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Seabury Hall Ceramics

This Middle School class is an introduction to working with clay, and is intended to build basic skills as well as develop an awareness of form, surface, and color.  Students will be assigned a series of handbuilding projects in which they will learn to work with the techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab-building. Finishing, glazing, and firing will follow. Historical and cultural perspectives are introduced and serve as inspiration for student work. Three possible middle school projects are an Hawaiian ipu (gourd drum), a turtle jar and a dolphin (see photo below).


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Ceramic Libguide

This libguide has information and resources for ceramic students, artists and teachers.

Japanese aesthetic principles:

Wabi-sabi ()  beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent (無常 mujō), and incomplete". Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. wabi (transient and stark beauty), sabi (the beauty of natural patina and aging)

yûgen  is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics that can be described as suggestion, profound grace and subtley. In the Chinese philosophical texts yūgen meant "dim", "deep" or "mysterious". In Japanese poetry it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems. Imagine mountains in the Fall where there are beautiful autumn colors. On a clear sunny day you see everthing in all it's glory. But, on another day  it is foggy and you only see some of colors (that is yugen).  Most is obscure but you can glimpse at part of the beauty.

Class Assignments


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