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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ART 45B.
Advisory: Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ART 45L; 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)

Description -
Provides intermediate level instruction in clay processes covering intermediate wheel-throwing methods, glazing, decorating, and firing procedures. Explores technical problem solving, and creative design.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate intermediate clay processes using the potters' wheel.
  2. Manipulate thrown forms on and off the wheel.
  3. Demonstrate competency in various glazing and finish firing techniques.
  4. Grasp basic understanding of material management from plastic wet to finished fired.
  5. Solve technical construction problems that involve forming clay on the wheel.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Potters' wheel, cone 10 clay, glaze materials, high fire gas kiln, and basic ceramic tool kit.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Altered wheel-thrown forms
    1. faceting
    2. darting
    3. low-relief carving
    4. paddling (squaring)
    5. surface pattern design, texture, and erosion techniques.
  2. Pouring vessels
    1. teapots with hand-built, pulled, and thrown spouts
    2. pitchers with hand-built, thrown, and pulled handles
  3. Lidded jars
    1. inset-lid (flange on the jar)
    2. flange-lid (flange on the lid)
    3. thrown and hand-built finials, knobs, and handles
  4. Vases
    1. historical recreation
    2. textured and stretched
    3. smooth / clean-line
    4. sectional (two or more pieces combined to create a larger form)
    5. coil-thrown, coil rim additions
  5. Bowls
    1. mixing bowl
    2. batter bowl
    3. soup bowl
    4. tea bowl (Winter and Summer design)
    5. shallow / flared bowl
  6. Glazing
    1. wax resist pattern techniques
    2. taping / masking
    3. glaze spraying / layering
  7. Firing
    1. high fire reduction
    2. raku firing
    3. soda/vapor glazing
    4. saggar firing
Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation will be by critique of finished pieces based on principles presented in class. All pieces to be graded by instructor.
Additional evaluation criteria:
  1. Craftsmanship, attention to detail, and problem solving ability.
  2. On-time completion of the projects
  3. Participation in class activities, discussions, and demonstrations
  4. Museum report
  5. Studio responsibilities and maintenance
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 presented in class. 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 -
Depending on regional museum or gallery exhibitions applicable to course content given in Art 46B, students will have to write a gallery report on a specific art work in the show or a series of art works of their choice. Students will write on form, surface, finishing techniques, perceived conceptual content, and their overall feeling of the chosen work(s).