Ceramics has been a part of civilization for thousands of years. It satisfies the most utilitarian need as well as taking many forms of human expression, such as the Alhambra Gardens in Spain and the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. At Bishop’s the ceramics classes use these observations as a starting point to make pieces with intent, whether it is for personal expression or to enhance something mundane.
Introductory level classes foster a basic understanding of ceramic materials with a hands-on approach. Students learn clay construction techniques that utilize handbuilding, molds and the potter’s wheel. These classes give the students a place for creative experimentation and an opportunity to make a variety of works.
Intermediate and advanced classes build on this foundation and allow the students to perfect techniques and develop a more individual approach to ceramics. Traditional or innovative inspiration can come in many forms and will vary from student to student.