Weimar, Germany

The Coloured Glaze for Architectural Ceramics

when 22 August 2021 - 3 September 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

+++ Due to the current pandemic we had to cancel this course for 2021 +++

Architectural ceramics is one of the oldest building materials in architecture. This course will give you an exciting insight into its historical and current use in architectural practice. In a series of hands-on experiments, you will get the opportunity to explore the great creative design potential of coloured glazes yourself!

Many glaze recipes have been lost in the last decades. What remains is a uniform colour palette of industrial mass production. In this course, we will explore together the rich and varied colour world of architectural ceramics by means of experimental procedures. During the course, you will create new glazes by conducting your own test series and learn the necessary basics for their production.

In interdisciplinary teams of students from architecture, art, design, and geochemistry, we work together to examine and develop the characteristic qualities of the glaze ingredients. Based on our findings, we will develop fitting design concepts. Each team develops its own recipe ideas using both design and chemical parameters and tests them in several series of experiments.

At the end of the course, you will have acquired a holistic approach to the broad design potential of architectural ceramic glazes. You will know about the background of the geochemical composition, the technique of application in practice and, last but not least, the design aspects of use. A multitude of newly created coloured glazes for architectural ceramic are the tangible course outcome – the basis for your very own individual colour palette!

In addition to the class programme, we have prepared a varied social programme for you: Meet participants from all over the world during our gaming night, the international food evening, at a joint free visit to the cinema, on a trip to Berlin or Leipzig or when diving into the vast cultural options that Weimar has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Course leader

Franziska Käuferle & Lorenz Kirchner

Target group

The course is suitable for BA/MA and PhD students with a background in architecture, urban planning, sociology, political science or a similar field.

Course aim

• Basic knowledge for the development of ceramic glazes
• Sensitization for the design of building materials
• Experimental and interdisciplinary work

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks (90 hrs).

The course fee is 700 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: 2 weeks (90 hrs).

500 EUR for students.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar