The focus of Ceramics I is to develop the skills necessary to produce hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic objects. Students will learn to construct wares using pinch, slab, coil, and slump mold methods of working with clay before working on the potter's wheel.
A survey of ceramic history and vocabulary is an integral part of the course as is participation in group critique. The elements and principles of design are taught through the application of various methods of decorative glazing. The students' original sketchbook plans are used to develop ideas for ceramic wares.