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Houston Community College Central


Course Syllabus: Ceramics I

HCC Academic Program: ARTS Course Title: Ceramics I Course Rubric/Number: ARTS 2346 Semester: Fall 2013 Location: Central Campus, FAC 109 Course Reference Number (CRN) and Day/Time: CRN# 74495 9:30-3:30 WED Course Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 3 credits Course contact hours per semester: 96 Course length: Regular Term, 16 weeks Type of Instruction: 2 lecture/4 lab hours per week

Instructors: Gladys Bel and Kelley Eggert

Gladys Bel Office: Theatre One 102 Phone: 713-718-6606 Email address: gladys.bel@hccs.edu Learning web address: http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/gladys.bel Office Hours: Theatre One, Room 102 or FAC 109, by appointment, phone, or e-mail Kelley Eggert Email address: Kelley.eggert@hccs.edu Learning web address: http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/kelley.eggert Class Site: hccblog-o-dirt.blogspot.com Office Hours: Wednesday by appointment only

Course Description:
This studio course is an introduction to art using the clay medium. Sculptural approaches to clay (slab, pinch, coil, wheel) as well as surface treatment will be investigated. Glaze making and kiln technology will be introduced. The role of ceramics in art history and contemporary art will be explored. This course satisfies the fine arts component of the HCC core. Course Prerequisites: None 1

Course Goal: This course provides an introduction to the tools, techniques, and vocabulary of clay as an art medium. The emphasis is on problem solving in clay as investigated through traditional and non-traditional techniques. This course will examine the interdependence of medium and image (or form). Course Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Identify, define and understand the formal elements of art and the principles of design. 2. Demonstrate the ability to produce and present finished works of exhibition quality. 3. Produce and critique projects that coordinate descriptive and expressive possibilities of course media. 4. Select and verify course media and techniques in completed projects. Ceramics One Student Learning Objectives ~ related to each Learning Outcome Learning Outcome One: Identify, define and understand the formal elements of art and the principles of design. The Supporting Learning Objectives: 1.1. Identify the formal elements and principles of design. 1.2. Compare formal elements. 1.3. Compare principles of design. 1.4. Contrast formal elements. 1.5. Contrast principles of design. 1.6. Comprehend all the sub-categories of all the formal elements and principles of design. (for example, analytic or expressive line or symmetrical, radial or asymmetrical balance, etc.) 1.7. Express sub-categories of all the formal elements. Learning Outcome Two: Demonstrate the ability to produce and present finished works of exhibition quality. The Supporting Learning Objectives: 2.1. Produce exhibition-ready artworks. 2.2. Prepare entry labels. 2.3. Present completed exhibit entries before the entry deadline expires. 2.4. Select an artwork (made during the course) to be included in the student art exhibition. 2.5. Participate in the student exhibition. Learning Outcome Three: Produce and critique projects that coordinate descriptive and expressive possibilities of course media. The Supporting Learning Objectives: 3.1. Safely participate in the necessary practical tasks (safety and proficiency of handling of tools, supplies and equipment, etc.) involved with the course media. 3.2. Organize the formal elements and principles of design in course projects. 3.3. Establish artistic roles for course projects. 3.4. Summarize artistic themes for course projects. 3.5. Judge course projects. 3.6. Write 1000 words in a combination of writing assignments such as critiques, essays, research papers and/or journals. 3.7. Cultivate form and content in ceramics projects 3.8. Synthesize ceramics problems. 2

Learning Outcome Four: Select and verify course media and techniques in completed projects. The Supporting Learning Objectives: 4.1. Summarize the formal elements. 4.2. Select principles of design 4.3. Critique the work of peers. 4.4. Self-critique artistic output. 4.6. Verify form and content Core Curriculum Statement; This course fulfills the following core intellectual competencies: reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking and computer literacy. A variety of teaching and testing methods are used to assess these competencies. Reading: Reading at the college level means having the ability to understand, analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials: books, articles, and documents. Writing: Writing at the college level means having the ability to produce clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to a specific purpose, occasion, and audience. In addition to knowing how to use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, students should also become adept with the writing process, including how to determine a topic, how to organize and develop it, and how to phrase it effectively for their audience. These abilities are acquired through practice and reflection. Speaking: Effective speaking is the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience. Listening: Listening at the college level means having the ability to understand, analyze, and interpret various forms of spoken communication Critical Thinking: Critical thinking embraces methods for applying both qualitative and quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate arguments and to construct alternative strategies. Problem solving is one of the applications of critical thinking used to address an identified task. Computer Literacy: Computer literacy at the college level means having the ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information. Core-educated students should have an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology and should have the tools necessary to evaluate and learn new technologies as they become available.


