In this course we will learn about the basic properties of clay. Plasticity of clay versus leather hard clay. Bone dry versus bisque fired. We will also learn different glaze techniques and the difference between glaze, underglaze, and overglaze. We will also learn basic building techniques: pinch forming, building with slabs, building with coils. Several small projects will be assigned for you to explore and experiment with. We will also cover wheel throwing on the potters wheel and the student will be given the opportunity to "throw" pottery. The student will learn how to “center” and “throw” on the potters wheel and how to trim the bottom to create a well formed bowl. During the second semester we will move into a more artistic mode. We will study different ceramic artist and move into projects that will allow your skill and creativity to shine through.