Ceramics II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 234

       Course Name: Ceramics II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 134 or consent of instructor or department chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is a continuation of ART 134, further exploring ceramic techniques, glaze calculation and aesthetic evaluation. Focus is on development of personal visual language. Studio work outside of regular class time is required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A. Student will create original works of functional and non-functional art in clay.
B. Student will perform and improve wheel-throwing techniques and hand building ability.
C. Student will construct functional and non-functional vessels having handles, lids, grips, and spouts.
D. Student will consider and employ both sculptural and functional concepts into ceramic objects.
E. Student will understand fundamental glaze components and interactions when mixed.
F. Student will evaluate and discuss through class critique his/her own as well as others’ artwork.
G. While not responsible for this studio function...student will learn to load, fire and unload kiln.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Glaze Technology:  By lecture, reading and experimentation students will learn how to use the tools associated with glaze formulation and the attributes of basic glaze materials.
B. Construction techniques
         1. Wheel throwing:  basic forms, adding coils and sections for combined forms.
         2. Throwing multiple pieces from one piece of clay.
         3. Trimming over a bowl or hump.
         4. Support systems for soft clay forms.
         5. Forms built from several combined hand-building methods.
C. Surface treatment    
         1. Uses of black and white slip, including sgraffito, mishima and brushwork.
         2. Demonstration and discussion of methods to create a line, i.e., cut, draw, paint, light on dark, dark on light, trailing.
         3. Effect of surface and textural materials on sculpture and pottery.
         4. Uses of dry surface and textural materials on sculpture and pottery.
D. Aspects of utilitarian pottery
         1. Relationships of weight, form and mass.
         2. Both technical demonstration and discussion of the aesthetic effect on the whole pot of handles, lids, flange and spouts.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Technical demonstration; slide presentations with lecture/discussion, and movies; individual assistance for students with technical and conceptual questions; group class review of the student work with extensive class discussion; field trips to an area museum and gallery; reference and reading material on reserve in the library.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A. 10 finished glazed pieces that demonstrate proficiency in hand building and wheel throwing techniques
B. Work with clay, glazes and the tools of the course
C. Discussion of our work with class and teacher
D. Attend class and do assignments

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Clay, glaze, slip, films, PowerPoints, Internet searches, and books on reserve and in circulation in the library.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Informal individual discussion, critiques, and periodic formal review of assignments and open work. Group review at midterm and end of semester. Grade determined at final review of work and mid-term individual discussion of your work. Individual finished pieces graded and averaged, approximately 80% of final grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

Make-up exams, incomplete grades, late assignments are at the discretion of the instructor.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.