Week 1 19 Week 2 26 Week 3 2 Week 4 9 Week 5 16 Week 6 23 Week 7 2 Week 8 9 16 Week 9 23 Week 10 30 Week 11 6 Week 12 13 Week 13 20 Week 14 27 Week 15 Last Wet Work = last day for wet clay, trimming, carving, slip decorating, etc. Deadline applies in our studio AND at home. On this day, remove all plastic and move pieces from greenware room to drying carts. It is the students responsibility to make pieces thin enough that they will be bone-dry for the Last Bisque firing. Generally, each 1/4 of clay thickness needs 1 week to dry. Some events on this calendar are tentative and subject to change. Please listen for announcements. Gray indicates a closed studio. 28 29 30 MAY 1 2 21

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Daily Calendar Ceramics 1Wed class

WEEK 1 1/15 Introduction Bel/ Eggert Eggert: Begin Project #1: Pinched Pot Sculptures Homework: Pinch all 4 spheres. Wrap up tightly. Due 1/22 at beginning of class Eggert DUE: 4 pinched spheres LECTURE: Clay Tools and Studio Safety test 1/29 DEMO: Slip and Score, Shape, Centering on the wheel Homework: put spheres together and shape. Have ready for attachments Eggert TEST: Clay tools and Studio Safety DEMO: Attaching appendages, Opening a vessel Homework: 4 thrown cylinders Eggert LECTURE: Clay and Time and Temperature- test 2/12 DEMO: Trimming, Handles Homework: Finish Pinch Pot Sculptures and Cups Eggert TEST: Clay and Time and Temperature Project #1: Pinch and #2: Wheel must be finished by end of class. Bel Begin Project #3: Coil and Slab













Bel Project #3 continued



Bel Begin Project #4: Moment in Time





Bel Project #4



Bel Complete Greenware Project #4: Moment in Time LAST CLASS FOR WET WORK Glaze Project #3 Eggert LECTURE: Glaze test 4/16 Glaze projects 1 and 2 Bel FINAL CRITIQUE of project #3 Glaze project #4; LAST CLASS FOR GLAZING Choose Show Piece Bel and Eggertsplit class TEST: Glaze Glue, paint, raku? Bel and Eggertsplit class CLEAN UP and other events











Bel and Eggertsplit class Bel: FINAL CRITIQUE of project #4 Pick up pieces from Student Show Eggert: Critique projects #1 and #2

Assignments & Instruction:

Student Assignments will include: practice exercises, individual creative projects, collaborative projects, readings, quizzes, verbal critiques, and a minimum of 1000 words of writing assignments (written critiques, gallery/museum assignments, etc.) Class time will include lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, scheduled and impromptu field trips, quizzes, practice exercises, time to work on projects, critiques, etc. Students will share the work of processing the clay pieces and daily maintenance of a clean safe studio. In addition, all students will take part in an end-of-the-semester studio clean up. Ceramic technology & safety will be an important part of the class. Outside of class, students will complete independent research and continue work on their projects. As in any academic course, students should anticipate and schedule "outside-of-class" working hours. These outside-of-class working hours will differ from person to person. But a good estimate is 6 hours per week. For ceramics, the ceramics studio is often the best place to spend these hours. Please see "Open Studio Hours" later in this document. Instructional Materials: There is no book required for this course. Please see attached materials list at the end of this document. Signing Your Ceramic projects: Youll be asked to invent an identifying mark to take the place of your signature. That mark should be put where it is not visible. Usually that means underneath the ceramic project. Late/missed work policy: There are no make-up quizzes. Instead, your lowest quiz grade will be dropped. No late art projects without an excellent excuse. If you have missed demonstrations or lectures due to illness, you might be able to see/heqr such during one of your professors other ceramics classes. However, your 10% participation grade comes from your activities during YOUR class time-not during a visit to another class.

