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.

Ceramics &

Sculpture 1


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.

Maryjane Carlson 

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.

Nancy Monsebroten

Hosta Bowl

Soft slab textured porcelain bowl

Luke Swain

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. 

Capucine Safir

Narrow Soul

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. 

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.

Columbus North High School Art Department

1400 25th Street, Columbus, IN 47201



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