Course Title: Ceramics Studio 2B1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ceramics Studio 2B1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 12

Course Coordinator: Sally Cleary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3858

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 4.1.1

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites: 1A1, 1A2, 1B1, 1B2, 2A1, 2A2
Co-requisites: This course has been designed to compliment Ceramics Studios 2B2 VART1954

This course is available to Fine Art Students from BP201 only.

Course Description

This course is focused around developmental approaches to contemporary ceramics within a Fine Art context. It offers an opportunity to work with a broad range of ceramic forming processes, which will provide essential knowledge and skills for Year Three ceramics practice. This course has been developed to compliment Ceramics Studio 2B2

The 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 clay forming and ceramic processing techniques including surface transformation and firing, 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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is studio based. It involves the development of structured research projects which include conceptual, practical, analytical and theoretical approaches to learning.

At the successful conclusion of this course students will:
• Demonstrate self-reliance, self-discipline and self motivation in researching, organising and executing a practical program of work that extends a personalised approach to a selected range of processes.
• Demonstrate a high level of competency in ceramic technique and its interpretation within a Fine Art context, including the ability to show an understanding of form and the integration of technical and aesthetic judgements in relation to the construction of both functional and non-functional work.
• Have a good understanding of kiln firing and management and an appreciation of different firing 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 a program of lectures,demonstrations and studio based learning. A program of individual tutorials and group critiques will be scheduled to review progress and to develop the capacity for aesthetic judgement and self analysis.

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

Presentation of a competently resolved body of work as per class assignments and prescribed assessment criteria: 100%

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