HCCS Policies
HCC Policy Statement: Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the ADA Disability Services Office at the respective college at the beginning of each semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Ability Service Department at Central College (713-718-6164), or the District Office at 713-718-5165. To visit the ADA Web site, log on to www.hccs.edu. Click Future Students, Scroll down the page and click on the words Disability Information. http://www.hccs.edu/hccs/future-students/disability-services

HCC Policy Statement: Academic Honesty You are expected to be familiar with the College's Policy on Academic Honesty, found in the catalog and student handbook. Students are responsible for conducting themselves with honor and integrity in fulfilling course requirements. Penalties and/or disciplinary proceedings may be initiated by College System officials against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. Cheating on a test includes: Copying from another students test paper; Using materials during a test that are not authorized by the person giving the test; Collaborating with another student during a test without authority; Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of a test that has not bee administered; Bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered. Plagiarism means the appropriation of anothers work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in ones own written work offered for credit. Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work offered for credit. Violations: Possible punishments for academic dishonesty may include a grade of 0 or F on the particular assignment, failure in the course, and/or recommendation for probation or dismissal from the College System. A recommendation for suspension or expulsion will be referred to the College Dean of Student Development for disciplinary disposition. Grade Appeal: Students who wish to appeal a grade penalty should notify the instructional supervisor within 30 working days of the incident. A standing committee appointed by the College Dean of Instruction (Academic or Workforce) will convene to sustain, reduce, or reverse the grade penalty. The committee will be composed of two students, two faculty members, and one instructional administrator. A majority vote will decide the grade appeal and is final. HCCS Discrimination and Harassment Policy No student or employee of the College shall engage in harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and gender expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The College is responsible for maintaining a workplace free of harassment.

HCCS Attendance Policies

Official HCCS Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Students are responsible for material covered during their absences, and it is the students responsibility to consult with instructors for makeup assignments. Class attendance is checked daily by instructors.

Religious Holidays If you observe a religious holiday and miss class, you must notify your instructor in writing 2 weeks in advance to arrange to take a test or make up an assignment. A religious holiday is a holy day observed by a specific religion and the place of worship is exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20 of the Tax Code.

Ceramics Attendance Policy:

(In addition to the above Official HCCS policies) Missed Classes Students are expected to attend all classes. We recommend that you do not schedule appointments during this important time. Absences will be counted from the first class meeting onward. Tardiness: You will be considered tardy if arriving after class begins, or leaving before it ends. HCCS requires faculty to keep track of all missed class time, including that resulting from tardies. If you miss role call, it is your responsibility to immediately sign in upon arrival, and also verbally alert the professor to your arrival. If you leave early, you must also notify the professor at that time. Demonstrations and instructions are given at the start of class and throughout. Poor attendance and tardiness can affect your grade, since they will cause you to miss many of these events. Please communicate with your professors ASAP regarding absences, tardies, and any special personal difficulties. Illness: Please do not come to class if you are sick! You will spread it to the rest of us! In flu cases, remember that you should wait 24 hours AFTER your last fever, before returning to class. Up until that time, you are still contagious. HCC policy states that students who miss more than 12.5% of class time (in this class, more than 12 hours) MAY be dropped by the instructor and given a W-- by Monday, March 31 at 4:30 pm. See the next section.

HCCS Withdrawal Policies

Student-initiated Withdrawal: Students who choose to withdraw from the course must complete the process by Monday, March 31 at 4:30 pm. Following this day, students will receive a grade for the course. You may do this online without having to see a faculty member. However, students are strongly encouraged to speak with their instructor and/or counselor before choosing to withdraw. They may be able to provide suggestions that will enable you to complete the course. Your success is important. Faculty-initiated Withdrawal: Although it is the responsibility of the student to drop a course for non-attendance, the instructor has the authority to drop a student for excessive absences.

