ART10b: Ceramics

               STUDIO RM 101 (main campus)  TuTh

6:00pm - 9:05pm






Office: AR101 Message phone: (408) 848-4833,

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Tu/Th 5:30-6pm, or by appointment 

PREREQUISITES None.  This course fulfills general education transfer requirements.


Art 10B is open to all levels. The emphasis is on ceramic processes. Students are introduced to basic techniques of handbuilding and wheel throwing. Clay body and glaze testing, kiln stacking and firing are introduced. Students are encouraged to develop their own aesthetic statement. It may be repeated two times for credit. It may be taken for credit/no credit (student needs to turn this form into administration).  


NONE but a reference text is recommended such as:

Working With Clay, Susan Peterson, 2nd Ed. 

ISBN: 0-13-098348-9


Students will be able to :

1) Articulate ceramic terminology.

2) Formulate and mix glaze.

3) Use appropriate and effective ceramic design.

4) Express self using clay, exploring traditional forms and styles with personal ideas and aesthetics.

5) Load and fire kilns.

6) Study and use various forming and decorating techniques.


Clay may be purchased at school. Recycled is $5, All new bags are $8/bag. A basic clay kit consists of a bucket, small sponge, cutoff wire, metal probe, metal rib, wooden rib, wooden knife. If money is an issue you can borrow tools for the day. Pencil, permanent marker, ruler. Binder hold notes, handouts, glaze log, and sketches. Apron optional.

LOCKERS Available on a first-come-first-serve basis and must be shared.










Grade is based on a percentage determined by the points accumulated / points possible.

a) 60% Clay projects
b) 10% Effort and participation in attendance, class discussion, activities, attentiveness to assignments and willingness to engage in learning.
c) 20%

Written Assignments

  One gallery report.

  One self-evaluation

  Notebook/Sketches/Project log

d) 10%

Studio Management

e) 10% Critiques & Tests

Attendance at the final is required.

Projects will be evaluated on: 

a) Assigned project must reflect the lesson’s objectives

b) Originality, imagination, quality of communication                     

c) Application of design principles and historical relevance                     

d) Craftsmanship (tool usage, materials application, quality of


Attendance is essential. After three absences the grade will be dropped one letter.

Student  will be dropped after 5 absences. This also applies to excessive  tardies or early departures.


EXTRA CREDIT may be earned by participating in a pit fire, a raku firing, the Christmas sale, the Gavfest, or for volunteering for an assignment from KC.


Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.


Mandatory. (see grading policy)     


The success of the class depends on student participation in the form of class discussions and studio projects.


The studio portion is NOT home study. The class environment is an essential element of learning. It is unique to the students who enroll each semester. Teacher demonstrations, tutorials, as well as fellow students' unique thought and work process, and guests will create a unique learning environment. The student who is present and observant of the different activities going on in the studio will learn much more than what is listed on the syllabus.

Our studio policy is to allow all registered ceramic students to enter other ceramic classes if there is space, and if the visiting student conducts himself in a respectful manner. A student who misses a class may make up the time in another ceramic class. Studio projects are time consuming; taking a day off is not an option (unless you make up the time elsewhere). Making up time is not always the concern. Studio practice often involves skills that a beginner does not have. 


Mastery of artistic skill develops with many hours of practice. A good idea does not guarantee a good outcome. Be patient with yourself, projects rarely come out as first envisioned. Time and effort are critical to artistic growth. Procrastinating doesn't work, you can't pull an all-nighters. The various stages of clay make it impossible to rush.

It's difficult getting started sometimes, but I can not emphasize enough that you do not leave assignments until the last minute. It's best not to compare yourself with your neighbors. The class is mixed -- there are people with no previous experience, others with some, and others with a lot. It's best to set your own high marks and pace.

Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should inform the instructor, the counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.