ART 122 : Ceramics: Introductory Wheel Throwing

Transcript title

Ceramics: Intro Wheel Throwing



Grading mode

Standard letter grades

Total contact hours


Other hours


Recommended preparation

ART 117 and ART 131.

Course Description

Introduces basic wheel throwing skills, simple glaze application and an understanding of fundamental ceramic processes, for students with little or no experience. Includes presentation of historical, cultural and contemporary trends in ceramics. Students should plan on at least one term of this course and one term of Introductory Hand Building before advancing to Intermediate Ceramics and beyond. May be repeated up to 9 credits.

Course learning outcomes

1. Articulate the basic steps necessary in forming a well crafted wheel-thrown vessel.
2. Practice safe handling and use of the raw materials associated with ceramics.
3. Work through the appropriate steps to manipulate a lump of wet clay in order to turn it into a well crafted vessel using wheel forming methods.
5. Glaze pieces of bisqueware successfully and safely using a variety of application techniques.
6. Recognize flaws in construction and suggest solutions to avoid repeating the flaws.
7. Verbally analyze a ceramic item using the elements of structure.

Content outline

  1. Ceramics vocabulary/terminology
  2. Strategies for developing ideas (i.e. experiencing and playing with materials, imagining, dreaming, visualizing, symbolizing, writing, reading, researching, studying historical and cultural examples, sketching, collaborating, discussing)
  3. Strategies for problem solving towards concretions of ideas in ceramic form (i.e. sketches, plans, maquettes, test pieces, models)
  4. Wedging of clay
  5. Centering
  6. Basic forms (cylindar, bowl, lidded vessels)
  7. Trimming
  8. Basic application of glaze
  9. Various decorative techniques (i.e. scraffito, wax resist...)
  10. Historical and contemporary perspectives in Ceramics and their relationship to content and manifestation of ideas

Required materials

Students will need to provide specific materials used in this course, please see the syllabus for a detailed list.

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