HCC policy states that students who miss more than 12.5% of class time (in this class, more than 12 hours) MAY be dropped by the instructor and given a W-- by Monday, March 31 at 4:30 pm. After this date, the instructor no longer has that option. Please speak to your professor as soon as possible if you have special circumstances that are affecting your attendance. However, do NOT count on your instructor to withdraw you. That is YOUR responsibility. FX Grade for Students Who Stop Attending Class If you stop attending class, WITHOUT being officially withdrawn by the due date, you will receive a grade of FX. Please note that the FX grade has financial aid repercussions. Six Course Withdrawal Limit: Effective 2007, section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code applies to first-time in college freshman students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education in the fall semester of 2007 or thereafter. High school students currently enrolled in HCC Dual Credit and Early College are waived from this requirement until they graduate from high school. Based on this law, HCC or any other Texas Public institution of higher education may not permit students to drop after the official day of record more than six college level credit courses for unacceptable reasons during their entire undergraduate career. Policies and procedures for this statute can be found on the HCCS website http://imc02.hccs.edu/gcac/drop.htm INTERNATIONAL students: Receiving a W in a course may affect the status of your student Visa. Once a W is given for the course, it will not be changed to an F because of the visa issue. Please contact the International Student Office at 713-718-8520, if you have any questions about your visa status and other transfer issues.

Other HCC Policies

Early Alert Program: To help students avoid having to drop/withdraw from any class, HCC has instituted an Early Alert process by which your professor may alert you and HCC counselors that you might fail a class because of excessive absences and/or poor academic performance. It is your responsibility to visit with your professor or a counselor to learn about what, if any, HCC interventions might be available to assist you online tutoring, child care, financial aid, job placement, etc. to stay in class and improve your academic performance. Repeat Course Fee: The State of Texas encourages students to complete college without having to repeat failed classes. To increase student success, students who repeat the same course more than twice, are required to pay extra tuition. The purpose of this extra tuition fee is to encourage students to pass their courses and to graduate. Effective fall 2006, HCC will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course. If you are considering course withdrawal because you are not earning passing grades, confer with your instructor/counselor as early as possible about your study habits, reading and writing homework, test taking skills, attendance, course participation, and opportunities for tutoring or other assistance that might be available.


EGLS3 -- Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System At Houston Community College, professors believe that thoughtful student feedback is necessary to improve teaching and learning. During a designated time, you will be asked to answer a short online survey of research-based questions related to instruction. The anonymous results of the survey will be made available to your professors and division chairs for continual improvement of instruction. Look for the survey as part of the Houston Community College Student System online near the end of the term.

Course Responsibilities/ Requirements

As your Instructor, it is my responsibility to: Provide the grading scale and detailed grading formula Inform students of policies such as attendance, withdrawal, tardiness and make up work Provide the course outline and class calendar Provide a clear, detailed description of projects or assignments as they occur Facilitate an effective learning environment Communicate with individual students outside of class as needed To be successful in this class, it is the students responsibility to: Attend class, be on time, and be prepared with the proper materials for each session Use class studio time wisely by focusing on assigned projects Keep copies of all paperwork, including the syllabus, articles, and handouts Respect the space and materials of other class members Clean up thoroughly after each studio session Be prepared for critique sessions: have complete assignments and be prepared to participate in the verbal critique process HCC Art Discipline Requirements By the end of the semester the student who passes with a final grade of C or above will have demonstrated the ability to: Complete and comprehend the objectives of all graded assignments Attend class regularly, missing no more than 12.5% of instruction (12 hours) Arrive at class promptly and with the required supplies for that days session Participate in the shared responsibilities for studio clean-up Exhibit safe studio habits Be prepared for and participate in class critiques Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language Demonstrate the ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information Complete a minimum of 1000 words in a combination of writing assignments and/or projects Demonstrate the ability to present works of exhibition quality Build a clay form using the pinch technique Build a clay form using the coil technique Build a clay form using the slab technique Build a clay form using the wheel-throwing technique Build a clay form using a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building technique Explore a variety of slip application techniques Explore a variety of glazes and application Explore a variety of surfaces: low-fired, raku-fired, smoked, and painted Assist in loading and unloading a kiln. 11

HCC Grading Information: 90100 percent A EXCELLENT Exceptionally fine work; superior in presentation, visual observation, comprehension and participation GOOD Above average work and participation; superior in one or two areas FAIR Average work; work that is comparable to the average done by students at the same level of experience, past and present. PASSING Below average work; noticeably weak with minimal participation FAILING Failure to fulfill requirements. Deficient work of very poor technical and aesthetic quality. FAILING DUE TO NON-ATTENDANCE

