Ceramics C (MSTD2511)


This unit is an introduction to ceramics that may be combined with other approved units of study. The unit introduces students to the concepts and practices, skills and basic technology that comprise contemporary ceramics. Students learn and develop various hand-building skills, identify areas of interest, and develop a basic understanding of ceramic technology. Through a series of open-ended studio projects, students engage with and explore personal concepts and interests. Individual and group sessions help them identify and develop conceptual and critical skills. Through a series of regular classes, students become familiar with various properties of clays, learn to set and fire electric kilns, and become familiar with the structure of glazes and glaze testing procedures.
Students maintain a drawing/ studio journal, that documents the development of concepts and ideas, as well as a ceramic technology journal.

Further unit of study information


Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 240 hrs.


1x assessment task in week 4, 5 or 6 (20%), 1x15min review with your academic advisor in week 7 and 1x15 min oral examination of presentation of studio projects (80%) in week 15


Dormer P. The New Ceramics: Trends and Traditions.
Peterson S. The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter's Handbook.
Rhodes D. Clay and Glazes for the Potter.
Hamer F. The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques.
Ceramics: Art and Perception.
Pottery in Australia.
Studio Potter.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

MSTD1111 and MSTD1112




THAP2641 and one of (CATE2001 or CATE2003 or CATE2005 or CATE2007 or CATE2013)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.