Course Title: Ceramics Studio 2A1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ceramics Studio 2A1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh1 12

Course Coordinator: Sally Cleary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3858

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 4.1.1B

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VART 1892, VART 1893, VART 1895, VART 1896

Course Description

This course is focused around developing personalised approaches to contemporary ceramics within a Fine Art context. It offers an opportunity to work with a broad range of ceramic decorative processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims to:
Further develop the student’s capacity to address conceptual, perceptual, formal and aesthetic concerns as related to ceramics
Refine the student’s materials skills base in a range of ceramic decorative processes and techniques as relevant to the development of a personal aesthetic
Encourage and support student’s greater self-reliance in undertaking and initiating independent research as an integral part of the student’s professional and artistic development

At the successful conclusion of this course you should:
Demonstrate self-reliance, self-discipline and self motivation in researching, organising and executing a practical program of work that extends a personalised approach to selected decorative processes
Be able to initiate and pursue studies in directions which inform and further individual professional and creative growth and catalyse invention, innovation and refinement of personal work
Show a qualitative response to ideas and phenomena, materials and processes in the pursuit of an emerging personal aesthetic and show an ability to engage in research as an integral part of one’s professionalism

Overview of Learning Activities

• Learning will take place through an approved individual program of studio work, planned by the student in consultation with the class lecturer at the beginning of the semester. Students will be expected to develop a studio work proposal which will outline their objectives and methods for organising a practical program of work
• A programme of individual tutorials and group critiques will be scheduled to review progress and to develop the capacity for aesthetic judgement and rigorous self analysis
• Students will be required to maintain the practice of using sketchbooks and journals/visual diaries as a means of research and documentation
• Students must cultivate an awareness of traditional and contemporary practice by regular participation in visits to public and commercial galleries, guest lectures, workshops, scheduled excursions and appropriate use of library facilities

Overview of Learning Resources

Blandino, Betty, Coiled Pottery, Roseville East, NSW: Craftsman House, 1997.
Blandino, Betty, The Figure in Fired Clay, Woodstock, NY., Overlook Press, 2002.
Carnegie, Daphne, Tin-Glazed Earthenware, A & C Black, London, 1995
Clark, Garth, American Potters, The Work of 20 Modern Masters, New York, NY., Watson Guptil, 1981.
Constant, Christine, Ogden, Steve, Potter’s Palette, Radnor Philadelphia, Chilton Book Company, 1996.
Currie, Ian, Stoneware Glazes, Queensland, Bootstrap Press, 2000.
Daly, Greg, Glazes and Glazing Techniques,
De Boos, Janet, Handbook for Australian Potters, Sydney, Methuen, 1978.
Hopper, Robin, The Ceramic Spectrum, Chilton Book Company, Pennsylvania, 1984.
Lynn, Martha Drexler, The Clay Art of Adrian Saxe, Thames and Hudson, London 1994.
Pegrum, Brenda, Painted Ceramics, Colour and Imagery on Clay, Crowood Press, Wiltshire, 1999.
Perry, Barbara, (ed.), American Ceramics, the collection of the Everson Museum of Art
Peters, Lynn, Surface Decoration for Low-Fire Ceramics, Capricorn Link, NWS., 1999.
Peterson, Susan, Jun Kaneko, Calmann and King, London, 2001
Peterson, Susan, The Craft and Art of Clay, Laurence King Publishing, London, 1995.
Rawson, Phillip, Ceramics, London ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1971
Rawson, Phillip, Sculpture, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1997.
Wood, Nigel, Oriental Glazes, Sydney, Craftsman House, 1999.

Rawson, Phillip, Ceramics
A generalist and accessible text, which takes an overview of ceramics in history, and our relationship to the traditions of fucntional ceramics.
Dormer, Peter, Trends and Traditions

Pottery in Australia, Turramurra, N.S.W : Potters’ Society of Australia, 1962-
Ceramics Art and Perception Sydney, Australia : Ceramics: Art and Perception, Pty. Ltd., 1990.
Ceramics Monthly Columbus, Ohio, etc., Professional Publications Crafts London : Crafts Council, 1973.
Studio Potter Goffstown, N.H. : Daniel Clark Foundation, 1972.
American Craft New York : American Craft Council, 1979- (American Craft Council, Membership, 22 W. 55 St., New York, N.Y. 10019)

Overview of Assessment

All students will be expected to make a folio submission of work completed for all set tasks, and as per independently negotiated studio proposal. Students will also be expected to maintain and present documentation of their project development and technical notes.

Assessment Tasks and Value
Presentation of a resolved folio of work as per all set tasks and as per studio proposal. 100%
Assessment timeline and submission dates: see lecturer

Course Grades Available
High Distinction (HD) 80 - 100%
Distinction (D) 70 - 79%
Credit (C) 60 - 69%
Pass(P) 50 - 59%
Fail (N) 0 - 49%

Return of Assessment Tasks
Assessment Feedback: One week after assessment has taken place.