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Saturdays, Sep 18 - Dec 11 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CERAM-0332 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $70


The initial emphasis of this course is to provide an introduction to the techniques of wheel thrown pottery for students with no experience, as well as those wanting a review. Fundamental aspects of wedging, centering and trimming are introduced and demonstrated, along with the development of cylinders, cup/mug forms, handles and bowls. More advanced students expand their horizons by making plates, teapots, lids and handles, and altered forms. Students also learn the intricacies of glazing and slip decoration as individual expression is further enhanced by the use of surface treatment. In contemplating form and function, students are asked to consider form versus function to realize the full potential of the wheel as more than a traditional tool for thrown pottery, and as a means to explore their personal ideas. Demonstrations and personal instruction, as well as digital presentations of the history of ceramics, form a vital part of every class.

  • Name: Rebecca Buglio (Bio)
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Wednesdays, Jun 3 - Jul 8 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-SCLP-1882 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $30


Students in this course learn additive form-building, as well as basic moldmaking and casting, and learn to make molds of varying complexity, from simple open-face molds to piece molds, rubber molds and blanket molds, and produce objects using each method. With technological advances in moldmaking materials and techniques, sophisticated molds can be produced, making it possible to create multiple copies of simple or complex forms in materials like synthetic stone, beeswax, rubber, fiberglass, polyurethane glass, silicone rubber, Aqua-Resin, foam and plastic -- all with little effort and consistent results. Demonstrations and discussions cover mixing rubber moldmaking compounds, releases and separating compounds, and concealing parting lines. Casting materials used are specific to individual projects. The technique is a valuable addition to all hand-articulated work including jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and product design, as well as the student interested in a new skill.

Applies to: JM-E

  • Name: Andrew Norquist (Bio)
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