Students who successfully complete Ceramics I will:
- Understand basic information about the clay medium: the raw materials which make clay
and the characteristics of clay-colors, maturing temperatures, shrinkage, and plasticity.
- Comprehend and be able to use the basic vocabulary terms of ceramics.
- Be aware of the health hazards of working with some of the raw materials used with
ceramics and know what precautions to take to work safely with those materials.
- Understand, be able to recognize and know the possibilities and limitations of working
with clay at its various stages between wet and dry.
- Be able to work through the appropriate steps to manipulate a lump of wet clay in
order to turn it into a well-crafted vessel using the forming methods of slab, hollowing
and coil individually and in combinations.
- Be able to successfully and safely glaze pieces of bisqueware using a variety of application
- Be able to recognize flaws in construction and suggest solutions to avoid repeating
- Be able to identify predominate elements of structure in a given example of ceramic
- Be able to verbally analyze a ceramic item using the elements of structure.
- Be able to sketch an idea for a piece that indicates proportion, scale and method
of construction, and to execute the idea in a well-crafted manner.
- Participate with the class in a service-learning project by facilitating the production of ceramic bowls by community groups, (Boys & Girls Club, Senior citizens, High Schools).