Ceramics I

    Course:   0102300



    My goals for you are to learn to think and solve problems in 3D.  You will need to make 8 projects (60% Grade) and are encouraged to make more when your projects are finished.  The time allotted for each project is 4 weeks.  The guideline is 2 weeks to construct, 1 week to glaze and 1 week to fire it twice.  All students will be create a portfolio of their work for the year.  Materials fee is $70 payable to WPHS.  Payment is made to Mrs. Kittles.  She is located in the front office except during power when she is in the den.  Sketches will be graded prior to beginning project with clay.  Students will completely weekly E.Q’s and will turn their portfolio in quarterly (40% Grade).

    You are expected to help others and serve as an example. You are expected to clean up your workspace and to learn how to monitor your time wisely.  Initiative and leadership is appreciated.  Late work may be deducted a letter grade.

    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. All projects should demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used.  It is expected that the artist should show growth from beginning to end.

    Grades will be calculated by 60% for Projects and 40% for class work.  Each student will be graded based on the rubric according to his or her ability.  Class work includes a weekly Participation grade based on the students work ethic, attitude, responsibility to clean up, help others, and attendance.(Extra time has been allotted for students to explore wheel throwing when projects are completed and before the next project is introduced.)

    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.


    #1 PINCH POT   Evenly compressed, multiple pinched forms scored and assembled together 3/8” thickness approximately.  Due 9/6&7

    #2 THE MASK   A slab built project approximately 3/8” thick and needs to have three holes to securely mount on wall.  Form & shape should be emphasized. Due 10/4&5

    #3 COIL POT Build a Coil pot using the coil method.  Pots may be functional of nonfunctional.  An example may be a vase or pitcher. Pots should have a distinct foot and rim.  Coils should be even and of a consistent diameter.  Due 11/1&2

    #4 THE LIDDED CONTAINER   Create a sketch of form to be created with dimensions. Build form out of cardboard.  Disassemble constructed form and use as template on clay slab to measure and cut out pieces.  Texture should be applied before clay dries out and preferably before assembling so construction is not damaged.  Assemble pieces by scoring with slip when leather hard.  Snug fitting lid requires a unique handle or knob that adds value to shape, form and design.  Midterm Due 12/13&14


    Students choose which hand building or wheel techniques will be used for the projects in 2nd semester.

    #5 FACE MUG   Students should attempt to create mug on the pottery wheel.  Mugs must include a handle with a thumb rest.  Mugs should be stable and have a usable lip that enhances usage. Due 1/31& 2/1

    #6 THE ANIMAL   Forms should be hollow in nature and support themselves.  Students may combine techniques to achieve desired shape.  Due 2/28&3/1

    #7 Organ / Body Part   Projects should include mixed media.   Due 4/4&5

    #8 AMPHORA POT    Projects should be representative of classic researched shapes.  Proportion and balance will be emphasized with two uniform handles.  Projects will be glazed with slip ONLY. Students will write their story around the belly of the pot.  Their story represents their life, past, present or future goals.  The story should be written in a language other than English, preferable one that represents the students own heritage or ethnicity. Final Due 5/2&3


    The purpose of this course is to teach students how to think and problem solve in 3D.  Students will recognize the properties, possibilities, and limitations of clay by creating functional and nonfunctional works of ceramics and pottery using the three basic hand building techniques (pinch, coil, and slab).  Students will also be exposed to wheel work. Students will pick a theme for the year.



    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.