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Jamie Walker
ART 202
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Ceramics: Wheel Throwing

Introduces wheel throwing and glazing as a means to explore functional and conceptual considerations with clay in a contemporary context and art practice.

Class description

The intentions of this class will be to introduce you to the abundant creative possibilities of wheel thrown ceramics in an art school context.

Student learning goals

ability to use the pottery wheel as a primary tool to make a variety of functional and non-functional forms

how to activate a 3 dimensional form using underglazes and glazes

a better understanding and appreciation for the wonderful world of ceramics

become more experienced and informed when discussing art work during informal critiques

to begin to develop a sense for what kind of work only you can make, why and how

General method of instruction

demonstrations, slide lectures, one on one instruction and informal critiques

Recommended preparation

curiosity, patience, commitment

Class assignments and grading

new project every week for the first seven weeks to develop basic technical and design abilities, become familiar with methods and materials and stimulate interesting ideas. two extensive final projects merge content development with acquired skills

Grading will follow standard University guidelines and be based upon effort, individual growth and meaningful participation in critiques.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jamie Walker
Date: 09/22/2008