All levels of ceramics are taught by Amy Hauber, Associate Professor, who explains:
"At St. Lawrence, studio ceramics courses are a combination of historic and contemporary clay art practices. I always attempt to strike a balance between technical craft and conceptual development with my students and am aware that, in many ways, the world of ceramic art has been burdened by an overly nostalgic tie to it's own history.
In a beginning course, students can expect to learn the basics of clay and it's history, mixing clay, firing techniques and various surface treatments (both ceramic and non-ceramic). Hand building and idea development is emphasized but we also pursue to a lesser extent other aspects of ceramic art such as wheel throwing and raku firing.
Advanced coursework includes semester long investigation into technical sub-specialties in ceramics: mold work, slip casting, glaze work, modeling the figure in clay, mixed media and installation work.
For more information see Course description.
FACILITIES and EQUIPMENT
The ceramic facilities are housed in a studio with substantial workspace and the following equipment:
• three electric kilns: one Bailey, two L&L, the largest L&L accommodates work as large as 4x4x4'
• one large gas kiln: Bailey updraft (3x3x4' capacity)
• portable Raku system
• clay mixing room with pugmill and ventilation
• glaze mixing area with a large Paasche ventilation system
• Slip-o-matic slip mixer for large slip cast molds
• a separate plaster mixing area for mold-making