FoC: Wheel Explorations WORK SCHEDULE

This is the work schedule for the Spring 2021 semester section of FoC: Wheel Explorations. 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. Please submit all Eport assignments and projects to the Excel document located HERE.

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.


Information Resources

Video Demos


  • Guidelines for what your Eport should contain HERE
  • Step by Step Directions for Domain of Ones Own Eport setup can be found HERE
  • There are numerous points of information on setting up your Plymouthcreate Eport site 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

Week 1 February

  • 1st – review course Syllabus and Work Schedule
    • Put Eport into course excel document
    • wheel demonstration videos
    • Project #1 assigned
      • HOMEWORK:
        • READ: Why the Art World is Embracing Craft
        • Review: Elements of Design
        • use examples of ceramic work you find on ArtAxis (we’ll be screen sharing next class SO have a good example and cite it!)
        • what kind of cylinders do you want to make? Look at some cups and cylindrical forms and have examples to discuss for next class.
        • Take Syllabus quiz in Moodle
        • watch ALL video demos – and look for others!!
  • 3rd –  
    • Discuss elements of Design using examples of ceramic work using ArtAxis
    • discuss the readings
      • HOMEWORK:
        • Create a blog post that discuss one specific work by the artist you chose from ArtAxis using the elements of design terminology
          • 60% discuss a minimum of 5 terms in reference to the object chosen.
            • Explain why you are referencing those terms to give evidence to your observations!
          • 20% post images of the object being referenced
          • 20% cite the source

Week 2 February

  • 8 & 10
    • STUDIO Day
      • WORKING on project #1 
        • work on Cylinders
    • Non Studio
      • HOMEWORK:
      • DEFINE: Review and fill out the Technical Information Sheet up to but not including Kilns and Firings heading
      • work on Project #1

Week 3 February

  • 15 & 17
  • STUDIO Day
    • Working on/ critique of Project #1
    • Discuss thesis blog post
    • Review Technical Information Sheet (Greenware chart)
    • Did you post Week #1 blog post on the course Excel sheet in consideration of the rubric posted?
    • Take quiz #2 on Moodle using elements of Design terms and knowledge
    • Blog post: Using the Why the Art World is Embracing Craft as a starting point create a thesis about what craft and art are, their relationship, and explain why the relationship between the 2 matters in 800 words. Cite a minimum of 2 articles that back up your thesis. Due Friday February 24th by 5pm.
      • 10% Define Craft and Art
      • 40% thesis and personal voice
      • 40% external proof/evidence/images and supporting articles for your thesis
      • 10% cite sources

Week 4 February

Both classes will start on ZOOM for the first 30 minutes. Nick won’t be in the studio but will be available on Zoom for the length of class time. If people have questions, concerns, or need help just pop back into the Zoom meeting! I will also record both Zoom sections for people to review.

  • STUDIO Day
    • Document your progress on project #1
    • work day for project #2
    • Quiz #3 – Greenware open on Moodle
    • Start Project #1 Eport post. This should include:
      • Project Description/assignment
      • Ideation process
      • Sketchbook/Drawings/images of inspiration
      • Material Studies (works in process)
      • Finished Piece and reflections

Week 5 March

  • 1 & 3
  • Studio Day
    • Working critique project #1 and #2
    • Work Day on project #1 & 2
  • Non Studio Day
    • Eport post on Project #1 & #2 due by 5pm Friday March 5th for 6 week grade considerations.

Week 6 March

  • 8 & 10
  • Studio Day
    • Critique project #1 and #2
    • Start ideation for Project #3
      • discuss mixed building methods for project construction
      • maquettes
      • sketches
  • Non Studio Day
    • watch 2-3 online tutorials on making lidded forms on the pottery wheel. Start with this video by Bill van Gilder. Are there other videos you find that are helpful?
    • post 3 concepts & maquettes for project #3 and start Eport post.

Week 7 March

  • 15 & 17
  • Studio Day
    • Work on projects and discuss
    • load a bisque fire of projects #1 and #2
  • Non Studio Day
    • Eport posts for project #1 to be completed by 5pm Friday March 19th for grading. MAKE SURE to have:
      • Project Description/assignment
      • Ideation process
      • Sketchbook/Drawings/images of inspiration
      • Material Studies (works in process)
      • Finished Piece(s) and reflections
    • post an artist whose work you appreciate and briefly explain why on social media using #nick7eclay . Remember to # or @ tag the artist. They will appreciate the promotion of their work!!

Week 8 March

  • 22 & 24
  • Studio Day
    • Work on projects and discuss
    • load and unload bisque fires of projects #1 and #2
  • Non Studio day
    • ASSIGNMENT: Choose the ceramics artist you posted to social media and create an Eport post.

Week 9 March

  • 29 & 31
  • Studio day
    • Work on Project #3 in STONEWARE clay
    • Start Project #4
      • Mix low fire glaze in glaze mixing room following the video tutorial at the top of this schedule
  • Non Studio day
    • Start Eport for Project #3.
    • Work on other Eport posts


  • 5 & 7
  • Glazing bisque work for First cone 10 Glaze kiln
    • Work on Project #4
    • Work on Project #4

Week 11 April

  • 12 & 14
    • Quiz # 2: Technical terms
    • critique of Project #4
    • work must be going BONE DRY
  • All work must get bisqued to make the last Glaze fire to be loaded Monday April 20TH.
  • Class Zoom to review Technical Info Sheet information and terms
  • All assignments are due posted to Eports by this date.
  • Glaze projects
  • work on Project #4
    • load Monday April 20th
    • Fire Tuesday April 21st
    • Kiln Unload and Cleanup Thursday April 23rd

Week 12 April

  • 19 & 21
    • Quiz #3: kilns and firing
    • load gas kiln
    • Eport work

Week 13 April

  • 26 & 28
    • Final Quiz
    • Final studio Cleanup
    • kiln cleanup
    • Course Evals
    • Showcase of Research
    • Classes will not be held on this day to celebrate the research of students like the BFAs in Graphic Design and Studio Art!
    • A blog post on one specific student project is required that should include
      • images from the presentation
      • thoughts on the work/research

Week 14

FINAL: Wednesday, May 5 11:00am – 1:30pm