Ceramics: Handbuilding and Pottery Wheel



Visual arts teacher Ruth McGee working with students in the hand-building and glazing studio.


Ceramics is an introduction to clay and various methods of hand building. Students learn construction techniques such as pinch pots, coiling and slab, as well as a variety of glazing techniques, with particular attention to the complementary relationship between glaze and form. Ceramic and design terms and concepts are engaged in studio practice and critique. Integrity, self-control, civility, respect for tools and materials, and safe studio practices all contribute to a supportive and dynamic studio environment. Students working on the pottery wheel will learn to wedge, throw, trim, make handles and glaze. Consistency, repetition and perseverance are all core habits that contribute to success in ceramics.

Click on the image above to view the US Ceramics Work slide show.

Ruth McGee took her ceramics classes to see Isaiah Zagar's Magic Garden.

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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