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ARTS 512 Eastern and Western Techniques in Trimming

Prerequisites: ARTS 503 and ARTS 505. (1 credit/lab fee) 

In the history of pottery, the importance of the finishing of the thrown work by turning the foot and the trimming of excess clay to refine the form has often been overlooked. The details of trimming enhance or destroy the structural integrity of the form. It is critical for the potter to understand the qualities essential for the structure and aesthetics of the completed piece. The course will cover the basic and advanced information and techniques for successful trimming of the ceramic form. A combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on exercises will build skills, refine techniques, increase efficiency and solve structural problems. Students will analyze the wet clay form to make appropriate finishing choices that will balanceor strengthen the composition, and learn techniques that will facilitate the trimming process.