Ceramics / Intermediate Handbuilding for Function

This course expands upon basic hand building skills by introducing more complex applications of techniques and surface treatments as they specifically relate to making functional objects. Students in this class will learn to use a variety of ceramic production methods including; modeling, coil and slab building, extruding, press and slump molding, slip trailing, sprig and stamp molds and glaze decoration. The focus in this class is on the design of functional objects and ceramic forming methods. This class will serve as a platform for exploring product design methodologies used to research, design and develop tabletop wares and functional objets d'art.
Learning Outcomes and Assessable Skills
Class Meetings

Greenwich House Pottery
16 Jones St, 3rd floor back room, New York, NY 10014
January 06, 2017- March 24, 2017
Meets Fridays from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT
The first portion of each class session will generally include demonstrations and discussion format.
The second half will generally be used for project work and one-on-one consultations.


Students are invited to develop an independent project of their own design, which incorporates considerations of functional utility. Using design research methods we can explore not only how we make functional ceramic wares but also what, where and why we make them and who we are making them for. Your challenge is to design a new functional work and produce a prototype version of it. The goal of this exercise is to simultaneously challenge our selves with ceramic making methods and learn about the principles and methods of product design.

Recommended Reading and Resources

Methods & Movies

Sasaki Sensei from 松楽 (Shoraku www.kiraigama.com) in Kameoka, grants us the amazing privilege of showing all the steps needed in order to create a japanese black raku tea bowl.

Slab forming sculptural vessel by Jerilyn Virden.

Terra sigillata is an ultrarefined clay slip that can give a soft sheen when applied to bone-dry wares and, if polished or burnished while still damp, may give a high gloss. more

A short video demonstrating the use of paper or plastic templates used to support clay slab vessel forms.

A film by the potter Hsin-Chuen Lin, demonstrating spiral wedging, a technique used to prepare clay and remove air bubbles before you begin to throw or form with in.

A Film demonstrating how to create an agate ware vessel, based on an artifact at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Color Blending with Stains, Oxides and Opacifiers on test tiles with John Britt

Makers & Designers


Featured Exhibitions
Museums and Galleries

Faculty: Andrew Robinson

Andrew spent the better part of his youth growing up in a pottery as a young apprentice. He went on receive his BFA in ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. He received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has taught and done projects with the Craft Students’ League, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, Cooper Union and Greenwich House Pottery. He is the principle of the Arts and Crafts Research Studio acrStudio.com, an interdisciplinary studio specializing in independent and collaborative work at the cusp of art, craft and design. He exhibits extensively in the United States and he was a featured artist at the United Kingdom’s Crafts Council in London. His art has brought him to work on collaborations and exhibitions in England, Scotland, India, Haiti, Dominican Republic and across the United States. He lives and works in New York City.

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