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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog
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ART 171 - Ceramics I

5 Credits
An introduction to the art and craft of clay. The class will focus on the potters wheel and hand building. Students will be introduced to the history of ceramics, explore conceptual concepts, learn the basics of working in a ceramics studio environment and explore glazing techniques.

Course Note Class clustered with ART 172 and 173 for class limit. Additional lab hours required for day classes.

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day
Fall Day, Evening
Winter Day, Evening
Spring Day, Evening

Designed to Serve Art transfer, vocational and continuing education.
Active Date 20220314T08:29:21

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Humanities Area II
  • Performance

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the studio, tools and materials needed
  • Pottery demonstration 1 - centering.
  • Pottery demonstration 2 - bowls
  • Pottery demonstration 3 - vases
  • Trimming your pots - How to create a foot
  • Bisque firing - What is a bisque fire and how does a electric kiln work
  • Glazing demonstration. How to apply glaze to a project
  • Pinch building demonstration.
  • Glaze firing - What is a glaze fire and how does a gas kiln work
  • Coil building demonstration
  • Slab building demonstration.
  • Final critique -Discuss aesthetics and concepts of a finished project.

Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate forming techniques using a potters wheel and with hand building techniques.

Express conceptual ideas through individual art.

Demonstrating a basic level of control over craftsmanship

Design and construct an original hand built ceramic object.

Communicate effectively using appropriate vocabulary for discussing, evaluating and critiquing ceramics.

Execute safe practices in communal studio environment

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