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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ART 45A or 45B.
Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Ceramic Surface 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 technical proficiency in utilizing the five types of firing techniques including electric kiln oxidation, low-fire soda, luster/decal firing, raku, and pit/saggar firing.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to glaze or prepare the surface appropriately for each type of firing.
Description -
Studio practice in the glazing and firing of ceramic pieces using four low-temperature methods: electric kiln oxidation firing, luster firing, raku firing and pit firing.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate technical ability in using the four types of firing techniques.
  2. demonstrate the ability to glaze appropriately for each of the types of firing.
  3. understand basic glaze properties, and how to formulate and alter these properties to fit their artistic purposes.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Raku kiln, electric kiln, glaze mixing room, an off campus pit-firing location.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
The instructor will lecture, demonstrate, use audio-visual aids, and present projects for students to do. Topics to be covered are:
  1. Pre-firing preparation: burnishing, bisque-firing, and glazing.
  2. Firing: oxidation, luster, raku, pit.
Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation will be by critique of fired pieces by using criteria presented in class. Pieces to be graded by instructor.
Representative Text(s) -
Chavarria, Joaquim, The big book of Ceramics, A guide to history, materials and techniques of hand-building, throwing, molding, kiln-firing, glazing pottery and other ceramic objects, Watson-Guptill

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips.
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.