Animalia: Animals In Ceramics

Course Details

Module Code: XA10710

Class Code: CA212

Venue: University

Town: Aberystwyth

Day: Friday

Start Time: 10.00 AM

End Time: 15.30 PM

Start Date: 07-02-2020

End Date: 01-05-2020

Tutor: To Be Arranged,

Other Date(s):

Full Fee: £140.00
Concessions: £130.00
Fee Waiver Fee: £10.00

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This course, Animalia, is not about making a pottery model of your pet! You will explore the history of constructed animals in ceramics and look at the work of contemporary ceramicists who work in clay and paper-clay to inspire. By the end of the course, you will produce two preparatory maquettes or miniature models and one finished piece of work.
You will have the opportunity to explore the potential of different materials, construction methods and surface finishes. Emphasis will be on the design so that your piece can be viewed ‘in the round’. Assessment will require you to keep a log of your working processes as a record and reference for the future, two maquettes and a final constructed piece. You will be encouraged to look at and learn from the work of other ceramic artists working in this exciting field and share what you have learned with your fellow artists in the class.

Following enrollment, students will receive an introductory letter detailing the course, expectations, pre-course work, practical work and learning outcomes.
Pre-course study: Find images of animal sculpture to bring, also reference photos to draw from. Add this to your log book.
Session One: Where do I begin? 3 hour
Course intro: Includes what is required for assessment, Blackboard support, planning.
Introductory Lecture: Contextuality: the history of animals in ceramics and coming through to the present day. What influences have there been?
Making drawings for preparatory maquettes.
‘Paper clay’ making demonstration.
Getting a feel for different materials. Building around a wire armature with plasticine, trying out paper clay and T-material.
Home study: More preparatory sketches, experimentation with small samples of available materials. Log your inspiration with further research.
Session Two: Sourcing artists and understanding processes
5 hour
Visit to the ceramics collection in the Arts Centre and raising awareness of Contemporary Ceramicist. Gwen Heeney. Catrin Howells, Christie Brown
Further drawing and design.
Creation of maquettes.
Discussion and construction techniques demonstrations.
Individual Tutorials – What’s your plan?
Short example for home study
Home study: Update log books. Research one or two artists and make some notes on their construction techniques and firing processes and surface decoration / qualities.
Session Three: Seminar: shared research
5 hours total
Seminar discussing artists researched. (linked to session two)

Developing and resolving ideas in 3D with maquettes and starting the final build.
Home Study: Bring log book up to date. Source any further information needed. Plan surfance finishes and techinques.
Session 4: Assessment sessions and wrap up.
total: 5 hours
Completing work and assessment / all practical
Discussion/demonstration of ways to finish work.
individual tutorials as required
Preparation for final firing or for finishing
Session 5: Display of student work
2 hour
Seminar: surface qualities: to glaze or not to glaze


This module is at CQFW Level 4