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ARTS 303 Ceramic Wheel

Prerequisites: ARTS 101 and ARTS 203, or permission of the instructor. (Both semesters/3 credits/ lab fee/4 class and studio hours) 

A classical introduction to the potter’s wheel, the course will cover wedging, centering, throwing, shaping, trimming and aesthetics. The course will also incorporate information about clay, clay preparation, glazes and glazing techniques and kiln technology. Through a progression of experiences, personal research and practice, the student will demonstrate the ability to create open and vertical forms at the potter’s wheel, understand the basic nature of clay and the techniques necessary for throwing and trimming, and produce finished, glazed pieces for critique.

Students completing this course will acquire knowledge of the methods used to create wheel-thrown pottery, the characteristics of clay and glazes, the process of firing and an understanding of basic ceramic composition.