Fall 2022 Electives, Advanced Practice: Ceramics – Sana Musasama

Caption: Unspeakable Series, Sana Musasama



PGFA 5302, CRN: 5898, CREDIT: 3

Friday: 9:00 -12:00 AM

Taught by: Sana Musasama

Course Description:

This course will cover a range of concepts, traditions and techniques that are specific to the disciplines of both ceramics and sculpture. Projects will revolve around the topics of space, structure and form and the development of ideas in relation to material. Techniques and processes will include hand-building, surface treatment and glazing. Clay is a subtle material allowing an exchange between the medium and the self. Its rich history provides a backdrop to frame contemporary investigations into ritual, objecthood and artistic expression. Students are encouraged to experiment with a range of strategies, including installation work, large construction, and experimental techniques.


Faculty Bio:

I am a native New Yorker educated in the public school system and world travel. I received my BA from City College of New York in 1973 and my MFA from Alfred University, New York in 1988. In 2018, I was awarded the 2018 Achievement Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts for my years of teaching and my humanitarian work with victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia.  I am a clay artist, humanitarian, and globe trotter. My work and passions center on the lives of little girls that were and still are my mentors as I traveled the world. I am concerned about their ability to live full, healthy lives without the burdens of war, child marriages, sex trafficking, displacement, and harmful ritualistic practices. I, along with 8 girls, formed the Apron Project in Cambodia which is a sustainable entrepreneurial project for girls and young women reintegrated back into society after being forced into the commercial sex industry. We create beautiful, one-of-a-kind aprons that I sell on my Etsy store. I have volunteered in Cambodia for the past 14 years, and would like to for the rest of my life.