Inamori School of Engineering

Short Courses - Ceramic Science for the Artist
June 22-26, 2009 (ends at noon on June 26) - registration closed

Course Description
This workshop is for practicing artists who desire to know the "why" to their "how" for ceramic art processes. The course will focused on discussions and lectures with short studio demonstrations for specific ideas and will address bodies, glazes, firing, and defect elimination. Professor Carty had taught Ceramic Science for the Artist in the Alfred University summer school series with John Gill for the past ten years, as well as yearly during the fall semester in conjunction with "Science of Whitewares" for Ceramic Engineering students. He has also conducted workshops off campus in several locations (MN, AK, MT, UK, etc.) and has presented several lectures at NCECA addressing the behavior of bodies and glazes. The lecture notes will be provided in both a paper and CD form, as well as several articles and references to facilitate the use of the material after the workshop.

Proposed Topics

  1. Robust Clay Bodies
  2. Robust Matte and Gloss Glazes
  3. Glaze "Defects"
  4. Introduction to Chemistry
  5. Glaze Calc (UMF → batch)
  6. Body-Glaze Interactions
  7. Slip and Slip Control ↔ Stick-up Slip
  8. Mineralogy and Raw Materials
  9. Opacity, Glaze Durability, Crystalline Glazes, and Color
  10. The Role of Quartz

Dr. William Carty is a Professor of Ceramic Engineering at the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, Alfred University. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from UMR (Missouri), a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Washington, and joined Alfred University in 1993. He teaches extensively (engineering classes during the school year and "Ceramic Science for the Artist" in the summer) and has research all aspects of traditional ceramics production. He is a frequent contributor to NCECA, has learned to speak the proper language (i.e., the language of the artist), and has an unbridled passion for understanding the why of ceramics.

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