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ARTS 543 History of Ceramics

(Second semester—odd years/3 credits) 

A study of the history of ceramic arts from its beginning through the present time. Special emphasis is placed on broadening the knowledge and the experience of the student through personal involvement in encountering and researching historic work. The course will examine a number of ceramic traditions, combining the work of the art historian with that of the archeologist. The history of ceramics in the context of the history of the people who made and used the wares. The work from each of the major periods will be discussed. In addition, the ways that these examples were made and their place in the history of ceramic technology will be stressed. Each week during the course of the semester, discussion will focus on a different aspect of ceramic history. Although most of the class period will be devoted to lecture and slides, time will be allowed for class participation.