The Ceramics elective in stage 5 builds on the Stage 4 Mandatory Visual Arts course, with a specific focus on ceramic mediums. The course includes constructing, firing and glazing earthenware and stoneware to make an array of works such as functional pieces, sculptural works and wearable objects.
It embeds various ceramic techniques including wheel throwing, slip casting, hand building and surface decoration to construct artworks.
60% of lessons and assessment are based on practical elements and construction, while 40% of the course is focused on Historical and Critical investigations into Ceramics.
Students will be required to keep a Ceramic Process Diary which will allow students to document drawings, clay experiments, kiln technology, glaze recipes, organise their concepts and complete self-directed research on inspiring artists to help shape each students personal practice.
Students will also learn about kiln technology and how to create their own glaze recipes while working through small skill building tasks to eventually construct a self-directed work.