Table Manners: Functional Pottery WORK SCHEDULE

This is the work schedule for the Spring 2022 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.

You will need to work a minimum of 2 hours outside of class per week on projects, assignments, or your PlymouthCreate website. The studios are open from 8am-11pm and are available to you whenever class is not in session.


  • Vocabulary and Technical Information : notes and lecture materials 
  • PlymouthCreate website (PCW) setup
    • Guidelines for what your PlymouthCreate website (PCW) HERE
    • There are numerous points of information on setting up your PlymouthCreate website (PCW) 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 website post the hyperlink for your About Page on Canvas.

PCW Assignments:

  • About Page as listed here.
  • You need to have PCW posts for projects #1 to the Final so please follow the guidelines here on what information should be on your post.
  • Historic Pottery Research post as listed on Week 3 below.
  • Potter Research post as outlined here.


Video Tutorials:


WEEK 1 (Aug -Sept)

Class 1 on ZOOM

  • Classroom Introductions
  • Syllabus review
  • Quiz #1 Syllabus Quiz open in Canvas
    • HOMEWORK: Define Art& Design Vocabulary (Section A) Vocabulary and Technical Information sheet
      • take syllabus quiz on Canvas

Class 2 on Zoom

  • Art & Design vocabulary review in class
  • Discuss homework for Project #1
  • Homework:
    • Look for 3 handled cups that you find interesting in design and document one of them on this powerpoint. Make sure to:
      • look at the reference image I create of Lori Phillips cup at the top of the presentation
      • look through to make sure somebody didn’t already post your chosen maker
      • Add 1-3 images of the cup you appreciate
      • add the name of the maker
      • cite where you found the image
      • add your name
    • Sketches of two handled cups
    • What will these objects be used for?
    • Watch the video here to learn how to construct 2 cylinders and make a slab built cup form.
    • put up a profile image on Zoom
  • Start working on your PlymouthCreate website
    • Guidelines for what your site should contain HERE
    • There are numerous points of information on setting up your Plymouthcreate site here.
      • Step by Step Directions for Domain of Ones Own setup can be found HERE
    • Setting up your Creative Commons License happens HERE
    • Once you have established your website post the hyperlink for your About Page on Canvas Document in the My First PlymouthCreate website Post column next to your name.
  • PlymouthCreate website 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 2 (September)

    • Create 2 Pinch pots
    • You watched the video here so it’s time to construct 2 cylinders and pinch pots to start your forms
    • Begin PROJECT #1 Cups that relate
    • review sketches and research for project #1
      • two handled cups and 3 reference images
      • what will these cups be used for?
  • NON Studio
    • work on sketches of two handled cups and 3 reference images
    • Work on PlymouthCreate website
      • Submit link to your PlymouthCreate website to Canvas. Your Eport should meet these requirements.

WEEK 3 (September )

    • Work on cups that relate adding handles and feet
    • Review Project #1: progress critique
    • Demonstrate darting technique of altering cup forms
    • Discuss and work on project #2
    • Quiz #3 open on Canvas
    • Work on PCW post for Project #1 
    • Historic Pottery Research.
      • Everybody is to research the below assigned pottery movements. You will each present briefly in class using the blog post on your PCW that goes with it.
      • Make sure to have:
        • the dates they were active and where in the world they existed
        • have 2-3 images of ceramic work from then
        • 3 key points of interest regarding the pottery
        • your observations of one of the works using 3-4 of the Art & Design Terms
        • Submit to course Excel by ————
RESEARCH Assigned by last name below
Staffordshire PotteryBrooks
Jomon periodClark
Joseon PeriodFlaherty
African (Igbo)Gobin
Wedgewood potteryGurung
Mingei PotteryJudson
Roseville PotteryLacourse
Mimbres PotteryMoskalenko
Deruta PotteryPorter
Bizen Ware       Revaz
Longquan Celadon (Ming Period) Ross
American BelleekSweeney
Persian (Safavid period) Terrazzano
Aztec (Cholula)Thompson
Minoan Pottery Trahant
Yixing PotteryUribe

WEEK 4 (September)

  • IN Studio:
    • Work Day review Project #1 progress
    • Underglaze application to pinch pots
    • Work on Project #1 and #2
    • your cups should both have a foot and handle attached by end of the week
    • create texture stamps and texture tile following video tutorial
  • Work on Eport post for Historic research Blog post due for review on Zoom
  • Work on your PCW post for Project #1:
    • Project Description/assignment
      • Ideation process
        • Sketchbook/Drawings/images of inspiration
      • Material Studies (works in process)
      • Finished Piece and reflections
  • Take Quiz #4 on Canvas
  • Review Project #3
  • Proposed Potters on course Excel document. FIRST TO POST GETS THE MAKER!!! Start research now as it might influence your work!

