‘Ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic, solid material comprising metal, non-metal or metalloid atoms primarily held in ionic and covalent bonds.’, says Wikipedia. They may be right. We at ULA, though, look at it as a three-dimensional canvas, which can be moulded and glazed to reflect the inner-most thoughts and ideas of an artist. We think, ceramic is a medium that can allow even a vague and a hazy idea take shape. It thus becomes a medium of self-exploration, which after the completion of the process becomes the artist’s voice. Ceramic is also quite versatile, a quality that, for an artist proves handy. Along with being used for art and décor, it can also be used to lend a touch of aesthetics to everyday objects such as crockery and pots.
For you as an artist, learning ceramic art, therefore, is helpful on many fronts.
A number of programs on ceramic art are conducted by renowned art institutions across the world. These programs may vary on advanced levels but the courses in basic techniques remain more or less the same. Some of the programs that cover your basics are listed below:
The act of moulding a substance that gives way to the will of an artist is immensely rewarding. This is the first thing an aspiring artist learns while working with this medium. This technique is called hand building and includes kneading, slab work and coiling. The study of basics also includes the understanding of material and tools, and glazing. It is imperative for a student to get the hang of these basics before he progresses on to undertaking projects wherein he can showcase the level of skill he/she has developed.
The dubious nature of walls has been perplexing humankind for ages. We love them for the sense of privacy that they provide. We hate them for their confining nature. Nevertheless, the rate at which the concrete jungle is spreading all around is not a matter of debate and was it not for art, these walls could have suffocated our spirits long ago. And along with pictures, paintings and frescoes, wall murals have equally contributed to humankind’s efforts to make life more bearable. This, therefore, is an essential program for any academy that offers courses in ceramic art.
Because of the sense of fulfillment that learning of this art provides, most of the artists do not limit themselves and learn all the aspects that are associated with it. As a result, most art institutions offer a consolidated program that includes the study of basics along with everything that can be done with ceramics, mural making, pottery etc. These programs also encompass working with other mediums of art that can be combined with ceramics to produce a single piece of art.
We, at ULA, offer all the programs listed above, the details of which can be accessed here.
Humankind is the most endowed of all species. It uses its talent to challenge the limitations posed by Nature. And within Nature’s art, it has etched out space for its own creations. At times emulating reality, at times creating a reality of its own; these realities are what art and expression are all about.