This course will examine clay as a sculptural material with special focus on hand building techniques. Coil building, slab construction, and slip casting will act as the primary approaches to making. Surface articulation, including glaze strategies and the incorporation of supplementary materials will also be addressed. Project prompts will act as loose starting points to give students room to develop personal styles of making. The history of ceramic sculpture and contemporary ceramic practices will be introduced with a special attention to Bay Area ceramics. Students will complete the class with considerable knowledge of the ceramic process and fully realized projects.
Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a sculptor and designer. He comes to SFAI from Michigan where he received his MFA in Ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (2016). With a history spanning Nigeria, the Caribbean and the United States, his work abstracts conditions of desire and identity around themes of spirituality, ethnicity, utility, and personal narrative. His work has been featured in various domestic and international venues including the 2011 Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale and a 2017 solo exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora. Ebi is the recipient of the AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship for 2016–17 and 2017–18. He is currently represented by David Klein Gallery in Detroit.