Ceramics II – Intermediate Handbuilding
Instructor: Megan Mitchell
Mon. and Thurs. from 1pm – 3:20 pm
Office hours: Wed 9am – 12pm, or by appointment, lower Appletree
Course description and objectives:
This intermediate level ceramics course will focus on creating functional and sculptural ceramic objects using a variety of handbuilding techniques. There will be an emphasis on idea development through research and drawing, and on the successful execution of these ideas. This course will prepare students for a more independent exploration of ceramics. As well, students will be introduced to skills needed to operate a studio, including clay and glaze preparation, and firing techniques.
Lab Fee: $95. This fee covers all clay, glaze materials and firing costs.
Mandatory: Sketchbook, plastic bucket, large and small sponges, basic clay tools (please purchase a tool kit from the book store if you don’t have one already), exacto knife, ruler and tape measure, plastic bags, scissors, surform rasp.
Additional materials may be required for some projects.
You will complete five projects this semester; most of the projects will require multiple pieces. We will be working on large scale work. It is important to work consistently. Do not procrastinate! With the exception of Project 1, each project will be introduced with a slide lecture and a handout with detailed information on requirements and deadlines.
Project 1 – Carved coil pots
Project 2 -- Vessels, three ways
Project 3 – The Symbolic Object
Project 4 – The Narrative Figure
Project 5 – Independent final project and presentation
Your sketchbook should be used to document all of your research for the semester. It can be complemented by a virtual sketchbook (ie flash drive, flickr site). You may use your sketchbook in a variety of ways and should consider how it can be most useful to you. There is no right way to keep a sketchbook as long as you are keeping one! But some things to do with it include: take notes from class, write down artists or work you are looking at, sketches and plans for assignments, glue in photographs or photocopies.
This course consists of 100 points, which will be divided as follows:
Attendance and class participation – 25 points
Project 1: 10 points
Project 2: 15 points
Project 3: 15 points
Project 4: 15 points
Project 5: 20 points
Within each project, the grade will be determined by
-fulfillment of assignment requirements
-work in sketchbook and other research
-conceptualization and design of project
-quality of construction and attention to detail
Students will find it necessary to spend at least five hours a week each week outside of class to complete all assignments. This class will also require participation in firings outside of the scheduled class time. Attendance is extremely important for this class; more than two unexcused absences will negatively affect your grade. If you will miss class because of religious, family or medical reasons, please let me know with as much advance notice as possible.
Participation in this class requires cleanliness and good studio etiquette. Please be considerate of others who use the studio, and treat the studio as a work space. Cell phone use is not permitted during class time and computer use is restricted to research for class projects. Each student will be assigned studio cleaning tasks on a rotating basis throughout the semester.