This half-year course will explore the creation of pots from found objects and the use of slump molds. Students will learn how to create and design a variety of pots and a four-piece place setting of dishes. Students are expected to work outside the class as well as in the studio. Drawing will be used throughout as ideas are explored both in the designs for the dishes and the construction of the pots.

PREREQUISITE: Studio in Art or Crafts


Course Expectations

Through Ceramics you will explore the properties, working process & possibilities of clay. We will work through the creative process & production of 3-D clay projects, focusing on form and design. You will create a pinch pot, a set of design tiles, a plate set (large plate, small plate, & bowl) for four people, among other projects. This year we will learn Practical working process and storage of clay, reclaiming clay, Hand forming projects, Slab-rolling, Slip casting with molds, Throwing vessels on the wheel, and glazing techniques. Class will consist of teacher demonstrations or lectures, followed by student exercises or time to work on projects.

Through the year you will keep a sketchbook with concepts from class & any sketching needed for your projects. Homework will consist of bringing what you need to begin each project, completing projects not finished in class for the critiques, & sketchbook assignments.

GOALS: Through Ceramics, students will learn terms & techniques needed to speak & interpret the ‘visual language’ of art specific to the 3-Dimentional format. This begins with learning the basics of working with clay in a studio, then moving on to:

  • Competency in the process for working with clay, creating projects & presenting the for display
  • Creating & choosing design for the form of each project
  • Creating & choosing the shapes, patterns, & colors of a design that successfully compliments a project’s form
  • Working through revisions & techniques to produce quality projects in clay
  • Work through multiple outcomes & ideas for each project & choose the most successful.

Grading will consist of Participation, Projects, and Sketchbooks. Because Sketchbooks will not be weekly, they will be averaged each marking period as a project grade. Participation will also be averaged each marking period as a project grade.
Extra credit assignments can be given.

Participation is needed & expected. Students who use class time well have little work outside class. Each day you will earn 0-4 participation points.

  • 4 Points (100%) Prepared, Working ail class period, cleaning up well after yourself.
  • 3 Points (75%) lacking I of these, or not using class time well.
  • 2 Points (50%) lacking 2 of these, or use of 1/2 of class time.
  • 1 Points (25%) lacking 3 of these, or poor use of class time.
  • 0 Points (0%) none of these - no work in class.

Each Project grade will have 3 parts. 1/3rd of each project grade will be 'Craftsmanship’. The other 2/3rds will be concepts that change with each project.
Example: clay tile project = 1/3rd craftsmanship, 1/3r patterns, & 1/3rd shape
Plate set project = 1/3rd craftsmanship, 1/3rd design, & 1/3rd shape

Good craftsmanship can be seen in a project that was carefully created. We will have a class critique to discuss successful techniques at the end of each project. 5 points will be taken per day a project is late.

Sketchbooks will be due as projects progress. Your thinking & revision process will be shown here. They Must be compiled in a neat collection to be accepted.

For class you will need:

  • Sketchbook (at least 8'xl1')
  • Pencils
  • Box (or shoe box) to hold tools
  • 2 plastic bags to hold projects in process
  • 2 ‘green scrubbies’ (abrasive pads)
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