Jul 13, 2024  
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024 
    
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ARTS 106 - Ceramic Arts

3 Credits: (2 lecture, 2 lab)

Course Description
This course is designed to develop perceptual, creative, technical, and problem-solving skills in a ceramic arts context.  Elements and principles of design are identified and employed.  Aesthetic judgment and good studio practice are explored and cultivated.

Text
Taylor, Louise. The Ceramics Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques. Chronical Books, 2011. 

Objectives
The student will be able to: 

A. Cite examples of selected basic ceramic world histories and contemporary ceramic art ideas. 

B. Define basic concepts of the ceramics arts.  

C. Differentiate between ranges of basic studio processes. 

D. Apply safe technical applications for a variety of tools and materials in ceramic arts. 

E. Demonstrate perceptual skills for visual component analysis and identification. 

F. Create projects with oral/written communications illustrating a ceramic arts skill base of visual elements and principles. 

G. Identify the relationships between form, content, and function in ceramic arts. 

Content
A. History of ceramic arts 

B. Contemporary ceramic arts 

C. Ceramic arts concepts and vocabulary 

D. Ceramic arts tools and safety 

E. Perceptual skills and ceramic arts 

F. Visual elements and principles of ceramic arts 

G. Form, content, and function in the ceramic arts 

Student Evaluation
A. Quizzes and tests 

B. Quizzes and tests 

C. Quizzes and tests 

D. Safety practice test 

E. Projects and sketchbook performance 

F. Projects, sketchbook performance, and oral presentations 

G.Tests, oral presentations, and journals   

 

Bibliography
Atkin, Jacqui. 250 Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets for Potters: The Indispensable Compendium of Essential Knowledge and Troubleshooting Tips. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 2009. 

Britt, John. The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes. Lark Crafts, 2004.  

Carter, Ben. Mastering the Potter’s Wheel: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Potters. Voyageur Press, 2016. 

Louisa, Taylor. The Ceramics Bible. Chronicle, 2011.  

Muller, Kristin. The Potter’s Studio Handbook. Quarry, 2007.  

Ralf, Reidel, and Chen I-Wei. Ceramics Science and Technology. Wiley VCH, 2010.  

Reason, Emily. Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing. Lark Crafts,  2010.  

Rhodes, Daniel. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Thomas Nelson & Sons,  1974.  

Taylor, Brian. Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 2014. 

Watkins, James. Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques: Raku, Saggar, Pit, Barrel. Lark Crafts, 2006.