FoC: Exploration Work Schedule Fall 2020

This is the work schedule for the Fall 2020 semester sections of Table Manners: Functional Pottery. Please make sure to check back frequently as this schedule will change as the semester progresses. All assignment outlines are hyperlinked below. Remember, you will need to post all assignments to your Eport and THEN post the hyperlink in the shared course Excel Document in the appropriate column next to your name. The Course Excel document is located here .

There will be Face 2 Face and on Zoom participants in each class and all classes will start with 1/2 an hour on Zoom. When you look at the Course Excel document you will see which day is your designated Face 2 Face/STUDIO day in the highlighted column to the left of your name. The other class of the week will be online so there are only 6 students in the studio at a time. In the schedule below I have designated all weekly online work in italics so you know what you should be working on during your online day.

Studio Sign up:  

There is a requirement that students work a minimum of 2 hours of studio time outside of class per week. The studios are open from 8am-11pm and are available to you whenever class is not in session. Sign up in ½ hour blocks to reserve your spots. You can do this two ways:   

  1. Reserve your spot in advance using the URL (https://bit.ly/signceramics) or the QR code on the door of the room; 
  2. Take a chance and just show up at the Studio and hope there is a spot for you (6 Students at any one time MAX!).  If you do this, use the URL or QR code to sign up when you arrive so that we have a record of your attendance, which is required for the course and which helps with contact tracing for COVID.  

Tips for signing up: 

  • To sign up for slots, scan the QR code on the door of the studio, or just visit this link: (https://bit.ly/signceramics
  • Scroll down the sheet until you get to the bottom where the WEEKS are listed and select the week you’re looking to sign up for. 
  • Want to sign up for regular blocks throughout the semester? Go ahead! Good planning strategy!  
  • Areas darkened out are class times and not available for signup. 
  • Sign up with your friends if you want to work together!
  • Make sure you sign up before entering the room! 
  • IF you decide to roll the dice and show up without reserving a spot in advance, you can only sign up and enter IF THERE ARE LESS THAN 6 PEOPLE IN THE ROOM AND AN OPEN SPOT ON THE SIGN UP SHEET. There is a maximum of 6 people in this studio at a time and you MUST BE SIGNED IN to use the studio! People who have signed up on the sheet get priority when they arrive. If there are 6 people signed up and only 5 in the room, you can go in and work until that sixth person arrives and then, because they reserved the spot, you will need to leave.  Please make this an easy and comfortable arrangement for everyone! 
  • Unfortunately, due to space limitations, people not enrolled in courses are not allowed in the studios this semester.   

Resources

There are two documents available that are important resources. The document titled Vocabulary and Technical Information relates to notes and lecture materials we will be discussing.  The other document contains Research Topics. Both have content that will be on quizzes and information you will be required to write about and give a presentation on.

VIDEO TUTORIALS

YOUR EPORT

  • Guidelines for what your Eport should contain HERE
  • Step by Step Directions for Domain of Ones Own Eport setup can be found HERE
  • Setting up your Creative Commons License happens HERE
  • Once you have established your Eport post the hyperlink for your About Page in the shared course Excel Document in the My First Eport Post column next to your name.
  • Eport FAQ
    • How to make a picture gallery HERE
    • Lost your password?? Go HERE
    • Other issues? Check out the PSU Knowledgebase or contact the help desk at psu-helpdesk@plymouth.edu.

