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This is a complete list of assignments and brief descriptions for each unit with links to student instructions and teacher lesson plans.

Unit One | Unit Two | Unit Three | Unit Four | Unit Five

Unit 1: Introduction and Overview

Ceramic Terms and Processes

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

It is vitally important to your ability to learn to create beautiful ceramics that you understand the terms used in the instructions. Also, handling the materials and gaining some firsthand experience with what they will and will not do is also important. You will begin both in this overview.

A New Technology: An Early History of Pottery

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

What is technology and why would we consider that at one time pottery-making was a new, radical technology? What needs did pottery address in those times and places and how are those needs addressed today? Why do people do pottery today? What technologies today serve similar purposes to pottery from its early beginnings? How are techniques and processes that we use today to create pottery similar to and different from those used by early civilizations?

My Amulet Necklace

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Explore the spiritual/ mystical uses to which clay has been put to use since time immemorial. What powers did past peoples attribute to symbolic items such as fetishes, charms, amulets, and talismans? What attitudes and qualities in themselves go beyond the physical? What purposes have people had for ceramic items? Do these purposes have any things in common? Do they cross cultural and geographical boundaries?

Unit One | Unit Two | Unit Three | Unit Four | Unit Five

Unit 2: Pinch Pot Construction

"Impress"ive Pinch Pot Vases

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Explore the work of contemporary ceramic artists working with the pinch method of construction. Get tips from some pros. Then by the end of this assignment you will have created two or three pinch pot vases with impressed or stamped designs.

Pinch Constructed Whistles - Plain and Animal Shapes

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

There are several ways to make a whistle in clay. Explore at least one of them and create your own whistle.

Unit One | Unit Two | Unit Three | Unit Four | Unit Five

Unit 3: Coil Pot Construction

Ancient Native Americans: Uncovering Past Civilizations

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Explore the coil-constructed pottery of the Mississippians and the Mimbres, two ancient North American civilizations from the mysterious past in this web activity.

Mimbres Inspired Coil Bowls

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

After seeing the beautiful pottery created by the Mimbres, you won't be able to resist creating one yourself. This project can also be used as a fabulous fundraising activity for your favorite charity.

Mississippian Inspired Coil Pots

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Create a coil pot with rhythmic flowing designs by letting the coils show on the outside of the pot.

The Minoan Civilization

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Learn about an incredible civilization that flourished over 3000 years ago.

Slip Decorated Elegant Pots

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Try your skill at making very elegant coil pots. The secret is to use a template to create your shape. These pots make wonderful vases and are glazed inside and out so that they can hold water.

Unit One | Unit Two | Unit Three | Unit Four | Unit Five

Unit 4: Slab Construction

The Industrial Revolution and Arts & Crafts

Web Adventure | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Slab Box Decorated with Sprigs or Cut-outs

Detailed Student Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Follow along step by step to create this rounded slab box with lid. Decorate it with sprigs and impressions and underglazes.

Box with Carved Lid (Inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement)

Detailed Student Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Become inspired by nature like the artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement to create your box with carved designs..

Unit One | Unit Two | Unit Three | Unit Four | Unit Five

Unit 5: Press-Molding

Press-molded Cups

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

You can create uniform cup shapes by pressing a slab or pieces of clay into glass or plastic bowls. Design unique handles and feet for your cups.

Lidded Bowls

Detailed Instructions | Teacher's Lesson Plan

Uniform bowls can be created in the same manner as the cups. In this unit you learn to make lids for bowls and to turn bowls and cups into pitchers.

Unit One | Unit Two | Unit Three | Unit Four | Unit Five | Unit Six

Coming Soon as a New Website for Advanced Students: Putting It All Together

A Short History of the Teapot

Learn about early teapots and about the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Contemporary Teapots

Take a close look at what the teapot has become in contemporary ceramics. There are traditional teapots and not so traditional teapots. What about expressive teapots? How can the form and decoration of the teapot become expressive?

The Teapot as Sculpture

Put together everything you have learned to this point and come up with your own idea of a teapot.

Non-objective Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramics as Crafts

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