Events

    2020 Oct 27

    Design for Tile

    Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Dec 01 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    6:30pm to 8:30pm
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    Location: 

    Online Event

    From our sketchbook to the wall, this class will focus on pattern design and the tools needed to make tile molds at home. Each week there will be a demonstration of making a tile with molds constructed with foam and simple tools. Students will be challenged to create a different tile design each week. For those students with access to clay, demonstrations of tile production with clay will assist the student in creating tiles at home. Students who do not have access to clay will benefit from observing the demonstrations and will have the tools to produce tiles once back in the studio....

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    2020 Oct 26

    Interdisciplinary Projects

    Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Nov 30 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    6:30pm to 8:30pm
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    Online Event

    Boundaries between mediums and disciplines have become less distinct and more permeable as image makers increasingly turn to sculpture and installation as vehicles for self-expression, and those making three-dimensional work incorporate imagery. This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of photography, mixed media sculpture, and installation. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work such as drafting

    proposals, making schedules, prioritizing tasks, selecting materials, and problem solving for site-specific...

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    2020 Oct 26

    Flameware at Home

    Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Dec 11 2020 .
    1:00pm to 3:00pm

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    Online Event

    Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects have been developed so the work can be made in a minimally equipped home studio setting. Both Flameware clay and glazing/firing opportunities will be available through the Harvard Ceramics Studio for the...

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    2020 Oct 26

    Wheel Intensive - On-line Edition

    Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Nov 30 2020 .
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    10:00am to 12:00pm
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    Online Event

    For those with access to a pottery wheel at home or those happy to observe, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. The instructor will provide demonstrations based on what forms and/or techniques students would like to improve upon during this class.

    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.

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    2020 Oct 24

    Visit an Artist: April Felipe

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    This week, we'll go to Albany, Ohio to visit April Felipe. April explores themes of personal history, identity and belonging through her ceramic work. In this 1-hour studio visit, April will invite us into her home studio to discuss her incredibly crafted sculptural work as well as give us a look at what she is working on now!

    Cost:
    Free for Harvard Undergraduates
    $25.00 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Staff, and Adult Community

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    2020 Oct 17

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Suze Lindsay—Form

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    During this visit we have the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! During this visit, Suze will be focused on demonstrating simple drop molds and  how to make drape platter forms/molds. Attention will be  directed towards resolutions for feet and rims. We will be creating new tools for our studio practice and all materials used will be shared with each participant prior to the event so that you can follow along with Suze!

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    2020 Oct 16

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Mac McCusker

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    During this visit we travel to Durham, North Carolina to visit with figurative sculptor Mac McCusker and view a demonstration of his work. Mac McCusker’s figurative work and narrative vessels document personal experiences and struggles as a transgender artist. McCusker addresses preconceptions and prejudices about transgender and gender non-binary individuals as well as about the larger LGBTQIA community by sharing personal narratives through self-portrait busts, small-scale figures, and sculptural vessels. 

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    2020 Oct 03

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Kent McLaughlin

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ceramics Program—Online

    During this visit we travel to the mountains of North Carolina to visit potter and educator Kent McLaughlin. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Kent will focus on thrown and altered stacked forms. Kent McLaughlin and his wife Suze Lindsay work out of their studio Fork Mountain pottery, featuring salt and reduction kilns.

    About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to...

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    2020 Sep 30

    Drawing Plants & Flowers

    1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Capture the beauty and variety of plant forms with pencil and paper in this online workshop with artist and educator Erica Beade. Participants will explore botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening and shading. Groups will be limited to 10, allowing ample time for individual feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

    Cost:
    $30 for members
    $35 for nonmembers

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    2020 Sep 26

    Drawing Plants & Flowers

    9:30am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Capture the beauty and variety of plant forms with pencil and paper in this online workshop with artist and educator Erica Beade. Participants will explore botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening and shading. Groups will be limited to 10, allowing ample time for individual feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

    Cost:
    $30 for members
    $35 for nonmembers

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    2020 Sep 25

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Lorna Meaden

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    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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    2020 Sep 15

    Mesopotamian Monuments Tour

    7:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

    Mesopotamian Monuments is a 60-minute live-streamed museum visit to investigate monuments from Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria exhibited at Harvard University. Guided by a museum educator, visitors at home observe sculptures in the gallery to understand the characteristics of these ancient river civilizations. The tour introduces the Sumerian ruler Gudea, Hammurabi of Babylon and the Assyrian Kings Ashurnasirpal II and his son Shalmaneser III. The experience includes the monument of Hammurabis' code and some ancient music with time for questions and discussion.

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    2020 Sep 14

    By Hand at Home

    Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Oct 19 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    6:30pm to 8:30pm
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    Online Event

    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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    2020 Sep 14

    Expressive Sculpture

    Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Oct 19 2020 .
    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    2:00pm to 4:00pm
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    Online Event

    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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    2020 Sep 11

    Preparing for the Harvest

    Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Oct 16 2020 .
    1:00pm to 3:00pm

    1:00pm to 3:00pm
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    Online Event

    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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    2020 Sep 11

    Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

    Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Oct 16 2020 .
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    10:00am to 12:00pm
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    Online Event

    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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    2020 Sep 10

    Plant Based Printing Processes II

    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Oct 15 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

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    Online Event

     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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    2020 Sep 10

    Fired Up Redux!

    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Oct 15 2020 .
    4:00pm to 6:00pm

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    Online Event

    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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    2020 Sep 10

    Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction

    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Oct 15 2020 .
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    10:00am to 12:00pm
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    Online Event

    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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    2020 Sep 09

    Fundamentals of Form Design

    Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Oct 14 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    6:30pm to 8:30pm
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    Online Event

    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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