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Johanna Keefe

Visiting Lecturer
School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

Johanna Keefe

Visiting Lecturer
School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

Currently Teaching

CCER-630
3 Credits
This is a class specifically designed for non-majors covering the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of working with clay. Topics covered include the forming techniques, clay mixing, basic properties of clay, glazing and firing techniques and fundamental understanding of historical and contemporary practices and applications. The course includes prescribed projects. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-502
6 Credits
This is the second of a two-semester course in which seniors will produce a project and must be able to offer evidence of qualification as a candidate for the baccalaureate degree to be approved by the faculty. The proposed body of work should develop self-expression and a personal direction in clay. The work should express the goals and ideas as well as the materials and processes that are stated in the proposal. Emphasis is on expression and technical foundation needed to establish the role of the body of work. The goal is to produce a coherent body of work of high standard which must be exhibited at a venue at the end of the school year. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-202
6 Credits
This course will introduce students to hand building and mold making techniques as a foundation to create sculptural ceramic vessels. Emphasis will be placed on designing, preparation, and execution of compositional elements in three-dimensional forms. Students will be encouraged to explore different methods and techniques to compete. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-302
6 Credits
The purpose of this course will investigate the properties of the sculptural ceramic vessel to develop the student's personal aesthetic and visual thinking. Assigned projects will evoke the student's imagination and ceramic vocabulary through the relationship between concept, design, form, surface embellishment, and choice of firing methods and glazes. A systematic investigation of ceramic clays, raw materials, glaze materials, glaze composition, and glaze calculation will be presented in lecture and assignments. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-702
6 Credits
Ceramic Graduate Studio II is the second of a four-semester sequential class covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques of ceramics and culminating in the Master's of Fine Arts thesis. This program is structured on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. There will be a strengthening of ceramic techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. Student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This sequence leads to the Master's of Fine Arts thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-890
9 Credits
Ceramics Thesis Resolution is final course covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques of ceramics. Working from an approved topic of investigation for the Master's Thesis, students work independently and create a body of work supported by a written Thesis paper. In consultation with a selected graduate Thesis Committee, students plan, research, and develop a body of creative work for exhibition and review. This program is structured on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation determined through research and faculty consultation. There will be a strengthening of ceramic techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. Student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-530
3 Credits
This is a class specifically designed for non-majors covering the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of working with clay. Topics covered include the forming techniques, clay mixing, basic properties of clay, glazing and firing techniques and fundamental understanding of historical and contemporary practices and applications. The course includes prescribed projects based on the number of studio hours. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-301
6 Credits
In this course students will be introduced to industrial forming methods of ceramics. Students will develop drawings/proposals and a strategy for production. The students will then produce molds for slip casting as a means to produce multiples of a consistent quality. Students will develop their own slip castings clay bodies, slips and glazes for cone 6-oxidations/reduction firings. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-201
6 Credits
This course will introduce students to wheel throwing techniques as used in functional ware. Emphasis will be placed on designing, preparation, and **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-501
6 Credits
The first semester of the senior year is a continuation of the work begun in the junior year. The student’s proposal is to be defined and the work refined with discussion through faculty and group critique. The criteria relating to the evolving concept will be developed with studio involvement. Discussions relating to career choices, graduate and post graduate opportunities, job hunting, portfolio, resume writing, operating a studio, merchandising and business practices will coincide with studio work. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-790
6 Credits
Ceramics Thesis Initiation is the third of a four-semester sequential class covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques of ceramics and culminating in the Master's of Fine Art thesis. Students will develop a topic of investigation for the Master's of Fine Arts thesis, select a graduate thesis committee, and begin the planning, research, and development of a body of creative work. This program is structured on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation determined through research and faculty consultation. There will be a strengthening of ceramics techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. Student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This course is the prequel to the Master's of Fine Arts thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**