ART 260 & 261 - Basic Ceramics SYLLABUS & CALENDAR
SUMMER QUARTER 2003
Lars Husby, Instructor Ken Miles, Teaching/Lab Assistant
Quarter Dates: Monday, June
Class Meets: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, C157
Lab Meets: Mondays and Thursdays C157
Lockers MUST be cleared out by: Tuesday, August 5, and ALL projects and personal belongings must be removed from the studio by that date as well. No exceptions!
Requirements for these courses are the completion of four specific, assigned projects, each worth one credit. In addition there will be basic exercise-in-technique assignments designed to develop dexterity in the handling of clay, specifically handbuilding methods including pinch, coil, and slab for Art 260. Participation in clay mixing is also required. Throwing on the wheel is optional and NOT required for Art 260. During Summer Quarter emphasis will be placed on two out-of-doors firing techniques: RAKU and primitive/sawdust firings. Art 261 focuses on developing throwing skills on the wheel.
Week 1: Introduction; discussion and slide presentation for first project "DRINKING VESSEL" project; handbuilding techniques: pinch, slab, coil; surface technique: underglazes.
Week 2: Sketches due for "DRINKING VESSEL" project Monday, June 30; wheel throwing introduced; discussion and slide presentation on "TWO-DIMENSIONAL" project; low fire glazes discussed as surface technique.
Week 3: Discussion and examples of firing techniques including RAKU, sawdust, and high fire reduction; discussion and slide presentation on "THREE-DIMENSIONAL" project; sketches due for "2-D" project Monday, July 7; surface techniques: Cone 10 glazes will be covered.
Week 4: Discussion and slide presentation on Etruscan ceramics; sketches due for "3-D" project Tuesday, July 15; discussion of project #4; additional wheel throwing techniques: RAKU and sawdust firings during 3rd or 4th weeks, weather permitting. Load cone 10 gas kiln Tuesday, July 15 and fire Thursday, July 17.
Week 5: Sketches due for FINAL project Tuesday, July 22; additional wheel throwing techniques; surface techniques utilizing overglazes; group critique on drinking vessel and ‘vessel’ 261 project.
Week 6: Last week for greenware -- ALL work/projects must be dry and ready for BISQUE firing by Tuesday, July 29, and also low fire glaze preparatory to overglazing. Loading and firing Cone 10 gas kiln (Thursday, July 31)
Week 7: RAKU and sawdust firings; low fire glaze and overglaze firings; critiques and grading on Wednesday, August 6 (attendance is mandatory!)