Global Art students will explore ceramics with several projects. Talavera bells will introduce them to clay, its properties, and the influences of multiple cultures on this Mexican ceramic tradition. The major piece that students will make is one that has the influence of Asia. Students research a piece of Asian ceramics and select one or two attributes to inspire their vessel design.
In art history, ceramics and ceramic art mean art objects such as figures, tiles, and tableware made from clay and other raw materials by the process of pottery. Some ceramic products are regarded as fine art, while others are regarded as decorative, industrial or applied art objects, or as artifacts in archaeology. They may be made by one individual or in a factory where a group of people design, make and decorate the ware. Decorative ceramics are sometimes called "art pottery".
The word "ceramics" comes from the Greek keramikos (κεραμικος), meaning "pottery", which in turn comes from keramos (κεραμος), meaning "potter's clay." Most traditional ceramic products were made from clay(or clay mixed with other materials), shaped and subjected to heat, and tableware and decorative ceramics are generally still made this way. In modern ceramic engineering usage, ceramics is the art and science of making objects from inorganic, non-metallic materials by the action of heat. It excludes glass and mosaicmade from glass tesserae.
There is a long history of ceramic art in almost all developed cultures, and often ceramic objects are all the artistic evidence left from vanished cultures, like that of the Nok in Africa over 2,000 years ago. Cultures especially noted for ceramics include the Chinese, Cretan, Greek, Persian, Mayan, Japanese, and Koreancultures, as well as the modern Western cultures.
Types of Clay for Ceramics -- powered by ehow
Ceramics Introduction (These YouTube videos cannot be viewed on campus unless the teacher overrides.)
Asian Ceramics Introduction
History of Ceramics
Definition of Ceramics