8089 percent 7079 percent


6069 percent Below 60 percent



Incomplete Grade The grade of "I" (Incomplete) is conditional. If a student has completed at least 80% of the course work and wishes additional time to complete the remaining 20%, she may request a grade of "Incomplete" from the instructor. If the instructor agrees, the Incomplete will be given. However, students receiving an "I" must make an arrangement with the instructor, in writing, to complete the course work within six months. After the deadline, the "I" becomes an "F." All "I" designations must be changed to grades prior to graduation. Changed grades will appear on student record as "I"/Grade (example: "I/A"). If a students "I" grade changes during a semester, it is the students responsibility to inform the financial aid office of the change. If the change of grade will affect the students financial aid eligibility, the financial aid office will then do a recalculation during the semester. Otherwise, the change of grade will not be factored into the overall completion rate until the next increment of evaluation. Withdrawal Grade The grade of "W" (Withdrawal) appears on grade reports when students withdraw from a class by the drop deadline. Instructors have the option of electronically dropping students up to the deadline. After the deadline, instructors do not have that option not even when entering final grades.


Instructors Final Grading Legend & Criteria: 10% quizzes The 3 quizzes will cover information given in lectures and demonstrations. All quizzes are comprehensivecovering both new and old information. There are no make-up quizzes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped and the best 2 will be averaged. 80% 4 Art projects: 20% = Pinch 20% = Wheel 20% = Slab and Coil 20% = Moment in Time

Instructor Grading Criteria Homework, assignments and projects will be evaluated on the following criteria: Adherence to all assigned guidelines and requirements Adherence to deadlines. Creativity and Originality: solving the assignments in an imaginative and unique way Level of technical difficulty attempted and achieved Effort in development, communication and execution of ideas Honesty: Submit your own work 10% class participation prompt arrival with all tools and materials daily in-class-activities sketchbook/notebook and homework critiques (verbal & written) museum/ gallery assignments student show shared studio jobs final clean-up general contribution to the class learning environment 100% TOTAL

Studio and Art Department Policies

Health Policies: The following safety and health policies must be followed: 1. Students must follow all safety rules 2. Students are responsible for prompt cleaning of all their work areas 3. No food or drink in the studio 4. No children in studio or courtyard 5. Due to the toxic nature of some ceramic materials, high-risk students should consult with their doctor before taking ceramics and certain other art courses. Read the attachment at the end of this syllabus. Sign the matching copy, and give to your instructor.


Studio Limitations: 1. A college ceramic studio is meant to handle the volume of work typically done by beginning and intermediate students. When kiln space is limited, preference will be given to students who have had fewer pieces fired. 2. Kilns and ceramic studio are reserved for: a. students currently enrolled in Central College ceramics classes b. other Central College Art students when their teacher accompanies them c. current Central College Art faculty 3. These items are NOT allowed in our Central College ceramic studio: a. clay that is not on the approved list b. pieces that have been fired elsewhere (they can not be fired in our kilns) c. slips, glazes, or overglazes that contain lead or cadmium Open Studio: Like all college courses, work outside of class time will be necessary. Class time is for that class only. Open Studio hours are for all HCC/Central ceramics students. See attachment: Open Studio Hours. Room Keys: To enter a locked studio, you need to present your key card to the fine arts office secretary. Please return the key immediately after unlocking the room. However, if you want to pick up or drop off the room key, you must get to the fine arts office 1/2 hour before the above closing times. Studio Lockers: You will need a lock. Please give your professor the combination or an extra key. Security: Please keep all valuables (purses, backpacks, cell phones, etc) in your locker. Thieves passing in the hallway will stop to look for items. For your personal security, please keep the door locked when you are working alone. Also note the location of the room phone, and the number for the campus police (88888). Broken pieces: Because ceramics is a fragile medium it is expected that some pieces might break during drying, loading, or firing. Please save the broken parts to show your instructor, and she will advise you how to proceed. If you break someones piece, leave an apologetic note with your name signed! Cell Phones, Beepers, and Ipods/MP3s: Please turn off your cell phones and beepers upon entering class. Do not receive or send calls or text-messages during class time. Do not leave class in order to use your phone. Personal listening devices are not allowed during class time. For emergencies, have people call 713-7186600 and the office staff will bring you the message. Computers: You may not use your computer in class, unless your professor has given you specific instructions to do so.


