Introduction to Ceramics/3D Design

  • Course Requirements:

    This course is designed to introduce basic ceramic skills, while developing your own personal style and exploring those of other Ceramic Artists. During the semester we will be covering/ learning the following techniques: Pinch Pot, Coil, Slab, Sculpture, Decorative Techniques, Glazing Process and (if time) wheel throwing.


    In this introductory level of Ceramics each student should expect to learn the basic handling and manipulation of clay and glaze. Over the course of the semester you will be learning a variety of fundamental techniques and procedures, which you will implement in all your projects. This class is skill building, therefore it becomes more difficult as your skill level and knowledge increases. I expect EVERYONE to be open- minded and ready to learn, share, and explore. Please understand that since this is and intro class, you will NOT be choosing your own projects, and that the course is quite structured.

    The level of achievement you can gain in this course is directly related to the standards you set for yourself. I expect every student to expand far beyond your ‘comfort zone’, be willing to take risks, and explore new territories. EVERY project requires research and planning.

    Upon completion of this course the student will know and understand the following techniques:

    • Pinch Pot
    • Coil Building
    • Slab construction
    • Firing Process
    • Basic Sculpture (plaster if time allows)
    • Wheel Throwing (if time allows)
    • Molds/Casting
    • Glazing

    Grading Policies:

    • Grades will be based on student performance on projects, completion of daily duties, classwork, notebook checks, warm up, tests, quizzes, homework, sketchbook, etc.
    • Most projects will be graded out of 100 points. In order to make grading less subjective, all major projects are graded using a rubric. The rubric will be given to you before and during the lesson so that you know exactly what to expect.
    • In addition to a point based rubric, every student will be completing a self and a peer reflection/critique after each project.
    • 40% Process (classwork, participation, daily duties, tests, quizzes, homework, warm ups)
    • 60% Product (projects)

    Rules & Procedures:

    Student Expectations:

    • Abide by the Cape Henlopen school district code of conduct at all times.
    • Respect yourself, your classmates, your property, the school property, and your teacher.
    • Give full attention when teacher is speaking.
    • Be responsible-attend every class, arrive on time (in your seat when the bell rings).
    • Complete projects by due dates • Keep phones turned off and away.
    • Water is allowed, but no other drinks or food in class is tolerated.
    • Do not line up at the door, wait in your seat for the bell to ring.
    • Do not remove supplies from the classroom without permission
    • Your ipad is only to be in use when the teacher requests and allows. Improper use of the ipad will result in disciplinary action. The Ipad is for academic use only. Do not take pictures or recordings of students or staff without their authorization.