Independent Studio at Home is intended for participants in the Boston area who are not enrolling in Fall 2020 online Ceramics Program course, but would like to access bisque and/or glaze-firing opportunities at the Ceramics Program. This option includes firing and studio glazes for up to 10,000 cubic inches of bisque and/or glaze work for the 6-week session. Cubic inches will be tracked for bisque and glaze firings, and cubic inch totals in excess of 10,000 cubic inches will be billed to you at 3 cents per cubic inch. We are offering electric kiln firing up to cone 6, and...

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    Private Wheel Lessons

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    For those with access to a pottery wheel at home, Steve Murphy will work with you one-on-one on throwing technique, perfecting forms or challenging you to try new ones! A camera set-up that shows a view of you throwing on the wheel is required as well as access to Zoom. Before registering, contact Kathy King, Director at kking@fas.harvard.edu to arrange for a day/time that works for both you and the instructor. You will then be assisted in registering for the lessons. With permission of the instructor, additional lessons can be...

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    Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Christina Erives

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    Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

    This week, we visit the studio of sculptor Christina Erives! Christina believes that ceramics as material has permanence, it is one of the ways we were able to learn about ancient...

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    Visit an Artist - Salvador Jiménez-Flores

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    Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a discussion about their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

    This week we travel to Chicago to visit former Harvard Ceramics Program Artist-in-Residence (2015-2017) Salvador Jiménez-Flores. We are looking forward to catching up with...

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    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Dennis McLaughlin

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    Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

    You are going to flip your lid during this very special 2-hour event with Denny McLaughlin at the Harvard Ceramics Program in Allston, MA. Denny, being one of the few staff who have access to our facility due to COVID-19, will be working in our studio...

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    Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Paul Andrew Wandless

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    Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

    We are thrilled to travel to Chicago to visit multi-media artist, author and educator Paul Andrew Wandless. Our discussion will be around materiality and the...

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    Visit an Artist Surface Special with Suze Lindsay

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    Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

    We had a wonderful visit with Suze Lindsay in Session 1 and many of you reached out for a second visit to focus on surface! Once again, we travel to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only ...

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    Visit an Artist - Linda Lopez

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    Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

    This week we will visit the studio of prolific sculptor and Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics and Foundations at University of Arkansas Linda Lopez!

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    Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Nicki Green

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    Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

    During this 2-hour event, we will travel to San Francisco to the studio of Nicki Green. Nicki will be featured soon at...

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