The Level 1 Ceramic student will master all three hand building techniques (Coil, Slab, and Pinch) and will learn how to use the Expressive Features and Characteristics of Design to enhance their artwork. Students will learn about various contemporary artists from different cultures and their techniques. Students must keep a notebook which computes into their final grade. Students will turn in artist statements and critiques for each assignment.

Summer Homework
Find an image of a professional ceramic artwork created by a contemporary ceramic artist. On one page, insert the image and below the image write a 5-7 sentence paragraph discussing why the piece interests you, how you can be inspired by the artwork, and what you would want to make in this class. This is due on the first day of school. Double space, 12 pt font.



Make up work

Were you absent on a day we did a critique? IF AND ONLY IF your absence is EXCUSED are you allowed to do the make up assignment.
  1. Find 5 different contemporary ceramic artists who did the same type of project that we just completed (Tea pot set, tea bowl, slab box, etc) For each artist write a 1 page critique on your favorite artwork by them. Include what you like, what you dont like, and if you were the artist what would you do different. also include an image, name of artist, title, and year (title and year if you can find it). DOUBLE SPACE, 12 pt font. YOU MAY NOT EMAIL THIS TO ME.

Syllabus/Parent Letter


Clay Body Vocabulary:
Bone Dry Clay- Light grey clay body which is ready to be BISQUE fired. Most fragile stage of clay.
Bisque Fire- The first firing schedule
Bisque Ware- Clay has been bisque fired. Clay is white and hard. Glaze is applied to bisque ware
Leather Hard Clay- Dark grey clay body that can be formed, carved into, sculpted, and clay can be added to leather hard clay by slipping and scoring and blending a coil.
Glaze Fire- The second and final firing schedule
Glaze ware- The most strongest clay body. Clay is now functional or used as a sculpture. Artwork is completed finished. Glaze will either be shiny or matte.


How to Glaze when Dipping your piece (1 color)
1. Sand piece with sandpaper and wipe piece off with a clean sponge
2. Wax foot. WASH BRUSH IN HOT WATER
3. Using the whisk mix glaze bucket. make sure to stir on bottom and sides of bucket. CLEAN WHISK IN HOT WATER
4. Using tongs dip piece into glaze bucket for 1.5 SECONDS. CLEAN TONGS IN HOT WATER
5. Close glaze bucket
5. Wipe off glaze from wax with a clean sponge
6. Place artwork in "To be Glaze Fired" cabinet

SEMESTER 1 Assignments and Power Points


Wedging clay tutorial video
We use the rams head technique for wedging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWIbe97p5aA

How to make a pinch pot power point


Negative Space Power Point


In Progress Critique Questions *This list will be modified as the year progresses


How to make a coil pot power point


Flower Bud Vase Power Point


How to make a Slab Box Power Point


Mixed Media Slab Box Power Point.




SEMESTER 2 Assignments and Power Points!


Wedging clay tutorial video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWIbe97p5aA

Tea Bowl Assignment Power Point


Native American Inspired Vase Power Point


Face Mug (Slab) Power Point


Tea Pot Set Power Point


Gargoyle Power Point

Nature Vase Power Point