Fine Arts | Ceramics 1
S260 | 4412 | Malcolm Smith
This is a general description based on an academic year semester.
It is intended as a guide. Your instructor will provide you with
specific course requirements.
Offered every semester, this course offers a limited introduction to
handbuilding, throwing, glaze mixing, glaze application, including a
few lectures on basic ceramic techniques. Demonstrations, slide
presentations, critiques, self-initiated projects, instructor
initiated projects all insure the development of student basic
The mastery of ceramics processes requires patience, time, and
practice. This class offers students this time and practice.
The purpose of the course is to increase your working knowledge of
ceramic processes and materials and to investigate aesthetic
directions and possibilities in clay.
The class format includes demonstrations, slide presentations,
critiques, self-initiated projects, instructor initiated projects
all in a studio situation. A night section is open to non-art
majors and places more emphasis on the technique of wheel throwing.
Assignments, Tests, and Grades: There are approximately 6 to 10
assignments a semester with critiques being held. Grades are based
on attitude, attendance, craftsmanship, technical competency, idea,
content of work, innovativeness, creativity, aesthetic quality of
work. Attendance is required.
A lab fee is assessed. For the most up-to-date listing of lab fees,
please visit http://www.indiana.edu/~blbursar/.