Ceramics Portfolio: Hand-Building Essentials

Hotchkiss Summer Portals | Ceramics Portfolio
Cost: $3,250
Age: Rising 8th Graders and Older
Dates: JUNE 28-JULY 11, 2020
Maximum Capacity: 10 STUDENTS

The Hotchkiss Summer Portals Ceramics Portfolio program is appropriate for both beginning and experienced artists, and emphasizes multiple hand-building methods including pinch, slab, and slip construction, as well as inventive surface decoration techniques. Students will experiment with ceramic materials and gain practical knowledge of glaze chemistry. Projects will explore functional and sculptural form demonstrating three-dimensional design concepts while surveying the rich global history of ceramic art for inspiration. This foundational course will culminate in a program wide presentation and a digital portfolio for submission to secondary schools. The newly renovated Cullman Art Center provides state of the art facilities with three ceramics studio spaces, three kilns, an outdoor working patio, and a breathtaking view of the Hotchkiss campus. The curriculum will include visits to artist studios, galleries and museums including Yale University Art Gallery.


Christine Owen

Program Director
Instructor in Ceramics

Christine Owen comes to Hotchkiss with a substantial background in functional and sculptural ceramics and performance art. She holds a B.F.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Owen apprenticed in Japan in traditional pottery and has traveled widely through Asia. She has taught all levels of ceramics at Dutchess Community College for 12 years, exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and continues to perform and collaborate with the multimedia group, The Bridge Club. She maintains a studio and lives in Warren, CT.