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2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

ART 160 - Ceramics I

Credits: 5
LEC hours per week: 3
LAB hours per week: 4
An introduction of fundamental skills and methods needed to create a variety of ceramics. While many hand building methods are learned, wheel throwing is at the center of this class. The emphasis is on proper wheel throwing techniques to achieve a ten inch cylinder, bowl, and vase. Theory, history, aesthetics, design principles and glaze making are all discussed. Creating rich, colorful and varied decorative surfaces are demonstrated at the green ware stage while many glazing and firing techniques are explored. Personal creativity is always emphasized. Lab hours required and materials to be purchased.
Course Outcomes:
  • Explain and apply major terms, vocabulary, methods, concepts, and theories relevant to painting.
  • Recognize and apply proper health and safety protocol.
  • Explain ceramics history and analyze how it affects the way we work today.
  • Construct clay projects using hand building techniques.
  • Utilize a variety of techniques for surface decoration.
  • Throw a clay project showing increased mastery of the potter’s wheel.
  • Practice proper glazing techniques.
  • Participate in different firing methods, comparing and contrasting the results.
  • Demonstrate ethical and responsible use of media and information.
Course Topics:
  1. Terminology of Ceramics
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Introduction to Ceramics Tools and Equipment
  4. History. How the history of pottery affects the way we work today.
  5. Hand Building Techniques. Coil, Slab, Pinch, Paddle.
  6. Introduction to Wheel Throwing
  7. Design Principles & Application to 3-D Pottery
  8. Surface Decoration
  9. Glaze Chemistry
  10. Firing Methods
  11. Ethical and responsible use of media and information
Course Attribute(s): Humanities/Perf Arts