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Ceramics 1: Hand Building

Credits: 3
Course Number: 10-815-200

Course Description

10-815-200 CERAMICS 1: HAND BUILDING ...With a focus on developing the foundational techniques and skills used to work with clay, students will practice wedging, pinching forms, building with coils, creating patterns for slab-assembly of 3-dimensional objects, applying texture, utilizing slip in a decorative manner, principal glazing practices, and the process of reclaiming clay. Students will study contemporary and historical ceramic artwork and techniques, including the Kurinuki subtractive technique, and learn the process of ceramic art from bag of clay to finished object. Studio safety and basic knowledge about firing processes will also be covered.

Course Typically Offered

  • Fall
  • Spring

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What will I learn?

  1. Wedge 3 lbs. of clay into a uniform mass
  2. Pinch-form a bowl, plate, and cup
  3. Build a coiled pot equal to or greater than 6-inches high
  4. Create a paper pattern for slab-assembling a 3-dimensional piece
  5. Identify methods used to construct historical work
  6. Explore Kurinuki subtractive technique
  7. Demonstrate slip decorating techniques
  8. Re-create a contemporary or historical ceramic object
  9. Describe the process of ceramic art - from bag of clay to finished object
  10. Glaze a ceramic object
  11. Reclaim clay into workable consistency