Through Waterford's ceramics program, Waterford students explore clay as creative medium. Students create unique forms as they investigate a broad range of construction methods. Students experiment with a variety of processes including: slab and coil construction, sculpture, wheel throwing. Glazing and firing at a full range of temperatures broadens the scope of production. Waterford's dedicated ceramics studio is equipped with two electric kilns, a large Geil gas-fired kiln, wheel throwing and hand-building equipment.
Ceramics is offered to students beginning in Class VIII. Middle School students learn clay hand-building methods and a variety of finishing methods. Upper School ceramics students continue to develop on their foundation in clay by learning wheel throwing techniques and more complex decorative processes. Advanced Placement students develop unique individual portfolios for submission to the Advanced Placement College Board. For more information on specific ceramics courses, visit our curriculum guide.
See student ceramics work here.
Meet the Instructor: Suzanne Conine
Suzanne Conine shares the experience of awe, inspiration, and intrigue produced by beautiful handmade objects with her students. These are the objects that enrich daily life and elevate mundane experience by connecting a maker and its user. The process of making things well comes with a series of problems that, when resolved, give the maker the confidence to accept the next challenge. Students in Suzanne’s classroom learn that it is not the solution, but the problem, that is the best teacher as they wind their way through processes required by their inventions.
Suzanne’s teaching career started with guest lecture demonstrations at elementary schools in Southern Utah. She would be dying wool with local plants, making small weavings or clay projects with brave teachers in their classrooms; she found that she enjoyed sharing her passions with others. After completing her degree in art education at Southern Utah University she began teaching at Dixie High School in St.George. Suzanne earned her masters in Art Education at BYU. In 1998 she joined the Waterford School Art Department. She received an Art Educators Fellowship residency at Skidmore College in New York in the summer of 2008. Her art earned a public art commission from Utah Heritage and Arts in 2011 and she received the Waterford Educator Prize in 2013. Being a Waterford School art educator has been the highlight of Suzanne’s career along with seeing her students recognized with local and national awards every year.