Ceramics D (MSTD2512)


This unit may be combined with other approved units of study. The unit continues to expand and develop ceramic studio skills, through studio-based projects, as well as to provide the opportunity for students to identify an area of interest and develop that as a major project. This unit further develops skills in hand-building and wheel-throwing, that were introduced in Semester One, as well as providing an introduction to casting. Students develop design skills through the planning of their projects. Students continue to develop their understanding of technology (clays and glazes), learn to make their own casting slips, learn about high temperature glazes and learn to fire gas kilns. They identify an individual glaze project and develop it over the period of the semester. Through individual and group discussions, students explore and learn to articulate individual concepts and interests. Drawing is seen as integral to studio practice, and it is expected that students maintain a drawing/ studio 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.
Rawson P. Ceramics: a Philosophical Approach.
Rhodes D. Clay and Glazes for the Potter.
Currie I. Stoneware Glazes: a Systematic Approach.
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



THAP2642 and one of (CATE2002 or CATE2004 or CATE2006 or CATE2008 or CATE2012)

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.