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Experiments and Expression in Clay

Mondays, 7pm - 10pm, 14 weeks
January 8 through April 15


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$400 includes materials and firing.

Students will explore various methods of forming to make both functional and expressive works. We will work through many building methods, such as coiling, pinching, slab building, wheel throwing, and experimental building methods. The surface concerns of communication, coloration, linear delineation and texture will be explored through parallel material analysis and application of slip, glaze and oxide. Slide lectures, readings, and hands-on study of actual works will augment the instructor's efforts to help student evaluate the motive and relevance of their own work. No prior ceramic experience is needed for this course. Open-mindedness, willingness to experiment with different techniques and materials are all that are necessary!

Jamie Barker is an Ohio native, and received a BFA from Ohio University in 2012, and an MFA from Alfred University in 2016. He has exhibited throughout the United States, curated ceramic exhibitions, and taught at Alfred University and The Ohio State University. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, with his partner Kelsey, and their dog Abilene. His work primarily consists of installations, sculpture, and functional objects for the home. His material interests span the gamut, including but not limited to ceramic, fibers, found objects, digital print, wood, projection, light. His work is informed by notions of longing for place, western mythologies, and home-made utopias. To see more of Jamie's work visit http://www.jamespbarker.com/

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