Ceramics I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 134

       Course Name: Ceramics I

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines techniques of hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics. Content includes decorating and glazing techniques, understanding of appropriate form. Studio work outside of regular class time required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Student will develop, employ and create functional and/or non-functional works of art in clay.
  2. Student will demonstrate understanding and technical knowledge of various hand building techniques.
  3. Student will demonstrate knowledge of clay preparations, construction, development, firing, and glazing of original ceramic works from concept to finish pieces.
  4. Student art work created will reflect and implement uses of construction techniques, glaze and firing methods, surface texture, pattern, form, color, size, utility, non-functionality, and positive and negative space.
  5. Student will evaluate and discuss through class critique his/her own as well as others’ artwork.
  6. Student will be introduced to wheel-throwing technique.

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

  1. Methods of Construction:  coil, pinch, slab, mold and potters wheel.
  2. Methods of applying glaze:  dip, pour, paint, spray, resists and oxides with glaze.
  3. Methods of firing:  stoneware, raku, burnished sawdust firing.
  4. Conceptual uses/considerations of the construction, glaze and firing methods from above:  surface texture and pattern, form, color, tone, relative size, utility, non functional, negative space.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Demonstrations and lectures
  2. Individual discussion
  3. Group discussion
  4. Field trips
  5. Films, PowerPoint presentations, Internet searches
  6. Students working on their own to complete assignments

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Work with clay, glazes and the tools of the course
  2. Discussion of our work
  3. 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, films, PowerPoints, Internet searches, and books on reserve and in circulation in the library.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Informal individual discussion 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 with a grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

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.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.