Course Description:

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:


Wedging/ Thumb Nail Sketching

     -Elements & Principles

     Video Demonstrations:   Part 1   Part 2



Stamp Making- Carved Initials 

     Video Demonstrations:   Part 1   Part 2


Pinch Pot-  Maraca/Snow Globe 

     Video Demonstrations:  Part 1   Part 2


Pinch Pot Archive:

Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

  Press Mold-   Vase  

     Video Demonstrations:  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4  Out Takes   Extras


Press Mold Archive

Spring 2015,  Fall 2015


     Video Demonstrations:   part 1   part 2 


  Digital Photographic Documentation-     

     Video Demonstrations:   part 1   part 2 


Coil Pot-     Egyptian Canopic Jar w/ cap lid

     Video Demonstrations:  Part 1   Part 2  Part 3

Coil Pot Archive:

             Canopic Jar

...sometimes things expolde...

      ...it wasn't my fault...     

Extruded Mug- w/ Pulled Handle

     Video Demonstrations:  Part 1   Part 2

 Extruder Archive: