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Professional Clay Certificate

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The Professional Clay certificates are designed to prepare individuals for employment as professional potters or for pottery related fields.

The Professional Clay program will combine production classes with courses in small business management, entrepreneurship and craft marketing. Using traditional and contemporary concepts, students will learn basic and advanced throwing skills with an emphasis on form and design, as well as a comprehensive understanding of clays, firing techniques, glaze formulation and glazing and finishing methods. Kiln building and pottery studio design will also be covered.

The Professional Clay studio, located in Edgefield, has been designed to be inviting, comprehensive and conducive to hands-on learning and creativity. Students will have access to a variety of pottery wheels, clay and glaze making equipment, and several different types of kilns, and will have an opportunity to highlight their work at special events held in the adjacent gallery.

Students enrolling in the Professional Clay certificate will not need any prior training or classes in the arts, pottery or business to enter the program. Advanced Clay certificate students should have completed the first certificate or have previous experience in pottery throwing and production prior to entry. An interview with the Professional Clay faculty is required for entrance in either certificate.

Program Location: Edgefield

Contact Information: Thomas Koole

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
PCC 110 Introduction to Pottery 7.0
PCC 112 History of Pottery 1.0
PCC 117 Clay Design 2.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
PCC 111 Functional Pottery I 7.0
PCC 113 Contemporary Pottery 1.0
PCC 132 Glaze Theory and Testing 2.0
  Elective Professional Clay 2.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
PCC 210 Functional Pottery II 7.0
PCC 215 Craft Marketing 2.0
PCC 241 Kiln Design and Construction 2.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 33.0
 

Updated 4/18/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - The Professional Clay certificates are designed to prepare individuals for employment as professional potters or for pottery related fields. The Professional Clay program will combine production classes with courses in small business management, entrepreneurship and craft marketing. Using traditional and contemporary concepts, students will learn basic and advanced throwing skills with an emphasis on form and design, as well as a comprehensive understanding of clays, firing techniques, glaze formulation and glazing and finishing methods.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic clay properties

  2. Demonstrate an understanding and skill in the uses of art elements and principles, methods of production, techniques of construction and surface treatment, and purposes of pottery.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to load and fire kilns

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic marketing techniques

  5. Communicate effectively with clients

  6. Recognize and identify basic components of a glaze and how glaze chemicals interact with one another

  7. Perform basic glazing and decorating techniques

  8. Demonstrate the ability to throw all basic utilitarian pottery forms

     

 

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Advisement Information

  • Students must take the college placement test. If a student has prior college credit in English and math, the placement test will be waived.

  • An interview with the Professional Clay program coordinator or the Edgefield County Campus dean is required for admission into the program.

  • Some minimum experience working with clay is highly recommended to make best use of the student's first semester. 

  • Students with limited experience with clay may wish to take the Continuing Education course prior to enrolling in the certificate program.

     

Advisement Information updated 6/14/2013