The Expressive Vessel: An Immersive Introduction to Clay

2018 Course Information

Course Description

Students will learn to make and to analyze functional ceramic forms, with a focus on wheel-thrown pottery.  Studio time will be dedicated to the acquisition and refinement of shaping, marking/glazing and finishing skills; supplementary lectures and discussions will be used to explore the aesthetic range of contemporary studio ceramics as well as major historical traditions in clay.  No prior experience is necessary, but instructors will work individually with students at all levels of ability to make this Arts Intensive experience both challenging and rewarding.  Each student will produce functional ware (e.g. dishes, cups, vases, et cetera) suitable for use and display and will give a final class presentation on a selection of their most personally expressive work.

This class will take place in Elliot Program Center in collaboration with the Stanford Ceramics Club.

This course fulfills the Creative Expression (CE) requirement.


Meet the Instructor(s)

Deardra Fuzzell

Deardra Fuzzell, Cartographic Technology Specialist for Stanford University Libraries, manages an Oversized Imaging Lab for Stanford and works with Curators and the Digital Production Group to coordinate the digitization of Stanford’s Historic Map Collections and Donor owned Map Collections (Digital Philanthropy). She holds a B.A. in Studio Art with a focus on Sculpture and Ceramics from The College of Wooster in Northeast Ohio. Deardra has been making ceramic work for 14 years and has been teaching techniques in clay for 9 years. Her practice focuses mainly on thrown and altered sculptural forms evocative of growth and sprouting and she is fascinated by alternative firing techniques such as pit firing and sawdust firing. She lives in Palo Alto.

Sarah Logan

Sarah Logan is a full time working artist with over ten years of experience in the field including solo and group exhibitions, curation and installation of fine art shows, participation in national juried fine craft trade shows, and instruction for ceramics. Logan’s sculptures are vessels for caching personal stories and establishing connections with the past and the future.