(Both semesters/3 credits/lab fee/4 class and studio hours)
General survey of ceramics in which aesthetic and scientific aspects are considered. The Ceramics I course will incorporate information about clay, clay preparation, glazes and glazing techniques and kiln technology, with emphasis on handbuilding techniques. Through a progression of experiences, the student will understand the basic nature of clay, demonstrate the techniques necessary for successful clay construction, utilize a variety of decoration techniques and exhibit the technical knowledge necessary to fire the work, producing finished, glazed pieces for critique. Emphasis will be placed on design and construction and the overall aesthetics of the finished work.