Ceramics I

This beginning-level course focuses on the fundamentals of working with clay. The properties of clay, glaze, kilns and various firing methods are introduced. Students are given an overview of hand building techniques, such as pinch, coil, soft and hard slab, and an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Emphasis is placed on the use of formal concepts of sculpture and three-dimensional design, such as line, texture, volume, plane, sense of space, light and shadow. Students participate in discussions and critiques that explore various points of view about the history, theory and practice of creating ceramic art. (Semester, .50 credit; Term course, .50 credit)