Introduction to Ceramic Surfaces

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Introduction to Ceramic Surfaces


You can add "Gift Card" option for the class when you enroll.


Session I: January 19 - March 9 (there is no class on Feb 16)
Hours : Saturdays 11:00am - 1:30pm (seven sessions)

Session II: March 16 - May 04 (seven sessions)
Hours : Saturdays 11:00am - 1:30pm (there is no class on April 20/ Passover weekend)

Course Price: Price : $365  (it includes material and test tiles firings).

SSNYC does not offer Open Studio Hours for this class.

The way the surface of a work is treated can enhance or destroy a piece. Students will begin the class by working on a variety of test tiles to better understand the behavior of these treatments. By first focusing on the options and possibilities of a surface, students will gain a more comprehensive knowledge of ceramic materials, allowing this experience to inform future constructions in their studio practice. Students should have some prior experience working with and handling clay. 


  • Develop a more comprehensive understanding for the treatment options of ceramic surfaces: glaze, underglaze, specialty firings, colored clay body, stains & oxides, etc...

  • Learn how to best utilize test tiles for exploring a new combination of glazes, oxides, or stains

  • Exposure to and practice of application methods: spraying, dipping, brushing, masking, and adding

  •  materials to the clay body

  • Begin to understand the science behind ceramic materials and how their properties behave and interact in a firing

  • Recognize glaze flaws and how to prevent them or utilize their behavioral tendencies

  • Gain a greater awareness of safety and cleanliness when working with new ceramic materials and surface treatments: dust and vapor precautions, chemical traces, leaching and food safety for functional ware 

The price includes: Clay, Mason Stains, Luster Silver & Mother of Pearl (Gold available for purchase), Underglaze, Slips, Glazes and Black Copper Wash.

This course will build a foundation for students to better utilize the vast possibilities of treating ceramic surfaces, whether with glazes, underglazes, specialty firings, such as luster or decals, mason stains, oxides and more. The course will cover the many ways of applying these materials such as spraying, dipping, brushing, or adding materials to the clay body. Additionally, students will gain background information to the science of why materials behave and interact the way they do, including firing temperatures and common glaze flaws such as crazing and crawling.

Refund Policy: Refund and transfer requests must be made via mail or in person two weeks prior to start of the class. Registration receipts are required and there is a $50 processing fee for all refunds and transfers.

Makeup class Policy: We try to be as accommodating as possible with scheduling make-up classes, but it is based on availability. Make-ups must be pre-approved by the teacher to ensure the make-up class is the appropriate skill level, and that there is availability in the class.  If we are not able to schedule a make-up class, the student can come in for one day during Open Studio hours.

About the Instructor:

Aimee Odum is a visual artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she was the Director of sUgAR Gallery and sUgAR Vision, an Internet and televised art platform. Odum recently curated Vibrant Things for Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York and served on the Organizational Committee for Nasty Women, NYC, which presented its inaugural event January 2017. Invited to speak about her work, Odum participated in the symposium Local Views in conjunction with the State of the Art Exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at locations such as Satellite Art Show, (Miami, FL); The Living Art Museum(Reykjavik, Iceland); Mengi (Reykjavik, Iceland); Random Access Gallery, Syracuse University, (Syracuse, NY); Negar Art Gallery, (Tehran, Iran); Hectoliter, (Brussels, Belgium); and GRIN, (Providence, RI); Recipient of the Sturgis International Fellowship, Odum was a Visiting Artist at Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2015. She was recently awarded an Artist Publication Fellowship by Peripheral Vision Press in conjunction with the publication of journal issue No. 8, due for release in May, 2018. Her studio practice utilizes video, objects and installation to address the slippery merge between virtual and natural worlds.

Studio etiquette: 

Students are expected to comply with studio guidelines and maintain a clean work environment during every class. It is equally important to respect others working in the studio, maintaining a friendly but professional manner. SSNYC is committed to providing an exceptional experience for students, members, and teachers alike.

Age requirement: 

Due to the nature of studio ceramics and the materials used, all classes are for adults age 21 and older