The objective of this course is to further broaden the knowledge, skills and sensibilities in working with the ceramic medium. The course will continue to introduce the fourth 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
Completed number of projects which will be evaluated and graded A,B,C,D,F (See project
sheet for specifics)
Notebook including drawings of pieces and coloring methods.
3-accepted 1 full page Gallery reports. Typed double spaced. (See Gallery Report Form)
15 Glazed Test Tiles. (See glaze problem in handout)
Adequate participation in class (See attendance policy)
SPECIFIC CLASS REQUIREMENTS and %'s FOR ART 128
Own proposed work
Shrine or Alter 15" min.
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
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.
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.
RECOMMENDED READING AND VIEWING: (available in Library)
Various Ceramic Videos
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
Basic courtesy, respect to one another, and common sense serve as a guideline to studio conduct.
please see your instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.
Own proposed work; Since 35% of your grade is based on this work focus on a few processes,
techniques or themes which interests you. Create between 3 and 300 pieces depending
on the time involved. Ask instructor whether the number is acceptable and turn in
a written proposal. Work on a narrow focus and begin to develop your own unique style.
Example would be hand built teapots with a specific glazing style. (check with instructor)
6 ft. Modular sculpture; Working in modular units no larger than 12" make a 6ft. modular
sculpture that either attaches to the wall, sits on the floor, hangs from the ceiling,
or sits on a table. It could also attach to something else which is then attached
to the wall or it could be strung over a pole, wire, rope. The piece should have some
kind of content or thought behind it. It could be narrative but it doesn't need to
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%
3 Gallery reports; See gallery report form
15 Glaze Tiles; See glaze report hand out.