About ARTS 114 A

Development of throwing skills and the capacity to create a range of forms. Investigation of surface treatment techniques such as slip painting and glazing. Low-fire and stoneware firing. Related clay and glaze technology. Prerequisites: ARTS 012.


$55 Lab Fee; Open to Degree and CDE students. Prereqs enforced by the system: ARTS 012; SART, AHST, ARTE Majors; ARTS, AHST Minors only; Restrictions to be lifted the Monday following Registration

Section Description

“In just taking an apple from the tree, and eating the whole thing, there are no mistakes to be made.” - Shoji Hamada In this course, the potter’s wheel is used as the primary forming process for making functional and sculptural stoneware pieces. Students will gain considerable experience with process and materials developing the necessary skills and competence to connect the hand and eye with the heart and mind. What constitutes a well thrown form technically and sculpturally? How do we determine proper proportion, form and function? Visual, tactile and historical possibilities are explored using stoneware clay, slips, oxides and glazes high-fired in a gas kiln. During the course of the semester, students are required to work independently to demonstrate their command of various forms and techniques set forth in the course syllabus. Students will be required to conceive of a cohesive body of work for a final project that exhibits developed skills and an ability to think analytically and creatively. Students will be evaluated on punctual and consistent class participation, strong work ethic, and successfully completed work carried out in a timely, professional manner. Tools can be purchased at the UVM Bookstore.

Section Expectation

OBJECTIVES: *Establish a technical and intuitive understanding of the nature of clay and working on the wheel. *Develop an understanding and vocabulary with glazes in order to enhance the impact of your work. *Develop sufficient command of the process through consistent practice whereby your work can be carried out with skill and confidence. *Familiarize yourself so thoroughly with technique and materials that process becomes secondary to your own personal expression. *Conceive of a cohesive body of work towards the end of semester that exhibits your new skills, and your ability to think analytically and creatively. ATTENDANCE: The key to achieving success with throwing is putting in time at the wheel and practicing on a regular basis. We cover a lot of ground during each class and it is VERY IMPORTANT I see you twice weekly to monitor your progress. For every (2) hours you spend with me in class, you are expected to spend at least (2) hours in the studio on your own, refining your technique. You should expect to spend at least (4) hours of your own time working in the studio independently or working with fellow students. The time you spend at the wheel is directly related to the success of your work.


GRADES: Grades are based on assignments, class participation, dedication towards self directed work, mastery of technique, and respect for a clean studio. Much weight is placed on full, consistent class attendance, strong work ethic, problem solving, and seeing your work through from start to finish. The amount of time and effort you focus towards your work will directly impact your final grade. 60% of your grade = Final Independent Project. 40% of your grade = Consistent and Focused Studio and Class Participation.

Course Dates



Williams Hall 106 (View Campus Map)


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