December 14, 2015 - January 15, 2016
To register, contact the Registrar's office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-871-2123
Introduction to Glaze Formulation Online is an intensive five-week lecture-based study, focused on the science behind ceramic glazes. The course will explore geology, glaze materials, ceramic chemistry and unity molecular formula, glaze colors and special effects, the function of heat, atmosphere, glaze flaws and failures, and food safety. The course is designed to inform students how to utilize glazes so that they might enhance and improve their studio practice.
Introduction to Glaze Formulation Online provides information in an audio and visual setting using voice-over PowerPoint lectures and on-demand video interface with the instructor. The online environment offers the flexibility of discussion triggered by student-generated questions and interaction over the class message board and encourages students to collaborate and explore a topic with the faculty and each other.
The School of Art and Design and the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University are dedicated to the study of ceramics in ways that nurture the imagination and skills of the maker.
Matt Katz is the creator and instructor for Introduction to Glaze Formulation Online. Matt has taught ceramic material courses at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University for over 12 years. He received a BFA from the School of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Matt’s extensive study at the Inamori School of Engineering and engagement as a studio artist have enabled him to design a new version of glaze formulation that combines the intuition of the artist with the science of the ceramic engineer. Katz strives to make a complex subject understandable for individuals of all backgrounds and experience levels.
What past students have said about the course:
“This class was so valuable to me and the experience was beyond my expectations. The opportunity to take a class like this from a respected institution with a knowledgeable and thoughtful instructor from my computer at home so beneficial… I’m going to tell all of my clay friends to take this class! What a fabulous experience.“ - Sarah Snavley, Bowman, North Dakota
“The content of the course far exceeded my expectations and I am amazed at how much I learned in just a month. (Matt Katz) is a really great teacher and he really knows and cares about what he is talking about… It felt more like school than just taking any online course, which I have done in the past. I am very pleased with every aspect of it.” - Sue McLeod, Victoria, British Columbia
“Matt’s generosity in sharing his ridiculous knowledge, research and resources is simply unbelievable. I took it as a refresher and learned more than I ever thought possible. Thanks to AU for opening the course up to non-students and for offering such a wonderful resource to the general public.”
- Marianne McGrath, Ventura California
Introduction to Glaze Formulation Online is offered through Alfred University during Allen Term and is open to anyone interested in ceramic glazes.
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