Saddleback Ceramics Program Mission
Our program’s mission is to be “the launching pad for a successful career,” not just in ceramics or even art but in every aspect of the workforce. Everything that our students learn in our classes has broader applications in the workforce in terms of soft skills such as time management, risk management, patience and perseverance, team work, creative problem solving and the ability to clearly articulate and convey your thoughts and concepts. The sole purpose of this program is to prepare and help our students to move on to bigger and better things. As faculty we are not only responsible for teaching our students about the ceramic medium but how these core skills that we need to work with clay also apply to a much broader context. We are also responsible for keeping up to date on opportunities and new technologies in our field so that we can give our students meaningful guidance.
Assistant Professor, Ceramics
A.A. Orange Coast College, CA
B.F.A. Ceramics, Cal State University, Fullerton, CA
M.F.A. Ceramics, Tyler School of Arts of Temple University, PA
Laura Haight has been working in clay for over 20 years and teaching ceramics at a variety of colleges and universities for the past 10 years. She has taught all levels of ceramic courses and ceramic sculpture along with teaching courses in mixed media, 3D design and Art Appreciation. She has extensive experience in running, developing and maintaining ceramics programs at several studios across the US. She works to incorporate new technologies such as 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting and micro controllers into the traditional techniques of ceramics. In her personal work she regularly incorporates micro controllers (such as Arduino) which allow the work to become interactive. She has won and completed many commissions that currently sit in business buildings and public spaces through out Southern California and Las Vegas. Her passion is to challenge students to find applications for their work, and build life skills through the process of art making.
ART 9 CERAMICS FUNDAMENTALS
Recommended Preparation: ART 80
A basic survey course covering both handbuilding and wheel throwing, with an emphasis form and design. A general survey of ceramic history is presented in context with clays clay bodies, glazes, and firing.
ART 10 CERAMICS - HANDBUILDING I
Recommended Preparation: ART 9
An introduction to clay, glaze, and handbuilding techniques with emphasis
on craftsmanship and good design.
ART 11 CERAMICS - WHEEL I
Recommended Preparation: ART 9
An introduction to beginning wheel techniques with emphasis on
traditional shapes and forms.
ART 12 CERAMICS - WHEEL II
Prerequisite: ART 11
A continuation of basic throwing
techniques with emphasis on specific
shapes and forms utilitarian and
Prerequisite: ART 12
A continuation of throwing skills emphasizing contemporary decorative and design techniques. Emphasis is placed on problems related to student's individual needs.
ART 216 CERAMICS - HANDBUILDING II
Prerequisite: ART 10
Emphasizing a continuation of basic handbuilding techniques. The focus is on developing the individual's skills in design, fabrication, and finishing. Form and function are stressed.
ART 217 CERAMICS - HANDBUILDING III
Prerequisite: ART 216
A continuation of handbuilding techniques and skills with emphasis placed on individualized student projects. The focus will be on contemporary issues of scale, design, and ..0