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Spring 2017

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ART124 - Ceramics 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Utilizes the potter's wheel and hand building skills to create functional and sculptural ceramics. Emphasizes excelled mastery of clay materials including form, proportion, design, craftsmanship and personal expression. Instruction of making glazes, loading and firing kilns. Reading material, demonstrations, critiques and lectures on ceramic history supplement studio work. Two class hours, two studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 123.

Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course, based on class demonstrations, discussion, presentations and written explanations, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate proficiency in creating a variety of ceramic work using:
a. Potter's wheel
b. Hand building techniques
c. Plaster molds
2. Explain the physical and chemical changes that transform clay and glaze at each stage of the forming, drying and firing process through two examinations
3. Demonstrate knowledge of historic and contemporary examples of functional and sculptural ceramics through two examinations*
4. Design and create a minimum of six projects demonstrating proficiency in the use of clay appropriate to the intermediate level*
5. Critique own work as well as others by using a listing of standard elements
6. Demonstrate competency in glaze chemistry and formulation as shown through oral and written presentations
7. Demonstrate proficiency in loading and firing kilns through oral and written presentations
8. Demonstrate an ability to articulate the concepts and intent of a completed multiple set of artifacts through an independent project documented by a minimum two-page paper

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
1. Overview of studio policies and safety concerns

2. Introduction to kick wheel and electric potter's wheel
a. Wedging clay (especially spiral wedging)
b.Centering on the wheel
c. Use of bats
d. Throwing off the hump

3. Clay and glaze formulation

4. Handles

5. Hand built additions

6. Surface treatments:
a. Use of slip, underglaze, terra sigillata and burnishing, glaze
b. Carving
c. Sprigging
d. Mishima

7. Ceramic forms (wheel thrown and hand built):
a. Cylindrical forms (cups, mugs, vases, pitchers)
b. Bowl forms (bowls, mixing bowls, colanders)
c. Low forms (plates, platters, saucers)
d. Forms with multiple parts (teapots)
e. Stacked forms (larger sculptural work)

8. Use of Plaster for:
a. Hump molds
b. Slump molds
c . Textural molds
d. 2 piece molds

9. Firing techniques:
a. Electric kiln
b. Pit fire
c. Alternative firings at other locations

10. Additional methods may include:
a. Paper Clay
b. Egyptian Paste
c. Low, mid and high temperature firings
d. Found objects

11. Visiting artists and field trips may be part of this curriculum






Effective Term: Fall 2012