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.