Functional and Non-functional Ceramics

For students of 7th to 9th grade.


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Year Level/Age Range: Year 7                                Date: 
No. of Students:                                                        Estimated During of Activity: 50 mins


Topic: Ceramic Creations – Functional and non-Functional, Plant and Human based

The students will create either a ‘functional’ or ‘non-functional’ clay creation reflecting elements of plant life or human life. They will recognise the difference between these two categories identifying this through the ceramic artists – Clyde Burt, Shannon Garson, ‘Frankie’, Gloria Fletcher, Michael Carney, Julie Bartholomew and Gerry Wedd and the work from of Girringun Aboriginal artists. 

•	They will be able to recognise various building techniques and methods when creating with clay
•	Students will be able to wedge clay effectively, create pinch pots of perform coil building processes pursuing their developed ideas
•	Gain knowledge on various of applications of clay forms e.g. patterns, textures
•	They will learn to identify various textures and techniques that can be applied to the clay referencing the artists discussed. 
•	Gain knowledge of Visual artists and their practices

•	Clay (250g per student)
•	Tools (wire, clay ‘slip’, carving tools, sponges
•	Appropriate clothing – aprons, closed shoes
•	Images of artists (find attached in powerpoint) 

CONTEXT: What do I want the students to learn? Knowledge? Skills? Attitudes

•	Students should learn the several different methods of wedging clay ensuring that there are no bubbles prior to firing. 
•	Learn the methods of building: 
1.	Pinch Pots 
2.	Coil Building
•	Students will learn how to finish off their pots – refining the product using tools to create various textures or patterns. (At this point students will take into consideration whether they are reflecting plant life or human forms.)

PROCESS: What will I do? 
What will the students do? What skills and strategies will we use? 

1.	Utilising images of the artist/s and work on cards – collate students in groups of 5. 
2.	Allow them time to view and discuss the works and then present them with the tasks: 
	Pick out the works that are functional ceramic pieces?
	Discuss the students findings
(Perform this process again for non-functional, plant based and human based categories)
3.	Allow the students to record dot points in their journal about these categories and also draw images developing their ideas for their unique ceramic sculpture. 
4.	Once completed students will view demonstrations in class of how to: 
	Wedge clay
	Create a pinch pot with even walls
	Create a strong walled coil built form
Ensure they pay special attention to the tools used e.g. scoring the surface of the clay then applying slip when attaching a new coil. 
5.	Once the demonstration is completed the students can then begin making their own referencing the drawings they generated. 


•	Artist/images of works for students to reference 
•	Students individual journals 
•	Clay (250g per student) 
	Scoring tools 
	Wire 
	Rolling pins
	Carving tolls
	Slip + bucket (1 between 2)