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Press Release: UMass Dartmouth offers artisanry courses at Star Store


UMass Dartmouth offers artisanry courses at Star Store

January 24, 2002 UMass Dartmouth, through the Division of Continuing Education, will be offering artisanry non-credit courses in the areas of ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and metals. Classes will be held at the new Star Store campus in downtown New Bedford from 6-9 p.m. Star Store is located on 715 Purchase Street.

Author:  Susan Gonsalves
Date:  January 25, 2002
Department:   Publications
January 24, 2002



UMass Dartmouth, through the Division of Continuing Education, will be offering artisanry non-credit courses in the areas of ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and metals. Classes will be held at the new Star Store campus in downtown New Bedford from 6-9 p.m. Star Store is located on 715 Purchase Street.

A course for all levels on ;Handbuilding; will be held on Thursday evenings from February 7 -May 16. The class introduces a variety of hand building and forming techniques through the context of making objects. Clay, slip, glaze, and various firing methods will be presented.

A ;Wheel Throwing; course, open to all skill levels, will focus on using the potter's wheel as a tool to explore creative ideas in clay. In addition to developing wheel-throwing techniques, this class will focus on creating rich surfaces through experimentation with a variety of firing techniques and glazes. It also explores ways to incorporate texture and other decorative approaches. Slides and demonstrations will be included throughout the semester. Emphasis will be on functional pottery, but students interested in non-functional work are also welcome. The course will be offered on Wednesday evenings from February 6 – May 15.

Cost for each course is $235 and a $30 lab fee will be collected at the first class to cover supplies and materials

Also planned on Monday evenings from February 18 – April 8 is a class called ;Jewelry and Metals; which will explore the fundamentals of jewelry/metal design and fabrication. Students will work with precious and non-precious metals to make jewelry or functional objects. The course includes studio work time, demonstrations, and examples of contemporary and historical jewelry. Cost is $150 and a $30 lab fee will be collected on the first day of class to cover supplies and materials.

For the first time, UMass Dartmouth will offer a Master Series in ;Woodworking.; These non-credit woodworking classes will focus on three different objects: dovetail box, stool and table. Tuition for each class is $235. Students will be supplied with a materials/supplies list that they will be responsible to purchase and bring each week.

The dovetail course will cover the traditional craft while building a simple hinged box. This class will be held on Tuesday evenings from February 5-May 7. The ;Design and Build a Stool; course is held on Wednesdays from February 6 - May 8. ;The Design and Build a Table; course will be held Monday evenings from February 4-May 6.

For more information on these courses, or for registration information, please contact Nancy Vanasse at (508) 999-8778 (nvanasse@umassd.edu), or access the website at www.umassd.edu/dce.
 

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