Ceramics I

ARTS 2346

  • State Approval Code: 5007115126
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 96

Catalog Description

An introduction to ceramic processes and their basic materials and techniques.  Hand building, glazing and firing procedures are covered. 3-3-3

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

  1. To apply the importance of form for functional and decorative pieces.
  2. To demonstrate a sharpening of aesthetic judgment.
  3. To use a Hand-build method as an alternative to the potter’s wheel.
  4. To compare the different properties of clay and clay bodies and their potential in clay work.
  5. To demonstrate a competency in clay preparation for clay work.
  6. To demonstrate wheel techniques.
  7. To demonstrate varied decorating and glazing techniques.
  8. To identify types of kilns and the steps to firing.
  9. To define and apply ceramic terminology.
  10. To develop an aesthetic judgment.

Specific Course Objectives

After studying the presented material in class, the learner should be able to complete all behavioral/learning objectives listed below.

  1. Recognize the different properties of clay.
  2. Demonstrate the correct technique in wedging clay.
  3. Demonstrate pinch, coil, slab, extruded, and wheel work through assigned projects.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of glaze techniques-wax resist, sgrafitto, engobes, slip trailing, etc.
  5. To demonstrate skills in loading, firing, and unloading the kiln.
  6. To define and apply ceramic terminology used in work.
  7. Participate in a Group Critique.
  8. Exhibit works in an exhibition.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Learners in Ceramics I will be require to do all the following:

  1. Learners will discuss properties of clay.
  2. Learners will demonstrate the correct way to wedge clay.
  3. Learners will use the pinch method to create a pot.
  4. Learners will use the coil method to create a pot.
  5. Learners will use the slab method to create a pot.
  6. Learners will use the wheel method to create a pot.
  7. Learners will use the extruder.
  8. Learners will use the slab roller.
  9. Learners will demonstrate a knowledge of glazing techniques-wax resist, sgrafitto, slip trailing, engobes.
  10. Learners will load, fire, and unload the kiln.
  11. Learners will exhibit works of art.
  12. Learners will participate in a Group Critique.
  13. Learners will complete a vocabulary quiz .


Students will be graded on the following.  Quality of work without consideration to the work of others, Creativity, Completion of Assignments, Clean-up, and Quiz.

Projects:  75%

Quiz:  10%  Vocabulary Quiz

Group Critique:  10%  At the end of the semester each student will choose one work to submit to a group critique.

Art Exhibit:  5% Each student will display one work in the Ceramic Art Exhibition.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

No Text, Pottery Tool Kit, Towel, Rolling pin, and spray bottle

Attendance: After 2 absences a student may be dropped from the class.

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