This course uses the table as an environment for considering the use-value of ceramics in defining social spaces. The emphasis of the course will explore contemporary and historical approaches to function as it relates to food, society and ceramics. What and how we eat is never static and this course will dissect social interaction through objects in the space of the table. The organization and display of objects offer the opportunity to work with the relationships of ceramic objects to each other with a direct emphasis on creating and defining social spaces. The course will develop critical approaches to how ceramics shapes our relations using historical form in an effort to reconsider the way we interact. Examples from contemporary design and craft will inform processes in moldmaking, handbuilding and throwing as primary construction techniques.