Advanced Ceramics


Course Description: 


The course is divided into two major areas:

   1.)Hand-building; and

   2.)throwing on the potter’s wheel

Hand-building includes the basic techniques necessary for the construction of pinch pot, coil pot, press mold pot, etc.; including a variety of decorative effects. 

Throwing on the potter’s wheel includes both utilitarian forms, such as bowls, vases, teapots, etc., as well as sculptural forms. 


Various glazing techniques are presented to the student as a means of finishing and decorating ceramic forms. 


Craftsmanship, design quality, and sound construction, along with a familiarity of the tools and terminology is the central focus of the course. 


Course/State Objections and Descriptions:

This Course is designed to provide a fundamental experience in ceramic design and provide an outlet for expression.  A knowledge of three-dimensional design is important in the making of ceramic forms because it allows us to intensify our powers of perception (i.e., the visual and facile sense).  Ceramics provides the student with a chance to invent and express original ideas through a highly tactile medium.  Backed with historical to present day artists, the student is assured uniqueness by imposing his or her own order to the material.  Our principle target is creative, conceptual problem-solving, achieved through an awareness and facility and knowledge of design. 


Semester/Project Outline: 

-Elements & Principles the Whichford Pottery gang...

  Digital Photographic Documentation



Social Media Journal-

Please post a picture once a week of your working.

Please write a sentence or two about what you’re doing….

Tag me, and using the hashtag #madeatsandburg

Tweeter @SandburgArt    BookFace@ SandburgArtDepartment

Insta@mccabeclay  & @sandburgartdepart

The Social Media Journal is intended to create a student record of their adventures in art through pictures and text, and to create community awareness of the amazing things we’re creating here at Sandburg!

 Video Demonstrations:   part 1   part 2 


“What glaze is?”:

Glaze is a clay blend, more similar to glass than clay, which is added to the surface of a (bisque fired) constructed form, fired in the kiln, and fused to the form.

Underglaze Demonstration:

What is Underglaze?  

How to apply underGlaze

glaze Demonstration:

What is glaze?  

How to apply Glaze

Extra Vids: (the techinques below are more geared towards painting with UNderglazes!)

          Bubbles!     Rolling     Gallaxy      Ombre          

Advanced Peeps

The Potter’s Wheel:  ​

     Bowl Form- 

          video demonstration: part 1 

     Cylinder Form- 

          video demonstration: part 1 

Tea Set Project:

  • Thumb Nail Sketching- 50 points

  • Tea Set-  200 points 

Video Demo:   ​


Amy Konaszewski, "Heart Fountain"

                 -Independent Study

Artist Bio's-     

Ryan Michel-    vid1, vid2

Steven Hill-       vid1, vid2, vid3, vid4,     


Ayumi Horie-    vid1, vid2, vid3, vid4, vid5


Dick Lehman-    vid1, vid2, vid3,


Lorna Meadenvid1, vid2, vid3, vid4,

George Ohr-       vid1,

Justin Rothshankvid1, vid2, vid3

Brett Kern-       vid1vid2

Tim Kowalczyk- vid1

"Make ART everyday!" 

13300 S. LaGrange Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462

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