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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ART 45A and 45B.
Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Ceramic Construction family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will be able to demonstrate advanced technical competency in hand- building techniques including coil, slab, wafer and pinch methods.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate advanced technical competency in wheel throwing techniques including centering, opening, gathering, collaring, pulling, and shaping methods.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate advanced technical competency in glazing these works utilizing demonstrated techniques such as pouring, dipping, spraying, masking and layering.
Description -
Laboratory practice in throwing advanced forms on the potter's wheel, combining hand-built and wheel-thrown forms, glazing these forms, and understanding kiln loading and firing procedures.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate competency in creating advanced hand-built forms.
  2. demonstrate technical competency in throwing advanced forms on the potter's wheel
  3. demonstrate creative ability by combining hand-built and wheel-thrown forms.
  4. demonstrate competency in glazing these works.
  5. solve technical construction issues such as slumping and cracking that arise with wheel throwing and hand-building processes.
  6. demonstrate increased visual awareness by presenting and discussing three dimensional ceramic projects.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clay, ceramic extruder, slab roller, kilns, glaze materials, sculpting tools, banding wheels, spray booth, potters wheel.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
The instructor will present projects for the students to do and will expand upon these projects by demonstrating, lecturing, and using visual aids. Examples of topics covered: teapots, large forms, sets of three, and combination hand-built/wheel-thrown forms.
Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation will be by critique of works in progress and finished pieces using criteria of design and technique presented in class. All assigned projects will be graded by the instructor.
Representative Text(s) -
There is no required text for this class. The in classroom library will provide a variety of historical, contemporary, and technical ceramic books for student use.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
Supervised studio practice in ceramic processes, related to assignments, skills, and materials. Students work independently, with individual guidance from an instructor on a need or request basis.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Not applicable.