- First marking period:
Project #1: Action vessel
(hand-built / coil construction)
/ make it look like it's moving! Also, consider incorporating
autobiographical elements -- updated pics coming soon!
Project #2: Cylinder -- wheel-thrown / 6"- 8" cylinder form / free form and
interesting! Be sure your piece has a base, body and clearly defined
rim. Consider making additional cylindrical piece on the wheel.
- Project #3: Bowl
-- wheel-thrown /
8"-10" bowl form / with a smooth interior
- Project #4: Plate
/ Platter -- wheel-thrown /
8"-10" plate form / consider
applying multiple underglazes to the raw clay surface and perhaps etching through to the raw
(white) clay color.
Project #5: Footed & lidded container - wheel thrown and/or handbuilt
(any size) - consider altering the surface with texture!
Project #6: Thrown and assembled vessel -- create multiple forms
(wheel and/or hand-built) and combine them to into a single (cohesive)
Examples will be discussed and viewed in class.
All students must select a presentation topic prior to the end of the
first marking period (see:
Extra projects are strongly encouraged, especially during spring-term
for raku and salt firings. Mr. Zimmer also offers students the
opportunity to fire pieces in his gas (salt) kiln in Mystic, CT.
pictures of the Mr. Zimmer's kiln in Mystic. Additional
pictures and updates coming soon!
Second marking period (note: multiple raku
and low-fire salt firings occur during spring-term)
- Project #1: PowerPoint
presentation -- 10-15 minute presentation. Be
sure to explain any new vocabulary and to have lots
of pictures that illustrate ideas/concepts. Suggest things to try and leave time for
#2: Emulation project -- select one or more of the artists
discussed during class and construct a piece of your own that emulates
(similar to) their work.
- Project #3: All
work from first term must be glazed and submitted for a final grade
Project #4: Create a vessel that will pour (spout and
handle are a must!) -- use any building method
Project #5: Raku project / use raku glazes on one of your pieces (does not have to
be a new piece!). Grade is based on inventive glazing and firing.
- Project #6: Extra
large platter / inventive
pattern (any building method) - integrate pattern and form, use under-glaze
slip and/or multiple glazes to create pattern and texture to the surface
- Project #7:
Pots-in-series project (two or more items that relate to one another).
or hand-built / dinnerware plate, bowl, small
plate and drinking vessel. Consider constructing a tray-like shape,
which would frame or relate to the forms placed on the tray
End of the second marking period
- Seniors (Spring
semester only) are exempt from the following projects :
Project #6: Large platter / inventive
pattern (any building method) - under-glaze applied to wet clay
Project #7: Wheel-thrown
or hand-built / dinnerware set of two or more of each form: plate, bowl, small
plate and drinking vessel
Please note: Grades are available online
Advanced ceramics project list:
Project #1: 12+ thrown test
tiles. Be sure to create a hole in each tile so we can display
results in the studio. Suggestion: consider making many additional
tiles and testing new combinations of glazes during the course of the
Project #2: Thrown
and altered form
Project #3: Thrown and
Project #4: Artist
emulation project. Suggestion: consider making a series of pieces
that relate in some way to another artist work or style of art (i.e.
surrealism, cubism, abstract expressionism, etc.).
Additional projects will be announced