Students in the ceramics studio experience every aspect of what it's like to be a working ceramic artist: claymaking, different glaze processes, and loading and firing kilns. Students explore both wheel throwing and handbuilding and a wide range of surface techniques.
The curriculum is based on developing mastery in wheel throwing, hand building, and surface design. Students at all levels of experience can be accomodated in our small classes. Lessons may include using slip and underglaze for imagery, carving, slip casting and the use of molds. Unlike most high school ceramics classes, Snow Farm offers access to four different firing methods: a Bailey gas reduction kiln, a raku kiln, pit and smoke firing, a salt/soda kiln, and 2 large electric kilns. Projects include functional pottery and experimental sculpture using traditional and contemporary forms. In a class of no more than 8 people, and 3 - 5 hours of work time a day, young ceramic artists build confidence and skills along with their clay creations.
The ceramics studio encompasses inside and outside space, with plenty of room for the small class to spread out. Equipment includes: 9 Brent wheels, slab roller and manual extruder, commercial pug mill, test kiln, Bailey gas reduction kiln, raku kiln, salt/soda kiln, a pit firing area, and 2 large electric kiln.