Ceramics: Introduction to Hand Building

Come learn the basic techniques of hand-building and sculptural design in ceramics. Each session will include time for instruction, and for practicing new techniques. Concepts and theories of 3D and 2D design will be covered along with ideas of form and function. Let your hands learn to do whatever your mind can dream up!

What you will learn in this class:

  • Basic techniques for hand-building: slab construction, scoring, carving

  • Sculptural concepts including additive and reductive processes

  • Basic Glaze technique

  • Form and function

Required supplies for this class:

  • The studio fee is for the use of studio materials, glazing, and firing. You are required to purchase clay (available in school store) along with some additional supplies.

  • Hard fettling knife

  • Small plastic container for slip

  • 1/4-inch inexpensive brush for applying slip

  • 1-inch soft brush for glaze

  • Clean-up sponge

  • Needle tool*

  • Soft rubber scraper*

  • Plastic bags (the type used by dry cleaners)

  • Fleisher’s school store sells a clay tool kit that contains a Hard fettling knife, a small sponge, a needle tool and some other tools*

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10-percent discount on art supply purchases.