Ceramics involves the use of fundamental design principles and skills to construct clay forms, some of which are utilitarian in purpose and others, which are most sculptural in nature. Design problems are presented to the student enabling him/her to develop creative ideas into ceramic forms through the use of basic design concepts, skills, and techniques.
Course/State Objectives and Descriptions:
This course is designed to provide a fundamental experience in ceramic design and provide an outlet for expression. Knowledge of three-dimensional design is important in the making of ceramic forms because it allows us to intensify our powers of perception. 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 of design.
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 Outline and Schedule:
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
Stamp Making- Carved Initials
Students will plan, shape, and carve their initials into clay making a tool which they will USE sign their pottery.
Signature Tile- with underglaze!
Video Demonstrations: How to use the Slab Roller!
Face MUG- with Pulled Handle
Students will learn how to use the slab roller, prep slabbed clay, and drape it around a cylinder form to take its shape. Students will then learn how to “pull” a handle and attach it to their cylinder body to make a mug form. We will also discuss alteration techniques such as “darting” to change the shape and take their mug to a new level!
Part 3: Part 4: Attaching the Handle
“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.
Extra Vids: (the techinques below are more geared towards painting with UNderglazes!)
Coil Pot- Egyptian Canopic Jar w/ cap lid
...sometimes things expolde...
...it wasn't my fault...
After studying Egyptian Canopic Jar Sets, students form small groups and develop a unifying theme. From there they pull their own ideas; design and construct their jar using the coil method.
Press Mold- Vase
Students will use a preformed bowl as a mold to form the two halves of their vase. Before assembling the body of the vase, students will learn a faux version of wheel throwing by using the banding wheel to make the “foot” and “neck” of the vase. After these parts are made, the body will be assembled and decorated.
Clay Sources in the Chicagoland Area!
In our studio, here at Sandburg, we use
We purchase our clay from:
This is my buddy Carl Mankert who does our equipment repair. He's a great resource for answering general clay questions, making connections to people and equipment, and generally knows everything!