ART-141: Ceramics 1

Liberal Arts
Art (art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Ceramics 1
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-093 and/or ENG-081 eligible
Catalog Course Description

A beginning course in ceramic materials and form. Covers various hand-building techniques,wheel throwing, basic glazing, and kiln firing.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To provide the beginning construction and glazing skills necessary for a student to design, construct and glaze aesthetically pleasing ceramics and to encourage the development of creative problem solving skills.

Core Course Topics
  1. Coil construction
  2. Pottery design basics
  3. Slab construction
  4. Clay and slip decorating basics
  5. Potter’s wheel basics
  6. Glazing glazes - high fire
  7. Glazing glazes - low fire
  8. Pinching Porcelain
  9. Plaster mixing and carving
  10. Box and lid construction
  11. Animal sculptures
  12. Tile construction
  13. Kiln types
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

1.Construct a pot using coils, pinching, slabs.
2.Construct a simple cylinder and bowl using the potters wheel.
3.Glaze using low fire glazes alone with decorating colored slips.
4.Glaze using high fire glazes.
5.Define a basic vocabulary list pertaining to the operation of making and firing pottery.
6.Explain the basic characteristics of clay and glazes.
7.Contrast the difference between high fire and know low fire clays and glazes.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Evaluation of hands-on projects.
  • Discussions, presentations, and/or demonstration.
  • Critiques.
  • Written quizzes.
  • Final exam.
No "text" required, but students do outside of class research on pottery

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date