Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 22, 2024  
Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog

ART 120 - Ceramics I

Description: Introduction to ceramics hand building techniques. Includes primary use of glazes, glaze applications, kiln firing processes and kiln atmosphere. Application of design principles.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 1
Lab: 5

Course Content:
  1. Introduction and Identification of studio and personal tools
  2. Definition of clay types
  3. Preparation of clay
  4. Hand forming techniques

a. Pinching
b. Coiling
c. Slab work
d. Slump and Hump Mold use

  1. Use of the potter's wheel

a. Basic beginning procedures
b. Cylinder

  1. Surface decoration techniques

a. Incising
b. Mark making
c. Stamping
d. Carving

  1. Glaze application techniques

a. Wax resist
b. Dipping
c. Pouring
d. Brushwork
e. Overlaps
f. Metal oxide painting and staining

  1. Basic kiln firing procedures
  2. Kiln atmospheres

a. Reduction
b. Oxidation

  1. Kiln types

a. Fuel kilns
b. Electric kilns

  1. Ceramic terminology
  2. Formal elements and principles of design
  3. Historical and contemporary art examples
  4. Critique

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify and use ceramic studio and clay tools.
  2. Define several clay types.
  3. Prepare clay for use in hand building or wheel work.
  4. Hand form clay using several techniques.
  5. Form clay on the potter's wheel.
  6. Use various techniques to affect the clay's surface.
  7. Apply glaze using several techniques.
  8. Describe the process of a kiln firing.
  9. Identify different kiln firing atmospheres.
  10. Name several kiln types.
  11. Use and define basic ceramic vocabulary words.
  12. Identify the formal elements and principles of design.
  13. Analyze the formal elements and principles of design.
  14. Interpret the formal elements and principles of design.
  15. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts.
  16. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art.

Required Assessment:
  1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.