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|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: |
- demonstrate technical ability in using the four types of firing techniques.
- demonstrate the ability to glaze appropriately for each of the types of firing.
- 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: |
- Pre-firing preparation: burnishing, bisque-firing, and glazing.
- 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. |