WEEK 5 (October)

    • Final revisions and review for project #1 & #2
    • Start Project #3
    • demonstration using underglazes on and refining greenware
    • Research for you potter presentation
    • Work on Eports for Project #1 & #2
    • review firing terminology from Vocabulary & Technical Terms
    • Quiz #5: Bowl Design terminology

WEEK 6 (October)

Class 11

We will on be on Zoom Thursday to review Historic Pottery Research blog posts. We will break into groups and compare and contrast each others research.

    • Review Project #5: Final and create a timeline for your project using dates from this Course Work Schedule.
    • MAKE SURE to have your Proposed Potter presentation in draft form as we will be reviewing them online on Zoom.

WEEK 7 (October )

    • Review progress on projects #1 and #2
    • Work on project #3
    • move bone dry clay works to kiln room
    • apply underglazes to works created
    • loading a bisque firing
  • Quiz #5 on Canvas will close at 5pm March 19th. If you have already taken the quiz you can take the quiz again using the Art & Design terminology required from our definitions.
    • Work on final project proposal
    • PCW posts for projects #1 and #2 due posted to Canvas by 5pm Friday March 19th for grading.

WEEK 8 (October)

    • discuss press plates and review stamps
    • work on projects #3 & #4
    • Loading a glaze firing
    • Glazing bisque ware Demonstration SEE VIDEO under resources
  • Review how to use art and design terminology
      • Final Project: Work on Proposal
      • Work on Potter Post
        • Brief bio of artist = 15%
        • Images of work and description of process= 15%
        • Outside resources of comparison or contrast = 30%
        • Choose 1 piece by the artist to review using Art & Design Terms (5 terms minimum)40%

WEEK 9 (November )

    • First Glaze kiln Firing loaded
      • GLAZE CUPS
    • Review Final Project Proposals and dates
    • review final set requirements and deadlines for firings
    • work on PCW posts for projects:
      • #1-3
      • Have PCW post for Project #1 and #2 complete and posted to course Excel document by 5pm Friday April 8 by 5pm

WEEK 10 (November)

    • Work on Final
    • Work on PCW post for Final Project
    • Have PCW post for Potter Research and Project #3 posted to Canvas

WEEK 11 (November)

    • Work on final
    • Glazing bisque works
    • Quiz #6: Firings and Glaze open on Canvas
    • LAST BISQUE KILN loaded
      • If work is not bone dry at this point it will not be bisque fired.
    • Have PCW post for Project complete and posted to course Excel document by 5pm Friday April 15th by 5pm

WEEK 12 (November)

  • LAST CLASSES to use wet clay.
    • There will be no clay for making forms after NOVEMBER 19th. If you are still building forms at this point your work will not make the final glaze kiln loading.
      • All work must be bisque to make the last Glaze fire.
  • Have PCW post for your Final Set in process and posted to course Excel document by 5pm Friday April 23rd by 5pm

WEEK 13 (December)

Class 25

  • this is the last opportunity for glazing bisqued work
  • Preliminary 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
  • for your online day here is what to check on digitally:
  • Eport posts:
    • Potter Research post
      • Does it meet the rubric posted in week 8? Better make sure!!
    • Project #1: Did you update your post with your glazed results?
    • Project #2: Texture Stamps
    • Project #3: Bowls (you can do a combined post of project #2 & #3)
    • Project # 4 Press plates
      • Did you update with your glazed results?
    • Final Project: The post should be started! Do you have your timeline in it? Did your timeline change? Have you looked to see what your FINAL POST involves? Information is posted under our Final including WHEN the post is due!

WEEK 14 ( December)

  • Final Classroom cleanup
  • Course Evaluations
  • Work on your PCW posts
  • Discuss Final plans

FINALS WEEK (December)


  • PLEASE do your course evals?? There were several planned and unplanned experiments for our classes this semester and I would appreciate your insights!
  • Eport post of Final project due posted to Canvas by Friday 5pm. Compare and contrast your results from the work you were doing at mid semester with your final project while also documenting:
    • Project Description/assignment 
    • Ideation process 
    • Sketchbook/Drawings/images of inspiration 
    • Material Studies (works in process) 
    • Finished Pieces and comparison to first sets