Recording Devices: The following restrictions apply to camera phones, cameras, audio/tape recorders, video recorders, and any other electronic device that is capable of recording the human voice or image. Use of recording devices, including camera phones and tape recorders, is prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and other locations where instruction, tutoring or testing occurs. Exceptions: Exceptions can be made for students performing official business on behalf of HCC (investigatory, archival, educational, and journalism purposes). Please seek approval from your instructor.) Other exceptions include disabilities. In the Central Art Dept, a release form (signed by you) allows you and your work to be photographed for college purposes. Studio Environment: Art-making requires concentration. Talking will disrupt this concentrationboth for you and others. If you want to socialize, come early and stay late. Before and after class is the social time. Music However, music (instrumental) can be wonderful accompaniment to art-making. At times, we'll attempt to agree on music that all can appreciate, via radio/CD player for the group. NO individual systems allowed during class time. Guests: During class time, guests are not allowed. However, during OPEN STUDIO you are encouraged to BRIEFLY show the ceramics studio to friends who might be interested in seeing your work. These guests are not allowed to make work, or use the studio themselves, or Hang Out. For that, they need to sign up for a class. Children are not permitted in college classrooms or unattended on campus. Green Classroom: This is a green classroom. We make all efforts to consider the environment when using, cleaning, and disposing of ceramic materials. In the main studio, use sponges for cleaning, and your own towels for hand-drying. In the glaze lab, use newspaper on counters and floors, and a final wipe with a wet paper towel (not a sponge). Use paper towel sparingly! Academic advisement: Academic advisement with full-time faculty in ARTS is available by appointment through the Fine Arts Office in FAC 101. Medical Insurance: Information regarding low-cost health insurance for students is available in the Fine Arts office. Such insurance covers both injury and illness, both on and off campus. Tutoring: Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring services offered by the English Department located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center next to the English office. Tutors will assist writing assignments and are especially helpful for students when English is a second language. In addition, online tutoring is available 24/7 at www.askonline.net. Submissions are returned within 24 hours or less.


OPEN STUDIO HOURS SPRING 2014 We have 5 ceramics classes this semester. Class time is reserved for that class only. Open Studio hours are for all HCC/Central ceramics students. During open studio time, students MUST clean up and exit the room by the closing hour. Failure to do so is disrespectful to an incoming class, or to staff who are waiting to go home.


Tues 8-9 am open studio 9-12 Bel class

Wed 8-9 am open studio

Thurs 8-9 am open studio 9-12 Bel class

Fri 8-9 am open studio 9-3 Eggert class


8 am 6 pm open studio

12-1 open studio 1-4 Bel class

9:30-3:30 Bel - Eggert class

8 am - 3:30 open studio 12-1 open studio 1-4 Bel class

3 6 pm open studio 4 - 9:30 pm open studio 6-9 class . 6-9 class . 4 - 9:30 pm open studio




COST: $140 if you buy everything, including ALL of the semester's clay COST: $100 if you use some studio clay. COST: $60 if you use some studio clay and already have, or substitute, some of these items. If you are a Financial Aid student waiting for your money, speak to your professor ASAP.

ESSENTIAL: (Ceramic Store prices):

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 14.00 4.00 3.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 2.00 1.00 13.50 25 lbs of store-bought clay, as chosen by your professor, from the approved list. (After this first 25 lbs, the remainder may be store-bought, OR free studio clay. Over the semester, you will use about 75-100 total lbs.) fettling knife #97 scoring tool (or old fork from home) double ball sgraffito tool DBS-6 (or use a dull pencil) rubber rib, small red or blue round bamboo brush, small 1" x 1" flat rabbit hair brush 1 small detail brush--pointed pottery tool kit: small throwing sponge needle tool cut-off wire wooden modeling tool large loop tool smaller ribbon tool wooden rib flexible metal rib 2-3 small jars of Non-Toxic Underglaze Ceramic Store: Amaco Liquid Underglaze/ LUG series 2 oz/ $5 each Mayco Stroke & Coat Underglaze 2 oz/ $3 each TEXAS ART: Duncan Concepts Underglaze 2 oz/ $3.60 each Duncan Cover-Coat Opaque Underglaze 2 oz/ $3.60 each



