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 advanced hand building and advanced wheel-throwing techniques.
As 3rd 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 all 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.
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
WHEEL WORK (PLATTER, TEA POT, 8”, & 24”)
#1 THE PLATTER (3)- The platter may be altered after thrown and should include handles that add value and strength to the thrown form. Students need to work off a bat to ease with removing pot from the wheel. Form should be cut off the bat and trimmed the following day. Handles should then be added after trimming is completed. Platters may range in size and shape and should be functional. Students should use around 5 lbs. of clay for their platter. Special attention needs to be given to compressing the clay downward to reduce s-cracking on the base of the pot as it dries. Students will begin working on flat shapes with around 2 lbs of clay and start making small plates and gradually add more clay until students are more comfortable with 5 lbs for the platter. Leave the base at least a ½ inch thick to trim a foot. Due 9/8&9
#2 TEA POTS (2) Students will begin with detailed sketches of various shapes and forms to be created. Altered teapot forms may also be created. Ideally, students should construct 3 complete teapots. Overall size may range from small (1 cup) to 6 (cups)…8 ounces per cup. Although spouts could be hand built students should throw them on the wheel for this project. Lids should be measured using calipers and thrown off the hump. 10/6&7
#3- 8” TALL (3)- This one piece project should be from 3 to 4 pounds of clay….depending upon width or girth. Students will focus on pulling for height and will explore collaring the clay inward and upward to grow your pot in height. Good projects may include pitchers, vases, and or ugly jugs. Thrown forms should have a strong shape. Due 11/10&11
#4- 24” TALL (1)- This created pot should be thrown in three, eight inch sections using calibers to measure width. Seams should not be visible. Using male and female joints will help. Forms should be strong in nature. Pots should be assembled when leather hard or firm enough to support weight of additional piece. Pots should be thrown off bats and not cut off until securely attached upside down. The base pot should remain attached to the bat until the entire piece is constructed. Leaving pots attached to bats will assist with moving and help prevent warping as well. A piece of paper may be used on the top of the pot to help prevent warping as well, while drying. Students may use a heat gun to dry pots before assembling. Be sure to dry evenly and slowly when finished to reduce cracks. Project will be critiqued based off the rubric. 12/8&9
HAND BUILDING (MOVEMENT, EMPHASIS, PROPORTION, ANIMAL SHOE)
Your goal will be to create art forms that represent an idea or belief that you convey with clay. Students are encouraged to use a variety of materials in their forms such as (wire, glass, metal, wood, bamboo, etc.) Students should use these types of materials to add value to their chosen projects.
#5 MOVEMENT- Project will include design that deals with creating the illusion of action or physical change in position to guide the viewer’s eye throughout the work of art. Due 2/2&3
#6 EMPHASIS- This project should incorporate the principle of design that makes one part of a work dominant over the other parts. Emphasis can be achieved through form, space, line, shape, color and texture. Due 3/2&3
#7 PROPORTION- This project should use the principle of design that deals with elements in size relative to each other. Proportion can be affected by shape, color, value, and texture. Due 4/6&7
#8 THE ANIMAL AND SHOE COMBINATION- 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 must incorporate an animal of their choice into the design and texture used. Projects may be painted with acrylics or glazed. Project will be critiqued based off the rubric. Due 5/4&5
( Students are expected to be College Ready and Letter of Acceptance from College)
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.