Hand Building

Instructor: Suzanne Adams
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
No experience needed

6-Week Course Outline
This class will include instruction and direct experience with basic hand building techniques. Students will learn techniques by making functional and sculptural forms that are organic and geometric, with attention to surface decoration. Finished pieces will be fired and glazed.

In this six week course we will learn about: slab, coil, surface treatment, glaze application.

Class 1: Slab construction. Demo. Students will make a tray with attached legs and handles.

Class 2: Coil and pinch construction. Demo. Students will make spherical organic forms which may become vessels or closed forms such as fruit, animal heads, etc.

Class 3: Relief sculpture with emphasis on 2-dimensions. Demo. Students will use coil and slab techniques to create raised forms that are textured.

Class 4: Geometric and organic sculpture with emphasis on 3-dimensions. Demo. Students will combine geometric and organic sculptural forms.

Class 5: Glaze application methods. Demo. Students will apply stains and glazes to fired pieces from previous classes. Brushing, dipping, and pouring techniques will be used.

Class 6: Wrap-up discussion. Completion of works in progress.

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