Session 3 Exploring the Extruder, Tuesday pm
Exploring the Extruder (Session 3)
In ceramics, the extruder is a simple mechanical aid that operates on the same principle as a cake-decorating tube. By forcing clay through dies, the extruder assists in quickly making solid shapes or hollow tubes, and it can be an indispensable tool for both sculptural and functional ceramic artists. In this class, we will use it as a starting point for the clay work of your choice. We will create clay components to modify or combine, as suited for your projects (extrusions can form coils for coil building, become the added handles, spouts, or feet for pottery, or turn into an unlimited variety of sculptural forms). We will discuss design challenges and technical aspects of assembling, finishing, and glazing works. Students will also learn to assemble the extruder with ease, and become comfortable with quick cleanup steps for all equipment. Newcomers to clay are welcome!
Session 3: April 25- May 30 (note - this class begins one week later than other Session 3 classes)
Instructor: Caroly Van Duyn