WORK SCHEDULE

  • Week 1
  • August
  • 25
    • Syllabus and expectations
    • Quiz #1: Syllabus open on Moodle
    • wedging clay
    • studio maintenance
    • Project #1: Dynamic Form
      • HOMEWORK: Review Design Terminology and look for textures to inform your intent of project #1.
  • 27
    • Review Design Terminology
    • Review Progress on Project #1
      • Potential textures and how to create
      • Continue working
  • Week 2
  • September
  • 1
    • Review Technical Info definitions
    • Quiz #2: Building & Tools & Molds open
    • Working Critique of Project #1
    • sketching of ideas for Eport post
      • HOMEWORK: Look at your Eport and be ready to review next class
        • review 3 different artist websites to discuss next class
  • 3
    • Review Greenware chart on Technical Info sheet
    • Look at individual Eports in class
    • work on project #1
      • HOMEWORK: Define Technical Terms for Materials to be discussed.
  • Week 3
  • September
  • 8
    • Introduce Project #2: Historic Vessel Adaptation
    • Working greenware Critique of Project #1
      • Work on secondary sketches
    • Review material information from Technical info sheet
    • HOMEWORK: On Technical Info define:
      • Surface treatments for greenware
      • fill in Greenware chart (as a class)
      • Kilns and Firing Technical Info
      • Cones and Important Temps
  • 10
    • Work Day for project #1
      • HOMEWORK:
        • Research for Project #2 to be presented and discussed week 4
        • Eport posted to Moodle for Project #1 by 5pm Friday Sept 11th
  • Week 4
  • September
  • 15
    • ZOOM meeting for all to review
      • Review Eports for Project #1
      • Technical terminology research discussion
    • Start talking about glazes and surface treatments
  • 17
      • HOMEWORK: On Technical Info define:
        • Glazing surfaces, transparency, and glaze defects
      • Eport posted to Moodle Project #2 due Friday September 20th by 5pm
  • Week 5
  • September
  • 22
    • Work day for Project #2
  • 24
    • Work Day for Project #2
    • Working critique
  • Week 6
  • 29
    • Working critique of Project #2
    • load bisque kiln with project #1
  • OCTOBER
  • 1
  • work day for Project #3c
  • Introduce Project #3: Trompe L’oiel
    • HOMEWORK:
      • create ideas for project #3
      • What are the “Living Treasures of Japan”
        • Research this subject and use resources to create a blog post about them. BUT make sure this isn’t a basic research. You are to create a thesis in relation to the Living Treasures of Japan.
  • Week 7
  • October
  • 6
    • Review/critique Project #2
    • Discuss and work on Project #3
    • load bisque kiln
  • 8
    • Discuss research from Living Treasures of Japan
      • Blog Guidelines for 600 word Thesis relating to the Living National Treasures of Japan
        • 10% Related Images
        • 20% Citations
        • 25% Thesis
        • 25% Evidence/research to support thesis
        • 20% Conclusion
    • Work on Project post for project #2 and #3
    • Quiz #2 posted on Moodle
  • Week 8
  • October
  • 13
    • In class critique of Project #2
    • work day project #3
  • 15
    • working crit project #3
    • Quiz #3 open
  • Week 9
  • October
  • 20 ONLINE ZOOM
    • Living National Treasures of Japan discussion
      • See Week 7 Oct 8th for detailed rubric
    • Greenware Critique for project #2 Eports
    • Review Terminology for firing and temperatures on Technical Information worksheet
  • 22
    • Studio day splitting class to 12-1:30 for Tuesday people and 1:30-2:50 for Thursday people. See corresponding email to find what section you’re assigned
  • Week 10
  • October
  • 27
    • Working Crit for project #3
    • Glaze test mixing assignment #4
    • Construct final assignment rubric for Project #4: Politics and Pleasantries
  • 29
    • Starting to wrap up any wet work
      • forms should be constructed
  • Week 11
  • November
    • 3
      • Glaze tests into kiln room
    • 5
      • Last Day for Wet Clay
  • Week 12
  • November
  • 10
    • mix glaze tests
    • work on projects
  • 12   
    • work day    
    • All work into kiln room for final bisque
  • Week 13
  • 17 & 19
    • Glazing/completing work
    • Eport discussions
    • Studio cleanup
      • remove all work, tools, boards, plastic, cups of slurry from shelves, and wipe down shelves with a wet sponge
      • general studio cleanup tasks as assigned
  • FINAL
  • SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21ST 11AM-1:30PM