Students in Ceramics 1 learn the basics of hand-building, and basic sculpture techniques, as well as learning all about the physical properties of creating forms with clay. Students learn techniques with pinch, coil, slab, and introductory potter's wheel techniques in this semester class. Students learn the entire process of creating a clay form from workable plastic clay to a finished-fired glazed piece. This class is for students wanting an introduction to creating artistic three-dimensional forms.
PROJECTS & CONCEPTS
Natural World - Pinch Construction
Students will use line and color to explore emphasis & contrast to create a unique artwork inspired by the natural world using pinch techniques.
Kath Girdler Engler (1951-2014)
Paper Pulp & Found Object Sculpture
Weathering Forces - Coil Construction
Students will use space, volume and mass to explore movement and balance to create a unique artwork inspired by weathering forces using coil techniques.
Tan Vase with Turquoise Throat
Coiled earthenware clay
Organic Objects - Soft Slab Construction
Students will use texture and light to explore rhythm and balance to create a unique artwork inspired by organic objects using soft slab techniques.
Soft slab textured porcelain bowl
Mountain Rainy Night
Limited Edition Lino Print
Geometric Designs - Basic Printmaking
Students will use line and texture to explore contrast and variety to create a unique series of prints inspired by geometric shapes.
Abstracted Forms - Basic Carving
Students will use space and form to explore balance and rhythm to create a unique artwork inspired by abstracted human forms or gestures.
Carved plaster sculpture
Intro to Potter's Wheel: Throwing
Students will learn the basics of wheel throwing and create two finished pieces with a focus on balance and form.