Welcome to beginning pottery! There is a reason why ceramics is one of, if not the most popular programs at our school. Ceramics gives you the opportunity to do what you always wanted to do as a kid but got in trouble for, which is playing in the mud!
This is our class website. This is going to be a important resource for you to use when you need class documents or when you have missed class. Here we will store handouts, videos, and PowerPoint presentations that will allow you to catch up on class content that you have missed. The drop down above will have 6 options for you to explore: Wedging, pinch, coil, slab, wheel, and assignments. There are 4 main methods of construction in ceramics, which are pinch, coil, slab, and wheel. In each of these drop downs there will be content and videos for you to explore to help you learn or further your understanding of these particular methods. In the assignment tab our class assignments will be listed broken down by each quarter. When you miss class or have forgotten how to complete a particular project please review this material first.
You Get What You Put Into It!
Most of you have probably never done ceramics before. Most of you have never sat down at a wheel. If you have never done something before, then it would probably not be very realistic to expect yourself to be awesome at it the first time you try. Throwing on the wheel can be intimidating and a little scary at first. The more you try the less scary it will be and the more you will improve! Be patient with yourself and be willing to put in enough time to see yourself get better.
One great way to get better at pottery is to watch other people do it. Next time you find yourself sitting on your phone watching people on Snapchat act like fools while trying out the latest filters, try instead to look up interesting ceramic videos! I promise there is some amazing stuff out there that is super cool and very interesting. One great place I like to look is the YouTube video blog of Hsinchuen Lin. He is a professional potter from Taiwan who has devoted his life to ceramics. He will blow your mind! You can see his videos here:
Class Syllabus/Disclosure Document
Every student should have a copy of the class disclosure. On the backside is a place to date and sign that the student and their guardian have read and understand the expectations and rules of the class. This signed slip is worth points and will be your first assignment. If you are new to the class or simply lost yours please download it here.