Course Title: Ceramics Advanced Studio 3B1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ceramics Advanced Studio 3B1

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: Blg 4.1.1, RMIT University, City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Ceramics Advanced Studio 3A1
Ceramics Advanced Studio 3A2

Ceramics Advanced Studio 3B2

Course Description

This course is studio based. It involves a combination of structured research projects and individual work proposals initiated with staff consultation. The learning in this course simulates the work experience of a practicing artist where art works are self initiated, directed and finalized within the artists’ studio. Through self –directed projects you will be encouraged to develop visual ways of knowing, thinking and doing. You will work with industry professionals engaging in real problem solving experiences and will consider issues of professional practice, health and safety and a variety of methods of production.

In third year, you are expected to develop a greater self-reliance in the making of individual aesthetic and expressive decisions. You are also encouraged to develop a personal aesthetic sensitivity in relation to specific projects and to extensively define, research, document and present an area of material practice of direct interest to you and your ceramic practice. Your research will be encompassed into finished work.
Your individual programs will be developed in consultation with lecturers responsible for the third year program and you are given ongoing supervision and guidance for the development of your project. Professional practice prepares students for their role as studio artists beyond university. This Course has been designed to compliment Ceramics Advanced Studio 3B2.

There are four main areas of focus which will be addressed on an ongoing basis throughout this course:
1. Research skill development, expanding options for research
2. Exploration of contemporary concepts and material investigation, including development and initiation of a work proposal
3. Professional Practice skills, including exhibition preparation and folio documentation
4. Critical Analysis skill development, including peer review.

The course aims to:
• Extend and 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 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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context            
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  • develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future<o:p></o:p> that is both informed and improved by arts practice                 
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    At the successful conclusion of this subject you should:   
    • Demonstrate self-reliance, self-discipline and self-motivation in researching, organising and executing a practical program of work that extends the development of a personal aesthetic
    • Be able to initiate and pursue studies in directions which inform and further individual and professional 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. You will be expected to develop a studio work proposal which will outline their objectives and methods for organising a practical program of work. Ceramics Advanced Studio 3A1 & 3B2 have been designed as complimentary pracitces, therefore your approved work proposals will be recognized across both subject areas.

    A program of individual tutorials and group critiques will be scheduled to review progress and to develop the capacity for aesthetic judgement and rigorous self analysis. 

    You will be required to maintain the practice of using sketchbooks and journals/visual diaries as a means of research and documentation
    and 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

    A panel of staff from the course area will conduct assessment. The assessment will be reviewed and moderated by the course co-ordinator in collaboration with another course co-ordinator or program director.

    Assessment Criteria: Presentation of a resolved body of work as per studio proposal 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%