Hello, and welcome to CERAMICS I with Mr. Nutt!
Words cannot adequately express how profoundly excited I am to be offering Ceramics
here at TL Hanna High School!
We will be both making ceramic artwork AND learning about the technical aspects of ceramics.
Here is a basic outline of the content we will cover in this course:
A. HAND-BUILDING TECHNIQUES
3. Stiff slab construction
4. Soft Slab construction
5. Multi-technique construction
1. Glaze characteristics
a. Low fire vs. high fire glaze
b. Utilitarian vs. art glaze
c. Underglaze and overglaze
2. Basic glaze chemistry
a. Composition: Glass-formers, fluxes, clay additives, and colorants
b. Utilizing measuring devices
c. Mixing and storage
C. THE GEOLOGY OF CLAY
1. Erosion and primary source clays
3. Naturally occurring clays found in various regions of South Carolina
4. Harvesting, processing, and use of native clays
D. BASIC CERAMIC HISTORY
1. Pre-historic ceramics
2. Early firing techniques and the evolution of kin design
3. South Carolina ceramic history
4. Modern ceramic studio art
E. STUDIO and FACILITIES MAINTAINANCE
1. Cleanliness of classroom and related areas
2. Management of in-process work
3. Maintenance of personal and community tools
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A “POTTERY CLASS”,
AND WILL NOT INCLUDE INSTRUCTION ON USING THE POTTER’S WHEEL.
There will be potter’s wheel demonstrations, and there will *perhaps* be an opportunity for exposure to the process, but the school facilities are not set up to accommodate a full class of potters.
All Ceramics I students will receive a Pottery Tool Kit, which was paid for through the student art fee.
Students are responsible for managing their own tools, and will be expected to replace all lost or damaged tools.
The school will not provide additional PTKs due to loss or damage.
All other materials (clays, glazes, and kiln-firing) are included in the course.