Ceramics II

ARTS 2347

Updated December 06, 2010

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

Catalog Description

A continuation of the basic ceramic processes.  More skilled projects will be introduced, including hand building, glazing, and firing procedures.

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 advanced  Hand-building methods as an alternative to the potter’s wheel.
  4. To compare and use different clay bodies and their properties 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 and use different  clay bodies-porcelain and terracotta.
  2. Demonstrate the correct technique in wedging clay.
  3. Demonstrate advanced pinch, coil, slab, extruded, and wheel work through assigned projects.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced 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 of work.
  8. Exhibit works in an exhibition.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

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 in an advanced assignment.
  4. Learners will use the coil method to create a pot in an advanced assignment.
  5. Learners will use the slab method to create a pot in an advanced assignment.
  6. Learners will use the wheel method to create a pot in an advanced assignment.
  7. Learners will use the extruder in an advanced assignment.
  8. Learners will use the slab roller in an advanced assignment.
  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 .

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Learners will meet in lab for lecture, demonstration, discussion, video, Critique, and quiz.


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

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