This online course focuses on the technical, cultural, geological, and everyday characteristics of raw clay and fired ceramic objects. Students develop an understanding of and vocabulary for the physical properties of clay in all its states. Students will learn about clay harvesting, processing, making, drying, firing, and the local histories of ceramic production. Along with demonstrations, artist visits, lectures, and readings, students will develop a research interest and apply their ideas to a final project that adds to their own observations on clay. The Visual Arts Program will provide all materials needed.