Before Midterm (Oct 22)

October 8, 2008

ART 261 – For Midterm I will be looking at your first project (two Anthropomorphic Vessels) and your participation in the Pitfiring and Throwing classes between now and then.

ART 361 – For Midterm I will be looking at your first project (Parts I, II and III) and your participation in the woodfire next week.

ART 461 – For Midterm I will be looking at your Dinnerware sets and you preparation between now and October 22 for your independent study.

Midterm grades will be handed back on October 22.

Watch this space for your next assignments ART 261 and 361 (I will post them on the long weekend.)


Flashing Slip and Thoughts on Art School and Being an Artist

September 29, 2008

A bit about Flashing Slip for those of you who are interested in using the slip for the Wood Firing coming up soon. What a flashing slip is a slip made of clay that will react well with the atmosphere in the wood kiln (the wood ash and the salt we will be adding). Some clays, such as the ones we are using in class, can be rather bland in the wood fire and a good flashing slip can help with this. Below are some links to some images of artists whose work are fired in atmosphere and use flashing.

Tom Rohr

Greg Crowe

Julia Galloway

Ian Jones

Also, take a look at this articile where some artists talk about Art School, why they choose art and their own individaul pathes (including Grayson Perry and David Shrigley)

Time Art School

Deadline Claification!

September 21, 2008
You are running out of time!

You are running out of time!

ART 261

Monday, September 22: Plans for second anthropomorphic vessel presented to class

Monday, October 6: Deadline for both anthropomorphic vessels – critique on green pots.

ART 361

Friday, September 19: Three tiles with drawing on them due for bisque.

Wednesday, October 1: Assignment One (part i, ii and iii) completed for bisque

October 2 – 5: 1000 Miles Apart in Regina, SK

Wednesday, October 8: Load soda/gas kiln

Wednesday, October 15: Load woodfire kiln w/ Greg Crowe

Thursday, October 16: Fire woodfire kiln w/ Greg Crowe

ART 461

Wednesday, September 24: Terra Sig’s due

Wednesday, October 1: Proposal for personal project draft due

Monday, October 6: Assignment One Dinnerware sets due for bisque

ART 361 :: Assignment 1 :: Throwing and Woodfiring

September 8, 2008

All of you have some experience with throwing cylinders on the wheel and by the end of this assignment you will be able to throw with more skill and confidence. You will have experience working with throwing a wide variety of forms or various sizes and shapes – cylinders, bowls, plates, non-symmetrical forms, and building with multiple thrown forms. Additionally, at the end of the assignment, we will be firing the projects in the wood kiln. As part of this, each of you will participate in the various steps of the woodfiring – loading the kiln, stoking the fire, adding salt to the kiln, unloading and cleaning the kiln.

Part One

The first part of this assignment is simply to get you back in the rhythm of building on the wheel. It does take some time to be able to master throwing on the wheel and that is what this assignment is for – repetition to gain control.

For Monday September 15:

Throw 20 forms on the wheel using 1 – 1.5 pound balls of clay. While these forms can be anything you would like, aim to make your forms cylinders with even thickness in the walls and taller rather than wider. You may have to throw more that 20 forms in order to show the class 20 good, trimmed and drying pots.

You will be given most of two classes to work on this portion of the assignment but you will have to spend time outside of class to ensure quality in your work.

1000 Miles Apart!

September 3, 2008
Carole Epp

Carole Epp

1000 Miles Apart is an annual student conference held in rotation by the University of Manitoba, Red Deer College, Alberta College of Art and Design and the University of Regina. This year the conference will be held at the University of Regina from October 2 – 5 with most events being held on the 3 and 4. Each conference features a number of different artists lectures, artist demonstrations, art shows, occasional competitions and other fun events. It is not only a great way to learn a massive amount of new knowledge but also a great way to see other schools and meet other student artists.

This year the featured artists are Carole Epp and Brendan Tang and the keynote speaker is Charles Mason, head curator of the Gardiner Museum.

Here are some links for the artists:


September 2, 2008

Hello Classes. Welcome to our little website!

On here I will be posting handouts, assignments, links to artists and events or just showing images.

To kick this off, attached below are each of the class syllabii should you lose your handout.




And, for those who might need it, here is a Supply List for Tools and the like.