Other Store or Home: ____ apron or old, large shirt (ceramics store sells a nice $13 apron) ____ 6 plastic bags (13 to 33 gallon) or dry cleaning bags, no grocery bags! ____ 1 or 2 gallon bucket with handle (bring an empty plastic 1-gallon-milk jug) ____ sponge, large (for cleaning your table) ____ 2 small plastic containers with lids ____ old bath towel, and 2 hand towels or rags ____ rubber or latex gloves (long, not short) ____ mist spray bottle (or use studio ones) ____ lock (combination or key) ____ small box to hold your small fired pieces (shoebox size or larger) ____ small toolbox (or use your bucket for tool storage) ____ 3 ring binder with unlined paper and lined paper ____ pen, pencil, and eraser SOURCES: th Ceramic Store (in the Heights--West 11 St., east of Shepherd). Texas Art Supply (on Montrose between Fairview and West Gray) carries some clay, tools, & glazes. Grocery, drugstores & hardware stores for some items


Pottery Tool Kit--contains 8 tools 25 lbs of clay from approved list

fettling knife

1" x 1" rabbit hair brush bamboo brush

rubber rib


Approved Clays
SPRING 2014 HCC/Central Art Department The Art Department at Central College/HCCS has approved the following clays for use in our classes. Your professor will tell you which clays are best suited to specific assigned projects. None of these clays is low-fire.
Low-fire clays (cone 04-06) can end up in a high fire kiln and create meltdowns.

These clays are Talc-free.

Talc is sometimes contaminated with asbestos (which is highly toxic and difficult to remove from a studio). Some talc companies use inadequate asbestos-testing techniques, so their safety claims are not always valid.

Clays NOT on this list MUST be approved through your instructor BEFORE using. Note: if a clay can be fired to cone 10, it will be talc-free and can be used in our studio. Clay bags MUST be marked with your name, the clay name, and the cone number. Unmarked clay will be removed from the studio.

Approved clays/Ceramic Store:

cone 5 stoneware: Cinco Rojo
reddish @ cone 04, plum @ cone 9-10 (NOT Cinco Blanco, which contains Talc) Buffalo Wallow reddish @ cone 04, contains barium carb, to prevent scumming Red Calico reddish @ cone 04, plum @ cone 9-10

cone 10 stoneware:

Armstone . . . . . . . . . Grande . . . . . . . . . Balcones Dark Balcones Balcones White Gruene Butter Dillo White B-mix 10 Coleman Porcelain Nara Porcelain Armadillo Porcelain Toshi Porcelain Slip

coarse sand, good for thick pieces, 7% bisque -10% maturity shrinkage coarse grog, good for thick pieces, only 7-10% shrinkage 7-12% shrinkage 7-12% shrinkage 7-12% shrinkage 7-12% shrinkage 7-12% shrinkage 7-12% shrinkage (NOT B-mix 5 which contains Talc) 7-13.5% shrinkage 7-14% shrinkage 7-15% shrinkage smooth casting slip (NOT Laguna Porcelain Sipa cone 5 porcelain casting slip which contains Talc)

cone 10 porcelain:

Approved clays/Texas Art Supply: on Montrose near Fairview

cone 10 stoneware: No. 1 Stoneware Clay ($21 for 25 lbs--on sale for $12.65) Stoneware Special II ($25.78 for 25 lbs--on sale for $15.46)
[We do NOT recommend these clays because they are often twice the cost of the Ceramics store and frequently too hard. But the store is close to campus.]

Other Approved Clays:

Recycled cone 9-10 clay from our studio recycling buckets. Clay you dig up yourself (test first, to determine firing cone and shrinkage.)

[Note: Do NOT buy clay from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.]


Cost of Approved Clays from the Ceramic Store for HCC/Central students SPRING 2014
Below are the approved clays from the Ceramic Store. Different clays can be combined into 1 order. It is always cheaper to buy in larger quantities. If 2 or more students buy clay together, using only 1 invoice, you can get this better rate. To pay, you can pool your cash, OR 1 person can write a check or use a credit card (with others reimbursing that person).


