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Ceramics projects
(for Mr. Zimmer's ceramics students

Note: Sample images of each project coming soon!!

Note to students: ALWAYS strive to create unique and inventive forms, go beyond the basics!  Consider making regular use the internet and the library in order to acquaint yourself with professional work.  Also consider sketching out ideas on paper before starting with actual clay.


Coil construction project (go beyond the basic technique, consider integrating an alternate texture OR even a face!)

Slab construction project (explore textured slabs, cups with handles, vases, etc.)

Wheel projects:

  • Cylinder (6” size high minimum)
  • Bowl (6” size diameter)
  • Plate (6” size diameter)
  • Thrown and assembled project  (stacked shapes)
  • Thrown and altered project
  • Footed and lidded container

Create a pot with a handle (any size and any building method)

Animal sculpture project (real or imaginary) -- FISH

Hand-building project -- BUTTER DISHES (design a piece for a special purpose)

Pouring vessel (vessel with spout / thrown or hand-built)

Emulation project (consider searching the web for ideas)

Free choice project (wheel or hand-built)

Raku project


Ceramics (advanced):

Create an 10"+ cylindrical form using any building method, or methods

Design a series of forms that fit together visually or physically

Assemble a single piece from three or more initial parts

Create a project inspired by nature (functional OR sculptural)

Throw and alter a piece created on the potter’s wheel

Create a set (2 or more) that incorporates a pedestal base (ex. set of goblets etc.)

Revision project (refine a previous project and/or enhance it is some way)

Create five glaze test tiles of your own combination (be sure to clearly label them!)

Wheel thrown and lidded container bowl form (casserole size)

Create a set of pots with handles

Create a project that involves three distinctive textures

Create an extra large platter (with or without a textured design)

Create a single set of dinnerware (plate, cup, bowl), design MUST relate

Create a large lidded container (cookie jar, casserole, etc.)

Create the largest piece you can with exactly four points of clay

Raku project

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