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
Kathleen Girdler Engler (1951-2014)
Paper Pulp & Found Object Sculpture
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.
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 repetition 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 Printed Designs - Line & Texture
Students will use line and texture to explore contrast and variety to create a unique series of prints inspired by geometric shapes.
Carved plaster sculpture
Carved Forms - Balance & Rhythm
Students will use space and form to explore balance and rhythm to create a unique artwork using carving techniques.