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Revision Date: 23-May-23

Fall 2023 | ART-1231-VU01 - Ceramics I

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 08:30A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 09-11-2023 to 12-18-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-30-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-08-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $100.00


Harold Kaplan
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Students explore the design and aesthetics of clay and practice fundamental production techniques including hand-building, wheel-throwing, glazing, and firing.

Essential Objectives

1. Discuss the nature of ceramic materials, their history, and their uses in different cultures.
2. Apply visual considerations such as form, texture, and color to the design of utilitarian and non-utilitarian ceramic forms.
3. Design and construct hand-built ceramic forms using pinch, coil, and slab construction techniques.
4. Demonstrate basic wheel-throwing techniques.
5. Discuss types of glazes and other surface decoration, and apply basic glazing techniques.
6. Describe and employ low-fire and stoneware firing techniques.
7. Discuss and apply ceramic studio safety practices.
8. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
9. Design and complete individual projects.
10. Create a portfolio of clay projects.
11. Display finished works in a professional manner.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

ART-1231-VU01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Intro to studio-

wedging techniques, pinch pot demonstrations. Bead forming and closing a form.


Class Demo


Vessel forms



Coiling technique.


Creating cylindrical forms and beginning formal critique.



Building sculpture with composite forms and techniques. Vegetable study. Critique/ Discuss glazing.


Designing first sculptural form.

two-minute writing



Begin study of slab design. Vessel forms, platters, critique.

Slab- design Lantern


In class demo/ supplemental on-line


Designing and executing slabs. Begin Lantern

2–3-minute writing



Slab design fitting boxes/ Butter Dish. Understanding balance and fit. Form and function, use of slips and applique. Critique in small groups.


In class demos


Create and finish the butter dish/box

2-3 minute write



Composite form of Human Body using all the techniques thus far learned. Critique in small groups


In class demo/ online supplemental


Form inspired from the human body.



Understanding the Extruder


In Class/Online supplemental


Extruding forms for composite designs.



Intro to the wheel-centering-pulling making basis forms, bowls. Group critique.


In class demos


set of bowls/cylinders



Trimming and handling pottery-continuing the centering process and critiques


In class demos


finishing the forms

3-minute writing



Composite forms from the wheel- Critique


In class demos


lidded jars, spouts, finishing the forms

3-minute writing



Viewing of movie, "Bridge of Fire". Discussion of wood firing, eastern aesthetic. Begin final project inspired from film.


Movie viewing and in class discussion.


hand-building-wheel work



continue studying and finishing up the final project


from viewing of movie


Wheel- work/ Hand-building



Group design of sculptural project


Parts made and assembled.



Final glazing


complete the work



Final Critique


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.