Summer Ceramic Science for the Artist

Instructor: Bill Carty
July 8 - 12, 2019
Workshop Fee: $400, Material Fee: $75

All workshops will be filled on a first come basis until the participant maximum is met. Once the class limit is reached, a waiting list will be kept.


Workshop Description:
This intensive 5-day workshop will focus on discussions, calculations, interactions, and testing all in the kilns with information shared by one of the world’s leading ceramic engineers. Through lectures and demonstrations, Dr. Carty, one of the world’s leading ceramic engineers, well-known for his witty give-and-take with studio ceramicists, will lead participants on a tour of the amazing and complex world of materials science and glaze calculation. Participants will invent formulas, mix, and test-fire glazes. There will be time to discuss applications, cross share information, and solve stubborn glaze defect problems. Come prepared with notebooks, pencils, calculator, and ideas! Participants are welcome to bring examples of problem glazes and defects for discussion.

Instructor Bio:
William M. Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University. He received his BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Washington. He and his research group have, with the help of many graduate and undergraduate students, conducted research in all aspects of traditional ceramics (clay, bodies, and glazes) primarily in advanced microstructure evolution and materials behaviors. Bill has taken a special interest in the work and challenges facing artists who use ceramics as a primary medium. He has authored or co-authored over 80 papers and is a frequent contributor to NCECA. After almost 20 years of teaching ceramic science to artists, he is slowly understanding (and can speak eloquently, but perhaps ad nausea, about) the potential benefits of applying science to solve ceramic art creation problems.

Materials Fee:
Each workshop/studio has an upfront materials fee. This workshop includes test materials and firings.

Ceramic Workshop Tools:
Suggested tool lists will be provided for specific workshops upon registration. Our studios do not provide buckets, banding wheels, bats, rolling pins, and other small tools. Tools are available for purchase in the Grinding Room, the Alfred University Bookstore, or Tinkertown – our local hardware store. Please inquire if you are unsure if you should bring a tool, or if the studio is equipped with it.

Contact Information:
Phone: 607-871-2413

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