After researching patterns found in the Islamic art of the Middle East, you will be challenged to develop your own patterns and to apply them to ceramic wares that you make both on and off the wheel.
WHEEL THROWING: 1. Make a bowl; 2. Trim it; 3. Once bone-dry, it will be fired (if you want to make cut-outs or work with sgraffito, do that at the leather hard stage); 4. Bisque-ware will be painted using a choice of stencil, resist, and/or free-hand methods with glazes or underglazes; 5. Glaze fire
TILE MAKING: 1. Make an 8" x 8" slab tile; 2. Use incising, impressions, AND appliqué to create a unique pattern, based on your studies of Islamic art; 3. Once bone-dry, it will be fired, 4. Bisque-ware tiles will be painted with glazes or underglazes, 5. Glaze fire
OTHER: Experiments with various hand building techniques, including pinch, slab, coil, hump/slump molds, etc. Create an original form with a focus on PATTERN.
Guest artist, David Camden, will help with the specifics of wheel-throwing. This is a difficult skill that can take years to master - but with David's help and focused effort and lots of practice on your end, you will have the opportunity for success.