Ceramics courses provide the opportunity to become familiar with the physical characteristics and creative potentials of plastic clay materials. Functional and sculptural assignments provide a vehicle for the development of hand building and wheelthrowing techniques.

The ceramics studio includes all of the necessary materials and equipment for instruction in hand building and wheelthrowing classes.  It has multiple kilns including electric, natural gas, raku, soda vapor, and wood fired. The studio also has pottery wheels, a slab roller, canvas covered worktables, a humidity controlled damp room, and separate rooms for storage and glazing. The ceramics studio is located in Building 5, Room 104.

ART154, Pottery 1-Hand building Discover hidden creative talents in this beginning pottery class. Learn fundamental techniques of working with clay, including hand building skills and working with texture, press molds and colored clays. Make functional and sculptural assignments. Decorating and glazing is also covered. Day and evening classes offered.

ART155, Pottery 2-Beginning Wheel Throwing Loosen up on the potters wheel fall term. Develop strong, basic throwing skills while making useful clay items. Includes shaping, trimming, glazing and firing pottery pieces.

ART156, Pottery 3-Intermediate Techniques Builds upon the wheel throwing skills. Produce lidded jars, teapots, casserole dishes and other functional pottery forms. Producing your own ceramic glazes and learn about firing and kilns. See the schedule for times.

ART253, Ceramic Surface Decoration Receive instruction in slip trailing, combing, and marbling, custom stamps, faceting, incised and inlayed clay, and many other creative decorating skills. These processes are valuable for both students with the most basic clay experience and more skilled clay artists. Techniques covered are applicable to both hand building and wheel throwing. Three credits. Prerequisites: ART 154, 155, or 156.

ART254, Low Fire Ceramics This is an exciting introduction to ceramic processes from the lower temperature range of the ceramic spectrum. This course is a blend of “low-tech” activities (raku, sawdust and pit firings, burnishing, and how to prospect and use local Willamette Valley clays) and high-tech processes (underglazes, overglazes, metallics, lusters, china paints, decals, and airbrushing). It allows students to experiment and explore, as they use these specialty colors and techniques to create their own clay creations.

ART292, Ceramic Sculpture Explore clay as a sculptural medium. Learn about armatures, texture, and surface treatments. Develop sculptural ideas using a theme based approach to subject matter and the design process.