ART 253 : Ceramics: Intermediate Ceramics

Transcript title

Ceramics: Intermediate Ceramic



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Standard letter grades

Total contact hours


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Recommended preparation

ART 121 and ART 122.

Course Description

Enhances ceramic hand building and wheel throwing skills. Continued focus on complex thrown and hand built forms with attention to design elements, as well as the understanding of glaze formulation, testing and kiln firing. Includes presentation of historical, cultural and contemporary trends in ceramics. Independent development of a unique body of work, for presentation/exhibition, is expected. May be repeated up to 9 credits.

Course learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate basic information about the clay medium: the raw materials that make clay and the characteristics of clay--‐colors, maturing temperatures, shrinkage, and plasticity.
2. Articulate the basic vocabulary terms of ceramics.
3. Practice safe handling and use of the raw materials associated with ceramics.
4. Work through the appropriate steps to manipulate a lump of wet clay in order to turn it into a well-crafted sculpture or vessel using hand building and wheel throwing techniques, individually and in combination.
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. Identify predominant elements of structure in a given example of ceramic work.
8. Verbally analyze a ceramic item using the elements of structure.
9. Sketch an idea of a piece that indicates proportion, scale and method of construction, and to execute the idea in a well-crafted manner.

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. Form and Content
  5. Materials and meaning
  6. Various decorative techniques (i.e. scraffito, wax resist...)
  7. Methods of glaze application
  8. Design elements used to create ceramic form: point, line, plane, texture, shadow, light, value, color, volume, mass, etc.
  9. Relationships of design elements/principles (e.g. proportion, scale, interrelationship of shapes, relative value and color, quality of texture, etc.)
  10. Differentiation of clay bodies, their physical and historical traits, composition, preparation and utilization.
  11. Proper safety/health equipment and procedures in working with ceramics.
  12. Energy sources and their inherent effect on the clay, glaze and kiln.Cognitive and practical awareness of the firing options (e.g. bisque, gas reduction, oxidation, raku, pit-fire, wood, soda, salt, luster, low-fire, etc.
  13. 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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