ART 261 Basic Ceramics II • 5 Cr.


Continues ART 260 with emphasis on wheel throwing techniques and more advanced surface techniques. Prerequisite: ART 260.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Develop skills on the potter's wheel which include: proper centering, opening the centered clay, pulling up, thinning and shaping, various trimming methods, throwing a foot on the vessel.

  • Create a single thrown form based on the cylinder, a vessel form.
  • Design and make a large thrown flat form (e.g., platter).
  • Design and produce a multiple place setting that is well designed an coordinated.
  • Design and make a lidded form.
  • Design and make a multiple piece sectional form.
  • Do more in-depth experimentation with various vitreous surface treatments: more experimentation with slips, work with engobes, experimentation with glazed and over-glazes.
  • Understand the process of mold making.
  • Take responsibility for at least one electric firing and participate in gas firing.
  • Participate in class discussions and critiques.
  • And above all, students should strive to develop their own personal identity in creating original works and exhibiting good craftsmanship.