Cortona has a rich ceramic tradition dating back to the time of the Etruscans, and there are several active clay mines in the vicinity. UGA Cortona Ceramics students therefore use local terra cotta clay for both hand-building and throwing. A basic majolica and low-temperature glaze coupled with slips, stains and terra sigillata provide a broad palette for glazing.
The ceramics studio consists of a long, vaulted room that is divided into sections for wheel throwing, hand building, and glaze storage and mixing.
The throwing area contains five electric wheels and one kick wheel; a nearby work space houses two additional kick wheels.
The hand building area contains large tables with stools, as well as two plaster wedging tables, a clay storage chest, and a Bailey slab roller. The perimeter of the room is lined with shelves for equipment and storage of work.
The glaze area has a large table for mixing, storage space for mixed and powdered glazes, and a wide utility sink is equipped with a trap for catching clay. A Skutt electric kiln is installed near the glaze area, next to a shelving unit housing kiln posts, ware boards, and “ready-to-fire” works.
An outdoor work area just outside the studio contains a table and a utility sink used for clay preparation. Nearby, a special enclosure houses a programmable Pagnotti 25-cubic-foot muffle gas kiln used for high-volume firings.
For information regarding current curriculum offerings in Ceramics, review the Ceramics Course listing.