Ceramics: Handbuilding

Fall 2020
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 20
4 Credits per quarter
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Students will gain an overview of ceramic studio practices.  They will learn a variety of hand-built ceramic techniques beginning with traditional methods and moving toward current ceramic technologies.  We will emphasize functional pottery with technical demonstrations based on utility.  Through their thematic projects, students will begin to develop an informed and personal style while gaining solid foundation skills in both functional and sculptural work. Students will receive critical analysis of their resulting work through written observations and through group discussions.  The course will introduce students to clay types, kiln firing methods, glazing and related surfacing techniques. Presentations on the history and contemporary application of ceramic arts will contextualize studio work. 

In the event that students cannot enter the ceramics studio, students will be working independently on select projects.  Students who wish to have ceramic work fired, will drop work off at the ceramic studio during scheduled times.  Dropped off work will be received by and bisque fired by the Instructional Technician and then retrieved by students during scheduled times. Alternately, students will be encouraged to use acrylic paint to finish objects at home.  In addition, students will be allowed to propose 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects that meet the credit hour obligation.

To successfully participate in this program, students will need to be able to work with wet clay in their homes and have good internet reliability. Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 2-4 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Canvas and Zoom. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous participation if conditions require.


Fall 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (4): 10134

Academic details

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Special Expenses

Around $30 total for 50 pound bag of clay and tool kit. Clay will be purchased online with scheduled pickups.



Time Offered
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First Meeting

DateRevision 2020-09-08 Joelle Montez added as faculty (was Bruce Thompson) 2020-08-13 This course is now fully remote