Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2024

Course Description

This studio course is an introduction to the fundamental techniques and concepts of ceramics. Students will improve visual literacy through several projects employing traditional techniques of wheel throwing, hand building, assemblage, glaze application, and surface treatment techniques. Students will achieve a working knowledge of terms and strategies commonly used in ceramics and in the broader art field. An improvement in 3-Dimensional problem solving will be stressed, as well as deconstructing the 2-Dimensional qualities of sculptural objects. Students will explore concepts addressing social, historical, abstract, and/or cultural ideas. An individual attitude and taste toward ceramic art will be developed by exploring projects that express an individual statement. An awareness of contemporary art ideas will be achieved through independent research, lectures, presentations, and visiting artist’s talks.

Student Outcomes

  • Develop abilities in perception, conception, creative problem-solving, decision-making, risk-taking, and personal expression
  • Identify 3-Dimensional design elements and principles
  • Identify and use a variety of ceramics tools, techniques, and procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop complex and sophisticated ideas through independent research and peer feedback
  • Analyze, critique, and discuss ceramic art in the classroom and in professional practice
  • Cultivate basic ceramic terminology and how to use it intelligently in discussions and critiques
  • Understand the nature of clay, both physically and chemically
  • Gain familiarity with the historical and contemporary ceramics world