Sixth grade ceramics students create clay pots and vessels using pinch, slab, and coil methods. Continuing to develop skills introduced in the Lower School curriculum, boys explore several hand-building techniques to create a large composite pot which incorporates animal features or embellishments.
Students in seventh grade ceramics refine hand-building techniques learned in the sixth grade and apply new, more complex skills. They create personalized, ornate relief plaques, as well as surreal and fantastic sculptures that combine unrelated forms. Class discussions cover concepts such as architectural structure, texture, contrast, pattern, and unity, and there are many opportunities for journaling and art history discussions.
The primary focus in this course is on learning to “throw” on the potter’s wheel. After initial demonstrations, the course becomes largely self-directed, with the teacher acting as a resource and guide. This course emphasizes the artistic process, and, to some degree, trial and error, as boys become more experienced and confident with the particular challenges of centering and throwing pots, vases, mugs, and bowls. Students continue the process of wheel throwing by trimming their pieces and glazing, often using professionalquality dipping glazes that result in impressive creations displayed in the Kane Art Gallery.