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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 18-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | ART-2232-VU02 - Ceramics II

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: Wednesday, 06:00P - 08:45P
Semester Dates: 01-25-2023 to 05-03-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Sarah Camille Wilson
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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 apply and expand their knowledge of ceramic design and production techniques, with particular attention to the development of individual style. Techniques will include hand-building, wheel-throwing, glazing, and firing. Prerequisite: Ceramics I.

Essential Objectives

1. Discuss the history and aesthetics of ceramics as they are used in various cultures.
2. Design and construct hand-built clay forms using pinch, coil, and slab construction techniques.
3. Apply wheel-throwing techniques to the creation of a range of forms.
4. Demonstrate various glaze and surface decoration techniques.
5. Describe and discuss the formulation and use of various types of clays and glazes.
6. Explain how to stack and fire a kiln.
7. Critique the aesthetic and technical quality of your own work and that of others.
8. Apply aesthetic principles to the creation of an individual style.
9. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
10. Design and complete individual projects.
11. Create a portfolio of clay objects.
12. 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

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.


The majority of this class will take the form of practical assignments. The goal of these assignments is to expand student’s knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of methods of ceramic construction. These include pinching, coil building, sculpting, wheel throwing, soft slab construction, and hard slab construction. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the process of designing, decorating, glazing, and firing ceramic objects. Each new assignment will be introduced with a demonstration of relevant techniques. Research is also an important component of the class, giving students an understanding of the ceramic object across historic and contemporary cultures. The goal of these assignments is to give students a vocabulary of ceramic terms and an understanding of shop usage and safety. Students will be involved in all aspects of the ceramic process, from preparing clay to loading and firing kilns.

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


Week 1: Review of syllabus and class expectations. Introduce historic coil vessel assignment; Wheel thrown cup demonstration.


Research historic coil pots and draw coil pot designs in your sketchbook. Work on wheel thrown cups and mugs.



Week 2: Discuss and finalize coil pot designs. Coil and pinch construction demonstration.


Wheel thrown cups and mugs and coil pots.



Week 3: Mug handle demonstration.


Wheel thrown cups and mugs and coil pots.



Week 4: Wheel thrown cups and mugs and coil pots.


Wheel thrown cups and mugs and coil pots.



Week 5: Cups and mugs and coil pots due. In process critique of greenware. Introduce soft slab platter assignment.


Soft slab platter assignment.



Week 6: Introduce wheel thrown bowl assignment. Glazing demonstration.


Soft slab platter and wheel thrown bowl assignments.



Week 7: Soft slab platter assignment due. In process critique of greenware. Introduce hard slab box assignment. Work time: wheel thrown bowl assignment.


Wheel thrown bowl assignment.



Week 8: Class will be held online this week. Work time: hard slab box and wheel thrown bowl assignments.


Hard slab box and wheel thrown bowl assignments.



Week 9: Wheel thrown bowl assignment due. Work time: hard slab box assignments.


Hard slab box assignments.



Week 10 (March 29) Hard slab box assignment due. In process critique of greenware. Introduce self portrait assignment.


Self portrait assignment.



Week 11: Work time: self portrait .


Self portrait assignment.



Week 12: Introduce lidded jar assignment and wheel demo. Work time: self portrait and lidded jar assignments.


Self portrait and lidded jar assignments.



Week 13: Work time: self portrait and lidded jar assignments.


Self portrait and lidded jar assignments.



Week 14: Self portrait and lidded jar assignments must be completed. Work time: glazing.


Glaze assignments for final critique.



Week 15: Final critique and sketchbook hand-in. All work must be fired for final critique.


All work must be fired for 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.

Participation Expectations

Each assignment will be introduced with slide lectures and demos, allowing students to visualize the working process for each project. Outside class time will be required for research and the completion of projects. Sketchbooks are required, and will be collected at mid-term, and after the final critique. Notes and questions during demos are encouraged, and will improve student performance. Each assignment will outline the project parameters, expectations, and due dates. Students are expected to use Canvas to keep track of assignment timelines and deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines and assignment criteria will result in the lowering of the project final grade. All completed projects should be kept at the studio until after the final critique.

Assignments are due at the beginning of class, unless otherwise noted by your instructor.

Your grade will be based on the completion of assignments, sketchbooks, in class participation, work time, critiques, and attendance. As each assignment is completed, your grade will be entered in Canvas. Please feel free to talk to me at any time about your individual progress. Extra work always helps! You will be evaluated on the following:

  • Technical skills development.

  • Satisfaction of the minimum requirements on various assignments.

  • Conceptual development in satisfying required assignments.

  • Research and sketchbook use.

  • Attendance and class participation.

  • Safe, respectful, and professional studio practice both during and outside of class.

Grade percentages:

  • Assignment : Historic Coil Vessel= 15%

  • Assignment 2: Cups and Mugs = 10%

  • Assignment 3: Soft Slab Platter = 5 %

  • Assignment 4: Wheel Thrown Bowls = 5 %

  • Assignment 5: Hard Slab Box = 10%

  • Assignment 6: Self Portrait = 15 %

  • Assignment 7: Lidded Jar = 10 %

  • Sketchbook = 15 %

  • Attendance and participation: 15 %

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.