In this introductory class students learn the basic methods of working with clay as an artistic medium. Construction techniques include: pinch, coil, slab and extruded forms which emphasize aspects of both functional and decorative forms. Students are exposed to the potter’s wheel and learn to create objects that are personally meaningful. Students gain an understanding of and appreciation for slips, under-glazes, low and high-fire glazes. Alternative firing methods such as pit-firing and raku may be explored. Students discover the joys of working with an expressive medium and complete most assignments during class; however, they may occasionally need to spend time working in the studio beyond the regular class time. Student progress is measured by excellence in craftsmanship, use of class time, creativity in solving assignments, and through maintaining a blog with entries reflecting their understanding of techniques, gauging their skill development, and documenting their growth as an artist.
Ceramics II uses an artist model as students investigate a wide range of contemporary artists for inspiration while curricular emphasis is placed on mastery of throwing on the potter’s wheel and advanced hand-building techniques. Students are expected to consider aspects of form and volume while creating work that becomes more sculptural, utilizing positive and negative space. Students experiment with a variety of surface treatments like: sgraffito, water etching, slip trailing and explore glazing techniques like: line blends, dipping and pouring, and wax resist. Students are expected to complete assignments in class; however, they occasionally may need to spend personal time working in the studio, checking on a drying piece, trimming a foot, or photographing work for their blog. Student progress is measured through a demonstrated excellence in craftsmanship, use of class time, creativity in solving assignments, and through maintaining a blog with entries reflecting their understanding of techniques, gauging their skill development and documenting their personal growth as a clay artist.