Essential Steps for Teaching Hand-Built Ceramics




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Basic Construction Techniques

Introduction 2:05

Beginning with a Simple Sphere Project 2:31

Adding Detail 2:49

Finishing Touches 3:42

Construction Using Cubes

Construction Using Cubes 1:51

Smoothing Forms and Adding Detail 2:43

Finishing Touches 4:13

Utilizing Slabs for Hand-Building

Simple Slab Construction 2:46

Proper Techniques for Drape Molds 3:19

Using Stamps for Decoration and Texture 4:29

Incorporating Texture, Templates, and Detail

A Culminating Slab Project 3:07

Using Texture and Templates 5:47

Adding Detail 2:31

Building in Three Dimensions 5:22

Adding the Top and Final Details 6:24

Glazing Processes and Techniques

A System for Glazing 2:44

Majolica and Adding Color 3:21

Color, Surface Quality, and Success with Glazing 3:58


Conclusion 2:30

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Essential Steps for Teaching Hand-Built Ceramics

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn basic ceramic techniques like slab construction, using molds, and adding details

  • 2 Explore processes for both building and glazing pieces

  • 3 Discover ideas for lessons that put techniques into action

Whether you’ve never taught ceramics before or are just looking for new and better ways to teach hand-building techniques, this Learning Pack is for you. Brush up on everything from basic construction methods to how to successfully finish pieces. Walk away with the ability to teach your students the proper way to use tools, build pieces, and create work they are proud of.

Connected National Visual Arts Standards:
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

John Post

John Post

PRO Facilitator and Elementary Art Teacher

John has an elementary art room in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and a pottery studio in Sedona, Arizona. He has taught art to kids at every level from Kindergarten through 12th grade since 1991. John hopes that by sharing how he uses clay with his students, more art teachers will venture beyond the basic pinch pot and into more engaging ceramics work.


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