The purpose of this course is to enable students to recognize the properties, possibilities, and limitations of clay by creating functional and nonfunctional works of ceramics and pottery using intermediate-level hand building and basic wheel-throwing techniques.
As 2nd year students your work ethic and attitude should reflect excellence. You have chosen this as an elective and I have approved you. Students are expected to maintain a B average or may be placed on probation for MCCA. You are expected to help others and serve as an example to 1st year students as needed. Good clean up habits and care of your work is expected. Your work space should be neat and clean for incoming classes. Monitor your time wisely as the content is demanding. Missing class should be avoided at all costs, since you need the time to work on projects and may miss any lessons being taught. Schedule your dentist and doctor appointments after school if possible. If you do miss class, it is expected that you would attend power hour to get caught up and not fall behind. Students will need a sketch book and binder. Students are responsible for $70 for materials, payable to Mrs. Kristie Nault, front office. Sketches will be graded prior to beginning project with clay.
There will be two rubrics, one for hand building and one for wheel projects. Hand building projects will be critiqued on a rubric for the following five areas; Concept preparation & sketch, Design & Form, Originality & Uniqueness, Surface texture & Glazing, & Following Parameters and Completeness. Wheel projects will be critiqued on a rubric for the following five areas; Sketch, Thrown form and Design, Lip and Foot, Glazing, & Parameters. All sketches are to be created and approved before creating forms. Students need to be prepared and use class time wisely.
All projects are to be out of kiln and finished by due date or are late and will be deducted a letter grade.
Grades will be calculated by 60% for Projects and 40% for class work. Class work includes a weekly Participation grade based on the students work ethic, attitude, responsibility to clean up, help others, and attendance.
All work must comply with the Marion County School Board parameters. Any work that is in violation will be subject to any necessary disciplinary action.
SEMESTER I (BOWLS, MUGS, 3 PIECE NESTING BOWL SET, & GOBLETS)
Learning to throw is a learned skill, everyone can succeed. Some learn easier than others, what you put in to it is what you will get out of it. Students learn to center and pull even cylinders with 3 pulls. Wire cut open forms to check wall thickness. Recycle your own clay. When technique is approved students will move to bowls. Students needing extra assistance or extra time are encouraged to come during the power hour or before or after school. Students may choose to work on the wheel 1st semester or 2nd semester based on availability. Students will glaze fire their wares using cone 6 glazes to stoneware temperatures. You are encouraged to make other items once your project is complete.
#1 BOWLS (4) - Bowls using about 1½ lbs. of clay. Bowls may be a variety of shapes and sizes. Each piece should have a trimmed foot and defined lip. Due 9/8&9
#2 MUGS (4) - Mugs typically are made from 7/8 lb. to 1 ½ lbs. of clay. Students will learn to pull uniform and even handles. Make extras and recycle those not used. Mugs may be a variety of shapes and sizes. You should be experimenting with different shapes and designs. Mugs do not need to be trimmed if well balanced and light to the feel. Remove extra clay if needed. A well-defined lip will enhance function and durability. Due 10/6&7
#3 3 PIECE SERVING BOWL SET(2 Sets) Bowls should nest inside of each other and be level in height across when stacked. Using approximately 1 ½, 2 ½ & 3 ½ lbs for bowl dimensions of 4 by 6, 4 ½ by 7 ½, 5 by 9”. In order to nest properly, each piece needs to be ½” taller and 1 1/2 “wider. A well thrown set should be close to level when stacked and allow for room between each other when removing each bowl. The base should be trimmed to enhance shape and form. Spouts may be added. Due 11/10&11
#4 GOBLETS (4) Students will create 4 goblets using approximately a 1lb. for the base and 1lb. for the cup. The sizes of the stems and cups may vary and may be unique; they do not need to look like a set. Form and proportion are important concepts as well as good craftsmanship. Students should assemble by scoring with slip when leather hard. Goblets should be balanced, uniform in shape, and should have a stable base. Midterm or Final Due 12/8&9
HAND BUILDING (LIFE OR DEATH, BALANCE, PATTERN, AND SHOES)
Your goal will be to create art forms that represent an idea or belief using the elements and principles of design. Students are encouraged to use a variety of materials in their forms such as (wire, glass, metal, wood, bamboo, etc.) Quality of craftsmanship and innovation is expected.