25lb (per lb)

50lb (per lb)

24.50 (.49) 25.00 (.50)

100lb (per lb)

43.00 (.43) 48.00 (.48)

CINCO ROJO 14.00 (.56) BUFFALO WALLOW RED CALICO (WC881) . 14.75 (.59)


14.00 (.56) " " 14.75 (.59)

24.50 (.49) " " 25.00 (.50)

41.00 (.41) 41.00 (.41) 41.00 (.41) 41.00 (.41) 43.00 (.43) 43.00 (.43) 41.00 (.41) 48.00 (.48)



24.50 (.49) 32.00 (.64) 46.00 (.92)

43.00 (.43) 57.00 (.57) 79.00 (.79)

PORCELAIN Cone 10 14.00 (.56) NARA PORCELAIN 17.50 (.70) COLEMAN PORCELAIN 26.00 (1.04) TOSHI PORCELAIN SLIP 1 GAL= $10.98

1002 West 11th St. Houston TX 77008 713.864.6442 outside the Houston area 800.290.8990 Email: ceramicstoreinc@sbcglobal.net

Store hours are: Monday Thursday 8:30 to 5:30 Friday -- Saturday 9:30 to 4:00 Warehouse closes 1/2 hour before store closes.


HAZARDOUS ART MATERIALS Many art materials are toxic and can enter the body through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact, then traveling via the bloodstream to the organs. The danger of any substance depends on its toxicity, amount you take in, duration of exposure, frequency of exposure, your total body burden (total exposure to that chemical from all sources), multiplying effect (multiple chemicals, especially if they target one organ), and whether you are part of a high risk group. HIGH RISK GROUPS 1. Children and Adolescents High-risk groups include children and adolescents (their more rapid metabolism absorbs toxins more easily.) Consequently, children are not allowed in our studios. Adolescents from the High School Dual Credit Program enter courses which use less toxic materials. 2. The elderly, smokers, heavy drinkers, asthmatics, people with liver, kidney, heart or lung damage, persons with suppressed immune systems, and some disabled persons because of their disabilities or medications that might make their bodies more vulnerable to particular chemicals: These persons should consult with their doctor. 3. Pregnant Women and Persons trying to Conceive: Pregnant women, like children & adolescents, have a speeded up metabolism that makes them more susceptible to absorption of certain chemicals. Their growing fetus is also susceptible. Many chemicals--called teratogens--can damage the fetus, even when present in very small amounts, and cause severe birth defects. Other chemicals are fetotoxic and may cause spontaneous abortions and miscarriages. Still others are mutagenic--causing damage to the egg or sperm before conception, especially in the 3 months prior. One major problem is that most chemicals--including most art materials--have not been tested to see if they cause mutations before pregnancy or damage the fetus during pregnancy. Even those art materials labeled "Non-Toxic" might be dangerous. The federal government warns of these labels: "Since knowledge about chronic health hazards is incomplete and warnings cannot cover all uses of any product, it is not possible for precautionary labeling to ensure completely safe use of an art product." As a result, some experts give the same advice that physicians give to pregnant women about medications: "avoid them if possible during pregnancy, not because we know they are dangerous but because we do not know whether they are safe." Some experts believe that pregnant women can work with some art materials without absorbing them into the body. "Avoiding skin contact and ingestion of toxic materials is relatively easy, through simple hygiene precautions. However, inhalation of toxic, airborne materials is often harder to avoid. This is especially of concern with toxic solvent vapors, metal dusts, and gases." Experts warn that respirators do not give pregnant women adequate protection from airborne toxic chemicals. Also, airborne materials can linger in a studio where other students have worked. Courses like ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry/metals, fibers, drawing, and design will include airborne materials and are thus NOT suitable for pregnant women. Watercolor and Acrylic Painting might be suitable if no solvents are used by anyone in the classroom. However, gloves would have to protect against skin absorption of heavy metals, especially teratogens like Cadmium that are found in some paints. Digital Art typically uses no toxic materials. Consult with your doctor. 4. Women Nursing A breast fed infant can be poisoned if the mother has been exposed to toxic chemicals. While the amount of absorbed chemical may be too small to adversely affect the woman herself, the nursing child is at risk. Experts advise that nursing women adhere to the recommendations for Pregnant Women. Consult with your doctor. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have received a take-home-copy of the above information regarding High Risk Students and I understand that it is my responsibility to consult my physician if any of the above conditions pertain to me. I have also been advised by the instructor the location of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), eyewash station and first aid kit in the studio/classroom. STUDENT SIGNATURE_________________________________________________ DATE_____________________ PRINTED NAME___________________________________________________