ART 122: Ceramics II

Class Program
Degree Code
Humanities Performance/Skill
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 44 Lab Hours 22

Ceramics II continues in experiments and design in clay applied to pottery and sculpture by throwing on the pottery wheel, glazing and kiln firing.


ART 121 or instructor permission.

Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. The students will demonstrate knowledge of basic processes involved in making raw clay into finished objects.
  2. The students will be able to wedge, form clay by throwing methods and apply glaze.
  3. The students will create 6-12 well conceived and executed pieces by the end of the class.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of three-dimensional form.
  5. Apply design elements and principles to pottery form.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge of throwing on the wheel.
  7. Demonstrate proper glazing techniques and decorative processes.
Course Content Outline
  1. Preparation for ceramics
    1. Exercise in clay - stoneware
    2. Wedging the clay
    3. Tools and equipment
    4. Clay bodies - stoneware, porcelain, and earthenware
  2. Clay construction
    1. Center clay on the wheel
    2. Throw a plate, bowl, and a cup
  3. Decorative processes and glazes
    1. Slip decoration - (engobes)
    2. Glaze color
    3. Overglaze
    4. Glaze mixing and application
  4. Firing the kiln
    1. Lecture for pottery firing
  5. Critique after each project
Department Guidelines
PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.