#5 LIFE OR DEATH- Project should have a strong shape or form that conveys a statement of life or death, artist choice. Created forms should have value and not be flat. Due 2/2&3
#6 THE BALANCE PROJECT- Artist should concentrate on angles that challenge the limitations of clay. Supports may be fired and later removed. Created form should intrigue the viewer. Due 3/2&3
#7 PATTERN Project will include design that uses the art elements in planned or random repetitions. Patterns often occur in nature or artists develop their own pattern. Due 4/6&7
#8 THE SHOES- Students working hand building syllabus will create a pair of life like sized shoes that are hollow in nature with good details. Students are encouraged to bring in a pair of shoes to use as an example. It is recommended to use real laces to enhance quality. Projects may be painted with acrylics or glazed. Due 5/4&5
Ceramics Wheel Throwing Rubric Teacher Name: Greg Smith CATEGORY 9-10 Excellent (90 - 100) 8 Good (80 - 89) 7 Moderate (70 - 79) 6 or less Poor (60 - 69)or less Concept Preparation & Sketch Carefully planned project with several sketches. Excellent details, precision and pride is clearly demonstrated. Well Planned sketch with good details. Sketched forms are proportionate and balanced. Sketch has some flaws and some effort was demonstrated. Sketched forms are unbalanced and not proportionate. Either no sketch was created or with little effort. Forms are sloppy and messy with no attention to detail. Thrown Design & Form Artist has strong control of clay, created shape & form are well balanced. Weight is light to the feel. Artist has some control over moving clay into a desired direction for shape and form. Weight is slightly heavy, not light and balanced. Artist has little control over shape and form. Weight is thick and unbalanced. Thrown form has severe flaws, cracks, very thick and heavy. Lip and Foot Artist has shaped a lip that enhances the form. The base of the pot has been trimmed and the foot is level and elevates the created form. Artist has attempted to add a lip and foot. Some flaws are visible. Either the lip or foot missing. The base of the pot is untrimmed or there is no lip. No lip and foot included in thrown form. Pot dried out before finishing form. Glazing Glaze is evenly coated with colors that agree with each other. No noticeable irregularities in the glazing, without blemishes. Glaze application is evenly coated. Clay body may be visible under the glazing. Glaze is uneven or thinly applied. Clay body is visible under glaze in multiple areas. Glaze coats are irregular. The clay body is visible under glazed areas is many areas. Completeness and Following Parameters Project met all requirements. Made the required number of pieces. Constructed with careful attention to detail, great pride is evident in work. Project met most requirements. Made most the required number of pieces. Constructed with some attention to detail and some precision of work. Project met some requirements. Multiple pieces missing. Project was not completed on time. Project did not meet most requirements or techniques to be used. Project was late and construction was poor quality. Pieces fell apart, score marks are visible. Very unfinished. Art Grading Rubric Handbuilding Teacher Name: Greg Smith CATEGORY 9-10 Excellent (90 - 100) 8 Good (80 - 89) 7 Moderate (70 - 79) 6 or less Poor (60 - 69)or less Concept Preparation & Sketch Carefully planned project with several sketches. Excellent details, precision and pride is clearly demonstrated. Well Planned sketch with good details. Sketched forms are proportionate and balanced. Sketch has some flaws and some effort was demonstrated. Sketched forms are unbalanced and not proportionate. Either no sketch was created or with little effort. Forms are sloppy and messy with no attention to detail. Design & Form Artist has strong control of clay, created shape & form are well balanced. Weight is light to the feel. Project shows a basic form & some design elements. Created project has very little movement shown in form and very little design. Object was created with minimal thought about design and form is flat and shows no movement. Originality and Theme Truly one of a kind project. Theme is clearly visible and easily understood. Some degree of uniqueness and some theme visible. Little individuality or uniqueness demonstrated. Little to no theme visible. No originality demonstrated, a copy, or no theme. Surface Texture & Glazing Surface texture is applied in well thought out areas and works well with the glaze application. Glaze is evenly coated with colors that agree with each other. Either warm or cool colors. Surface texture is visible and applied in an organized manner . Texture is debris-free. Glaze application is evenly coated with either warm or cool colors. Random unrelated application of texture that does not work well with design. Texture was applied with a needle tool. Glaze is uneven or thinly applied. Clay body is visible under glaze. No texture, project is bare, or looks unfinished. Glaze coats are irregular and colors do not coordinate with each other. The clay body is visible under glazed areas is multiple areas. Completeness and Following Parameters Project met all requirements. Student worked diligently, mentored others. Constructed with careful attention to detail, great pride is evident in work. Project met most requirements. Student worked diligently, assisted with set-up and clean-up. Constructed with some attention to detail and some precision of work. Project met some requirements. Student did bare minimum, did little to help others or cleaning up. Project was not completed on time. Construction looks sloppy or messy and unfinished. Project did not meet most requirements or techniques to be used. Project was late and construction was poor quality. Pieces fell apart, score marks are visible. Very unfinished.