Syllabus for Art 127 - Ceramics II





The objective of this course is to broaden the knowledge, skills and sensibilities in working with the ceramic medium. The course will introduce the second semester student to the various advanced techniques and concepts of using clay for creative expression. The student is expected to further develop their skills in various advanced forming methods. Increase their sensitivity to the materials, to aesthetic design, and to further develop individual and imaginative use of the materials.


Lectures, demonstrations, slides, critiques and individual discussions will be the major forms of instruction. Thus, participation is extremely important and will effect your grade. You participate less when you are absent so make sure you attend each class session and stay the entire period. Roll will be taken at the beginning and end of each class. Instructor may drop a student if they have more than three unexcused absences. Academic integrity and honesty is demanded. Civility and mutual respect of student to teachers and teachers to students is required. Student conduct that infringes on academic integrity or creates any hostile environment will be dealt with in accordance to standard college policies and procedures.


The student is expected to spend at least six hours a week working on their ceramics out side of regularly scheduled class time. Do not attempt to work during another class time without obtaining the instructors permission. Lab Hours to be determined. Raku Firing 9-4 Mon. -Thurs. only. All gas kilns must be turned off by 5pm


  1. Completed number of projects which will be evaluated and graded A,B,C,D,F (See project sheet for specifics)

  2. Notebook including drawings of pieces and coloring methods.

  3. 3-accepted 1 full page Gallery reports. Typed double spaced. (See Gallery Report Form)

  4. 15 Glazed Test Tiles. (See glaze problem in handout)

  5. Adequate participation in class (See attendance policy)


10 thrown or bowls, 8" min.


Two Teapots-1 Handbuilt, 1 Thrown or Handbuilt, 8" min.


Shrine or Alter 15" min.


17.5% Time, Action Mold piece, 5 castings


3 Gallery reports, or minus 10% for each one which is not completed


15 Test tiles




90% and above A, 80% and above B, 70% and above C, 60% and above D



Less than minimum clay works-see above

Missing or incomplete Gallery Reports, for each gallery report missing or incomplete [10% is deducted from final %)

Excessive non-attendance, tardys, leaving early-will vary

Plagiarism- Failure


  1. Competition

  2. Development of ideas,

  3. Technical mastery of material or skills

  4. Concepts (your ideas and their relationship to the problem as well as ceramics aesthetics

  5. Creativity

  6. Effort

  7. Involvement

  8. Craftsmanship

  9. Glaze application

All finished projects are due at final critique You must complete all projects, gallery reports and test tiles to receive an A but this completion does not guarantee you and A



Grading is done for the purpose of pointing out strength as well as weakness so that the student can positively benefit from it,


Critique: A project competition due date will be announced in advance, Work will be presented at that time for either individual critique of group critique. Late work will not be accepted for full credit.


  1. You are required to attend all class meetings and remain in class the full class meeting time.

  2. Over three unexcused absences is considered excessive and the instructor has the prerogative of dropping the student from the class for excessive absence's. Automatic drop can occur after three absences.

  3. Four tardies will be considered excessive and can result in automatic drop.

  4. A complete attendance record is kept by the instructor and roll call will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting and at the end of class at the discretion the instructor.


Clean-up of the area is absolutely essential. Please allow sufficient time (but not excessive) at the end of the class meeting to clean up your area (wheels, floor, tables, sinks, etc.,


Please talk to instructor if you see and potential safety hazards. See enclosed "Safety Rules Ceramics" sheet. These rules are to be followed exactly.


No visitors allowed during class time. The scheduled class time belongs to the enrolled student only. Visitors cut into this work time.


No Radios, walkmans, beepers, or cell phones can be turned on in class room


The ceramics department feels very strongly that cheating in any form is unacceptable. Consequence include an F on the project up to a recommendation to the dean for expulsion from the class.


  • Ceramics monthly

  • American Craft

  • Ceramic Perceptions

  • Ceramic Review

  • Various Ceramic Videos


  • work clothes and towel

  • Shoes required, rubber soles, Tennis shoes suggested

  • Tie for long hair

  • Notebook and pen or pencil 81/2 x 11

  • Spray bottle

  • Spoon

  • Fork

  • Container with lid

  • Plastic bucket- 1 gallon available in Bookstore

  • Ceramic Kit which is available in Bookstore

  • Plastic for covering work. soft and clear is best

  • Lock for exterior lockers, interior and exterior locker spaces will be assigned

ALL STUDENTS must have or purchase a respirator before entering the glaze room. NO EXCEPTIONS May be obtained at bookstore approx. $23, "Harbor Freight" $20.00, 1196 E. MAIN, EL CAJON 441-3771, "Parsons Welding Supply" $30.1192 Pioneer Way El Cajon 442-6605 Must have Hepa or and P100 filters


STUDENT CONDUCT Basic courtesy, respect to one another, and common sense serve as a guideline to studio conduct.


FOR ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY; please see your instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.




ART 127


  1. 10 bowls either thrown or handbuilt that are at least 8" wide or tall. The bowls can be utilitarian or sculptural . They could have a narrative or be about pure form and balance. Suggest you make more than 10 for unknown disasters. 17.5%

  2. Two Teapots, 1 Handbuilt, 1 thrown or handbuilt; Make two teapots with the body no less than 8" in one direction. If you choose to make a thrown teapot throw the body, spout and lid, the handle can be hand built in any manner. When making the hand built teapot use any hand building method you choose. Pinch, Coil, Soft Slab, Stiff Slab or Carved. Work at making these pieces, interesting, unique and well crafted. Sketch some ideas first. We are looking for quality here so spend some time on these. 17.5%

  3. Shrine or Alter; 15" min. Make a shrine or alter about something, someone, some place, or some idea. It could be motivated by a political persuasion, an issue, a dream, a memory, an ordeal, anything. You just need to make this read as a shrine. The piece could hang on the wall, sit on the table, it could be the table with objects, hang from the ceiling, attach to the ceiling, or sit on the floor with a decent and interesting presentation. It could be abstract or realistic. 17.5%

  4. Time Action Mold Piece; Make a two piece mold of a non Art object and cast or press it five separate times. Assemble and manipulate the five pieces to communicate a character of motion, action or passage of time. The final piece should be displayed on a pedestal, the wall, or hanging from the ceiling. Just placed on the table is not acceptable. Think of an interesting presentation. 17.5%

  5. 3 Gallery reports; See gallery report form

  6. 15 Glaze Tiles; See glaze report hand out.