Ceramic Sculpture and Alternative Firing

Salisbury University’s Ceramic Sculpture and Alternative Firing academy offers an intensive two-week session meant for students of all experience levels to gain skills in ceramics and sculpture. Students work on professional studio equipment as they learn multiple techniques, including coil-building, pinch and slab construction, as well as the process of firing, including alternative processes such as Raku.

What You Need to Know

Audience: Students entering grades 9-12
 - Week one: July 6-10
 - Week two: July 13-17
- Final showcase: July 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with the final showcase 5 to 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 18
Cost: $500 total
Qualifications: Please see the “Technical Standards” section on the SU Art Department website.

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For questions or more information, contact sea@salisbury.edu.

Program Highlights

Participants in the ceramic sculpture academy will:

  • Demonstrate basic hand-building techniques, such as coil-building, pinch and slab construction
  • Demonstrate safe use of all studio hand tools and relevant studio equipment such as slab roller, extruder and pottery wheel
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic clay and glaze chemistry, and the process of firing ceramics, especially alternative firing processes such as Raku
  • Develop an awareness of 3-D design concepts
  • Complete projects/assignments that explore problem solving, skill building and craftsmanship
  • Develop a personal and creative response to clay, and demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas through the process of critique
  • Research and evaluate the historical and cultural significance of ceramics and its application

Academy Instructors

David Scott Smith and owns Little Lane Pottery in Salisbury with his wife Paula. He has exhibited his work in art galleries and museums throughout the United States. His professional works can be viewed on his website. Smith received his B.A. in English literature from Whitman College and his M.F.A. with an emphasis in ceramics at Louisiana State University.