MAR 20 – MAY 8, 2020
Instructor: Maxwell Mustardo, Artist in Residence
This course aims to introduce, explore, and expand upon pottery making techniques to create & execute both functional and sculptural vessel designs. Participants will be given weekly demonstrations on fundamental processes, including coil-building, wheel-throwing, & glazing that will support exploration of individual ideas and styles. Creative approaches to altering & surfacing forms will be used to push these simple processes further.
Vessel-making and exploration in glazing will be used to foster confidence and agency for participants. Discussions about glaze formulation, as well as glaze development & application techniques will be included.
This class is open to all ages and skill level, great for beginners as well as intermediate students interested in revisiting & reinforcing their knowledge through hands-on learning.
With this 8 week class, students receive 8 complimentary drop-in days to practice, valid through the duration of the class.
$30 materials fee due at registration covers your first bag of clay, firing, and glazes. Additional clay may be purchased as necessary.
Artist in Residence
Maxwell Mustardo was born in 1993 in rural New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Art History and Theory from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2017. During his time at Alfred, Max earned multiple awards including an ARGUS grant for materials research, a Levine Endowment grant to study material culture in Japan & South Korea, and a nomination for the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts/Patricia Kerr Ross Award as the SUNY finalist in the visual arts category. In addition, Max studied industrial design and material culture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. His current practice encompasses scholarly writing, curation, teaching, design, and sculpture. He is currently an artist in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas.
Artist Statement: I approach making as a vital opportunity to examine perception and signification. My work engages with ceramics as a polyphonic medium: one which speaks in multiple voices simultaneously. By working within simple constraints, such as the format of the mug or torus, I explore orchestrations of elements of surface, form, materiality, and function. Many projects revolve around broad, reverential notions of the vessel, the body, and language. Attempts are made to continually dissect processes, re-visit forms, and re-frame themes to agitate evolution, antagonize static thinking, and fuse opposing notions. Objects are focused upon as vital witnesses and participants, reflections and poems, animate and imagined.