McComsey Career Development Center
Visual Arts : Ceramics

Processes, Techniques and Specific Knowledge Areas

    __Forming techniques
  • Wheel
  • Slab
  • Pinch
  • Hollowing
  • Coil
  • Slip casting
  • Tile
  • Press molding
  • Jiggering
  • Extruding

    __Glaze processes
  • Calculation
  • Formation (low fire/high fire technology)
  • Glaze/materials testing
  • Preparation/mixing of clay bodies

    __Firing methods
  • electric
  • gas
  • wood
  • soda
  • salt
  • Raku

    __Industrial processes
  • jiggering
  • slipcasting
  • ram pressing
  • mold making
  • model making

    __Finishing/surface treatments
  • dipping
  • spraying
  • painting

    __Team work
  • kiln firing
  • glaze mixing
  • pedestal painting
  • show setup
  • handling of ceramic work

    __Sprigging
    __Low fire finishing
    __Figural sculpture, functional work, large scale sculpture, installation work, kinetic sculpture
    __Automotive sculpting

Materials, Equipment and Technology

    __Types of clay
  • porcelain
  • terra cotta
  • earthenware
  • stoneware

    __Gas kilns
  • high fire/oxidation firing
  • reduction firing
  • bisque firing

    __Clay-making tools:
  • Muller vertical shaft mixer
  • Dough mixer
  • Soldner mixer
  • Peter pugger
  • Electric slipmixer
  • Clay additives
  • Drum mixer
  • Pan crusher
  • Clay grinder
  • Sandblaster

    __Surface treatments
  • decals
  • lustre
  • china paint
  • low-fire glazes

    __Electric kilns (including computer programmable and traditional kiln setter)
    __Pneumatic blunger
    __Ball mill glaze mixer
    __Pneumatic mold press
    __Jiggering wheel
    __Electric wheel
    __Slab roller
    __Extruder