Art 261 – Basic Ceramics II
Art 261, Basic Ceramics II is designed to further enhance your skill level and knowledge in terms of working with clay. It is set up primarily to develop and improve wheel throwing skills/techniques which is the usual sequence at most colleges and universities. It is suggested/highly recommended that you maintain a portfolio with photo and/or slide documentation of the work you completed for Art 261 in the event you transfer to another institution of higher learning and you wish to receive transfer credit. There will be five assigned projects, each worth one credit. Participation in glaze mixing, kiln loading and firing is required. As in first quarter, sketches and appropriate information are required prior to undertaking each project. In addition, there are Exercise-in-Technique assignments as follows:
A. Five different wheel thrown shapes on the cylinder (minimum dimensions for each is 4 inches across by 6 inches in height) as follows: three out of “A”-body studio clay for cone 10 firing; one out of low fire white clay for underglazing; one out of RAKU clay for RAKU firing; and one out of Terra Cotta clay.
B. Two wheel thrown plated (8-12 inches across for each) out of “A” – body studio clay for engobe (slip) decoration.
1. VESSEL…to design and execute a hollowed-out, “container” form, functional or sculptural. This does not refer to a boat, though it could end up being one. Sketches due by the fourth class meeting.
2. PLATTER…to design and execute a large (over 12 inches across) wheel thrown flat form where the primary goal is a very personal surface treatment and secondarily development of the skill to throw a platter. Sketches due one week after the 2-D slide lecture.
3. SECTIONAL FORM…basically a three dimensional form (utilitarian or sculptural) consisting of more than one component fitted together, i.e. wheelthrown plus wheelthrown or handbuilt, etc. You may choose to make a mold for this project and incorporate aware produced from the mold. Other “media” might be incorporated. Sketches due one week after the 3-D slide lecture.
4. PLACE SETTING…to design and execute a three or more piece “special” place setting including at least one bowl form, one plate, and one cup or glass. The design (both form and surface) should be very personal as in for “me,” for someone specific like the President, for a special event, or for yourself. Sketches due during the sixth week and the completed project due at the end of the quarter.
5. TEAPOT or SOUP TUREEN…to design and execute either an extremely personal teapot or soup tureen, two specific types/pieces of ware commonly associated with being made of clay. Functional or non-functional. Research from a historical as well as contemporary perspective is HIGHLY recommended. Sketches due by the end of the seventh week and the object(s) due at the end of the quarter.
A group critique of all five projects, including exercise-in-technique assignments will occur during final’s week. Attendance and participation are mandatory.