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Ceramic Open Studio

This course is designed for students of all levels with an interest in ceramics. There will be demonstrations on using the industrial techniques of plaster mold making and porcelain slip casting throughout the course, however students are also encouraged to use slab-building and throwing on the wheel to achieve their artistic goals. Glazing and firing will also be covered in class. Students receive open access to the ceramics studio for the duration of the course excluding times other classes are meeting. Please note: all materials and glazes are provided, and all firings are included in the course fee. Emphasis: Mold making and Slip-casting. (18 hours) Price: $440

Raku: Primitive Sophistication

Raku is a low-temperature Japanese technique involving a very rapid glaze cycle; the work is placed into, and removed from, a red-hot kiln -- then quickly cooled. This provides a remarkable richness of color and surface obtained from plain or painted glazes contrasted against a gray or black clay body. Students learn this conscious return to the direct treatment of clay by formulating clay bodies, glaze formulas and firing a kiln. The historical context of Raku in early Japanese society and its role in modern society is explored through slides and lectures. Please note: all course materials are included in the tuition. (18 Hours.) Price: $305

Instructors

Bob Barry is a photographer, ceramic sculptor and functional ceramic artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. As a tenured professor and Division Coordinator of the Performing and Visual Arts at LIU Brooklyn, Barry teaches advanced pottery and sculpture, Honors classes and conducts specialized Raku and wood firing workshops. Barry exhibits his sculpture, pottery and photography internationally. He has had artist residencies in Tokoname Japan, Vallauris France, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock New York and at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. His work can be viewed at Bobosan.com

Doug Fertig is an Adjunct Professor and the ceramic Studio Manager at LIU Brooklyn. He received his Bachelor's of Fine Art from Alfred University in 2008 and a Master of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz in 2012. Doug has worked for ceramic designers KleinReid and Christopher Spitzmiller, exhibited his work at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ and while studying at New Paltz was the ANDRAH Merit Scholarship recipient. Whenever Doug is not covered in clay, he enjoys considering exercise and anything related to food.

Eric Jean has been teaching ceramics at LIU Brooklyn for over 10 years and specializes in Raku and throwing large forms. He currently is a contributing member of the Brooklyn Project, an experimental propane/wood fired kiln located in downtown Brooklyn. Eric holds an MBA in Business Administration/Finance and a BS in Computer Science.

To see the course listings for the semester, please go to the Program Schedule.

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