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CERA 398B/4A

Clay is involved in all aspects of living in the city. Ranging between the scale of architecture and the intimacy of personal space, ceramics can be both functional and decorative. In this course we will examine the way clay currently exists in the city, indoors and out, above ground and under, while expanding on its relationship to the built environment. We will be searching for new and meaningful ways to enhance the urban environment of Montreal through temporary site-specific ceramic art interventions in public areas on the Concordia campus. Clay offers a particular advantage as a material for public art due to its of versatility, durability, and historic use. Mold making, slip casting and low fire finishing will be the primary techniques demonstrated. This course offers the opportunity to focus both theoretically and technically on a semester-long project comprised of several phases that build to a final installation. No prerequisite courses in ceramics required.

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Interesting Ceramic Toilets

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9th Feb 2011, 03:51   comments (1)

More Royal George

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This morning I noticed several details of this building that I hadn't seen before-- an ornamental feature high up on the south edge of the facade and inscribed tiles commemorating the Royal George set into the floor of the McConnell building's interior, indicating the original buildings perimeter.

Link to a TV program about space and public art

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Here is a very interesting link on a TV show about Place and art:

4th Feb 2011, 16:56   comments (2)

3D Ceramic Printer

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The technology nerd in me got really excited when I read about this new invention, The 3D ceramic Printer.

Rapid prototyping and three-dimensional printing have been around for some years, but unfold lab has successfully built a DIY ceramic printer. the design is based off an open source project and prints wet clay from its nozzle, which can then be placed in a kiln and fired. the machine uses powder clay which is mixed with water and printed out using a syringe. to test their design Unfold wanted to print a ceramic vessel which would be difficult using traditional techniques. so they drafted a double walled vessel with fins connecting the two walls. the result was successful and they fired the vessel along with a number of other testing pieces that demonstrate the printers effectiveness.


3rd Feb 2011, 19:54   comments (1)

Ricky Swallow

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A brief article in Artforum in which sculptor Ricky Swallow discusses his approach to creating his show at Modern Art, London

This statement interests me because it tells me about the artist's concerns and practices while he was making and installing the work in this exhibition.


found a blog that looked interesting

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i'm new to all things ceramic so this is where i ended up today while googling "ceramics".
31st Jan 2011, 16:17   comments (1)

Gisele Amantea

Gisele teaches ARTX at Concordia. She was my prof last year and she had a retrospective at a gallery in Joliette we went to see.
White Follies is made using molds from a hobby shop that was going out of business, cast in dental plaster for extra strength. Heaven is ceramic, plaster, mirror, metal and paint.
- Irene
31st Jan 2011, 04:24   comments (1)

Edmund de Waal

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Because I've been reading de Waal's book, The Hare with the Amber Eyes, I decided to do a google image search for his work in ceramics.
There's a lot of material on his website

which seems to be relevant to the course. I'm particularly interested in his installations in architectural settings.
29th Jan 2011, 21:17   comments (2)