Art 10a: Cultural History of Ceramics



Units Course Hours per Week Nbr of Weeks Course Hours Total
Maximum 3.0 Lecture 3.0 17 Lecture 51.0
Minimum 3.0 Lab 3.0 Lab 51.0
Contact DHR 0.0 Contact DHR 0.0
Contact Total 6.0 Contact Total 102.0

Non-contact DHR 0.0 Non-contact DHR 0.0

Title 5 Category: 01 AA DEGREE APPLICABLE
Grading: GR Grade Only
Repeatability: 00 ONE REPEAT IF GRADE WAS D, F, OR NC

Catalog Description:
An introduction to the historical developments and cultural influences of ceramic art. Development of a personal expression is realized through the combination of historical elements, observation and actual creations in clay.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories: No advisories.

Methods of Instruction:

Lectures, discussion, reading, media presentation, and demonstration. Slides and videos will be used weekly. In class discussion, oral and written critiques are used for peer and instructor feedback. Students must fulfill 18 hrs studio time and additional 36 hrs outside of class. Students will be given choice of assignments, either paper or projects. (Grade only)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. (CAN ART 6)

CSU Transfer: TRANSFERABLE - CSU Effective: SPRING 1975 Inactive:

UC Transfer: TRANSFERABLE - UC Effective: SPRING 1975 Inactive:

Course Learning Outcomes:
1. The student will describe the terminology of ceramics.
ILO: 3,1
Measure: tests, discussion, critiques
2. The student will recognize the unique contributions various
cultures have made to ceramic history.
ILO: 3,1,6,2
Measure: tests, discussion, critiques
3. The student will apply appropriate and effective ceramic design.
ILO: 5,6,2,7
Measure: project
4. The student will utilize safe and proper techniques and procedures
for ceramic production
ILO: 3,2,7
Measure: project, demonstration
5. The student will recognize the forms and conventions of ceramic
ILO: 2,1,4,5
Measure: oral and written critiques
6. The student will create a unique, personal communication and
effectively use the ceramic Measure: medium of expression.
ILO: 5,1,6,7
Measure: project
7. The student will appraise and criticize ceramic works created by
his peers and himself.
ILO: 2,1,5,4,6
Measure: oral critiques, written critiques

Topics and Scope:
Introduction to course, text, materials, assignments, and evaluation
methods, all due dates for written assignments. Tool usage. Lecture
to pre-history of clay, basic ceramic chemistry and processes. Pinch
pots demonstrated. Homework: reading assignments
Objectives: Students will read handouts, obtain necessary tools, clay,
and textbook and glaze notebook required for class. Students will make
pinch pots.
Unit 1: The Americas and Africa. Lectures and slides on ancient
ceramics from these regions. Demonstrations: coiling, burnishing,
safety and toxics, studio management. Demonstrate decorating
techniques, throwing and trimming bowl and cup forms on the wheel,
handle making. Homework: reading assignments, study guide
preparation, begin glaze notebooks and sketch journal.
Objectives: Students will discuss slides, ask questions of lecture,
and describe their interpretations of readings and historical
information. They will build coil and pinch pots, burnish, and
decorate them in a traditional, primitive manner. Students may also
begin throwing on the wheel.
Unit test. Demonstrations of glazing, throwing cylinder on wheel.
Unit two reading assignments given. Homework: reading assignments,
glaze notebooks, sketch journal.
Objectives: Students will view slides, record key points of lectures,
and contribute to classroom discussion. They will take a written test
and practice wheel work and work on coil/pinch pots assigned from unit
Unit 2: The Mediterranean. Lectures and slides on ceramics from
Egypt, Crete, Greece, the Etruscans, and the Roman Empire.
Demonstrations: bas relief, wheel, molds. Assignment of research
paper. Pit firing, weather permitting. Homework: reading
assignments, sketch journal, glaze notebooks. Begin researching paper.
Objectives: Students will record key points of lecture, discuss the
readings and historical information. They will continue with coil and
wheel work and begin the use of molds using slabs of clay. Research
for writing will be done with office texts, library, and internet.
Students will glaze pots and experiment with decorating techniques.
Students may participate in pit firing. They will take a written test.
9-11 WEEK 15 HOURS
Unit 3: Ceramics of Asia. Lectures and slides of Chinese, Korean, and
Japanese ceramics. Demonstrations: overglaze painting, rigid and soft
slab construction, wheel, porcelain, and history of Raku and
demonstration of Raku techniques. Homework: reading assignments,
sketch journal, glaze notebooks, write paper.
Objectives: Students will record key points of lectures, participate
in classroom discussions, and work on their assigned projects. They
will write research papers. They will apply the information and
techniques learned from the demonstrations to make the assigned
projects. Students will take a written unit test.
Midterm oral critiques, studio work. Homework: reading assignments,
sketch journal, glaze notebooks, write paper.
Objectives: Each student will participate in either an all-class
critique or a small group critique, in which the student describes,
shows, and explains his/her work orally. Peers give feedback and ask
Gallery visit, oral critiques, studio work. Introduction to sculpture,
with slides of contemporary work. Homework: visit a gallery and write
a criticism of the work.
Objectives: Students will participate in oral critiques if not
earlier. Students will also visit a gallery and observe three-
dimensional works. They will then write a one page paper describing
and criticizing these works. They will also view the slides of
sculpture in preparation for their own projects.
WEEK 14-17 20 HOURS
Unit 4: Ceramics of Europe and the Unites States, and the Worldwide
View. Lectures and slides of historical works from Europe and the US.
Globalization of ideas, blending of cultural styles, worldwide
interaction to present day. Demonstrations: wheel and sculpture
techniques. Homework: reading assignments, sketch journal, finish
glaze notebooks, write paper, write criticism of their own work this
Objectives: Students will view slides, participate in classroom
discussions, and record lecture information. They will turn in their
research papers, and write a one page paper criticizing their own work
this semester. Some students will choose to create a sculpture as an
assigned project, others will fulfill the requirements with wheel
projects. Students will complete all projects. They will take a
written unit test.
Studio maintenance, final firings.
Objectives: Students will complete all glazing necessary for
completion of their projects. They will load kilns, clean the studio,
and prepare it for the next semester's students. They will also unload
kilns, mix glazes, and take work home after it is complete and graded.

Students must fulfill 18 additional hours of studio time and
36 hours of studying hours outside of class. Students will
be given some choice of assignments, either papers or projects,
for each unit of study. Upon completion of each unit, there will
be a test.
Methods of Evaluation:

The types of writing assignments required:
Essay exams
Term papers
Other: Gallery/self critique essays/glaze notebooks/journ

The problem-solving assignments required:

The types of skill demonstrations required:
Class performances

The types of objective examinations used in the course:
Multiple choice

Other category:
Class participation and effort. Oral critiques.
Category 1 continued: Sketch notebooks

The basis for assigning students grades in the course:
Writing assignments: 25% - 50%
Problem-solving demonstrations: 0% - 0%
Skill demonstrations: 50% - 60%
Objective examinations: 15% - 20%
Other methods of evaluation: 5% - 10%

Charlotte F. Speight and John Toki, "Hands in Clay, an Introduction to
Ceramics", fifth edition. Mayfield Publishing Company, 2003
Reading level of text: 12th grade. Verified by: J. Ferro

Required Supplies: tool kit, notebook and clay