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Ceramics Packet With Images

Ceramics Packet With Images

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Jen RoseAccomplishments in theCeramics Department atRichland CollegeSpring 2009-Fall 2011
 
Introduction
In 2003 I begin my career at Richland College as Adjunct Faculty of Ceramics. I taught the Saturday Ceramics class from 2003-2008 and itwas always the highlight of my week. During that time I was developedsome strong relationships with our long-term ceramics students andlistened to their concerns and aspirations for the department. When Ireceived the opportunity to work full-time at Richland in 2009 I wasready to move forward with ideas that had been brewing for years. Inthis packet I have outlined my accomplishments from the Spring of 2009through the Fall of 2011. As you can see, we have accomplished much ina very short time.
 
Firing Practices
When I joined Richland as a full-time employee the ceramics studio was firing glazes to atemperature of Cone 10 reduction, or 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Many contemporary ceramicsdepartments have changed their firing methods to Cone 6 reduction (2170 degrees Fahrenheit). Thissmall reduction in the firing temperature reduces fuel consumption by 30%. In addition, most Cone 6glazes can be fired in an electric or gas kiln which makes them more accessible to students whowould like to set up their own ceramic studio.During 2010 I did extensive glaze calculationresearch to develop a color palette whichmatures at Cone 6 and produces a beautifulrange of glaze options. To kick off this researchthe Clay Club invited John Brit, aninternationally renown glaze chemist, to do afive-day workshop at Richland College. BeforeI became a full-time employee, our students hadnever been taught glaze chemistry or allowedaround the kilns or glaze chemicals. Johnhelped fill some of these deficiencies with hishands-on workshop and also helped to educatestudents about the benefits of Cone 6 firing.In the summer of 2010 we transitioned completely to Cone 6 glazes. The feedback from the studentshas been positive and we are proud to reduce our carbon footprint with better fuel efficiency. Thistransition prompted me to be nominated for Innovator of the Year at the 2011 Fall Convocation.

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