ARTS 2346
Introduction to Ceramics

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Course Description: This course is an introduction to clay as a material for making art. We will explore the techniques for both building with clay and throwing on the wheel. We will look at ceramics historically and contemporarily as a medium for exploring three  - dimensional form. 
    2. Any required prerequisites: no
  2. Student Learning Outcomes: The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the techniques used in ceramics so that they can make works of art.  Clay can be a fickle material so a certain level of technical proficiency is required of the student for success in using clay as an art medium.
    1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used in creating with ceramics.
    2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the design principles and elements in critiques of projects and in the aesthetic of their work.
    3. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the vernacular specific to ceramics through participation in discussion, research and critiques.                                                  
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1.  Major Requirement 1: Satisfactorily complete all assigned preparatory work and research (40% of grade)
    2. Major Requirement 2: Complete all assignments staying within specific parameters and submit within the deadlines (40% of grade)
    3. Major Requirement 3: Participate in class discussions and critiques (20% of final grade)
  4.  Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1.  Required Book: Being that I do not require a textbook a sketchbook will be required. The student will work in theses daily to work out ideas for assigned projects. This will be part of their research in preparing for each project. I will look at and grade the work done in the sketchbooks. We will also have ceramic magazines and books in classroom and we will make trips to the library for research.
    2. Required Art Supplies (can be purchased at campus bookstore and/or most grocery stores)
      1. Ceramic tool kit (bookstore)
      2. A bowl to hold water
      3. Knife
      4. Fork
      5. Spoon
      6. Spray bottle
      7. Big Sponge
      8. Leather Gloves
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates
    1. Academic Integrity: Conduct of students which may cast unfavorable reflection upon the college will result in the student receiving disciplinary action for misconduct. Notation of disciplinary actions imposed upon students shall be made a part of the student’s permanent file. Noncompliance with adopted policies and standards of conduct is sufficient cause for disciplinary action, including suspension from college as a final action. Authority for disciplinary action, including suspension from college, is granted to the college administration.  The following are common examples of student misconduct.  
      1. Cheating:
        1. Submitting work that is identical or similar to work you submitted for credit in another class
        2. Allowing another student to do your work for you
        3. Allowing another student to copy your work.
      2. Plagiarism:
        1. Submitting work that is not one’s own without proper citation.
      3. Collusion
        1. Submitting work as your own that was created with the assistance of others.
        2. Completing a quiz with the assistance of another person.
    2. Campus Calendar
    3. Final Exam schedule
    4. How to drop a class
    5. Withdrawal information
    6. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    7. Students with disabilities
    8. For more information call 325-574-7621, visit the Counseling Center located in the LRC or email
  6. Course Organization and Schedule
    1. Weekly Course Schedule
    WEEK 1 Introductions, syllabus, buy supplies, and mix clay.
    Sketchbook assignment start making pinch pots
    WEEK 2 Continue pinch pots, make Terra Sigillata, start burnishing pinch pots.  
    Start on coil pots
    WEEK 3 Continue coil pots; start firing pinch pots in raku kiln.
    Go over reliquary slab assignment. Start working in sketchbooks for this project.
    WEEK 4 Work on reliquary assignment, fire coil pots, critique on pinch and coil pots
    WEEK 5 Continue reliquary assignments. Start talking about portrait bust assignment.
    WEEK 6 Sketchbook assignments for portrait bust. Finishing up reliquary assignment start   
    Firing them.
    WEEK 7 Begin portrait bust assignment, finish firing reliquaries.
    Critique on reliquaries.
    WEEK 8 Work on busts
    WEEK 9 Begin working on the wheel. Go over ten – 10” cylinder assignment
    WEEK 10 Work on the wheel  and portrait busts.
    WEEK 11 Start firing portrait busts, go over chopped up cylinder construction assignment.
    Sketchbook assignment.
    WEEK 12 Finish firing portrait busts, work on wheel and cylinder constructions
    WEEK 13 Portrait bust critique. Work on finishing up all assignments and firing everything.
    WEEK 14 Get everything done and start cleaning up lab. Turn in sketchbooks
    WEEK 15 Start final one on one critiques with all assignments, including the cylinder construction
    project. Clean up.
    WEEK 16 Finish one on one critiques. Everybody takes all his or her work and tools home
    Disclaimer: Schedule and content is subject to change at instructor’s discretion.



Last Modified: August 18, 2015