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FIN-330 Throwing for Production, Design & Practice I

3 credits


This course will cover workspace design and ergonomics. There will be an assessment of specialist tools and equipment needed for pottery production. The course will cover the suitability of different clays for production purposes. There will be an examination of throwing styles and techniques for speed and accuracy. Turning and finishing thrown work will be covered.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program

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FIN-331 Throwing for Production, Design And Practice II

2.5 credits


This course will cover the design and making of pots with multiple parts. The different components of the design will be thoroughly investigated. The making of lids, lid fittings, handles and spouts will all be evaluated for their design attributes and technical difficulties of production. Pots will be designed for single firing and multiple firing techniques.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN 330.

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FIN-332 Throwing for Production, Design & Practice III

2.5 credits


This course compares the differences in production techniques for Porcelain, Stoneware, cone 6 Stoneware, and Earthenware. Tests will be made to determine suitable clays for the production of functional ware in each of the above categories. This course will also consider the differences in construction techniques required for creating large pots, bowls and platters.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN 331.

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FIN-335 Clay Technology I


In this course, students will study and test the different characteristics of the major types of clay and learn how to blend them together to create clay bodies for various firing temperatures. Focusing on higher temperature clay bodies, this course will cover the different materials that can be added to increase plasticity, lower or raise firing temperature, and improve glaze fit.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program

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FIN-336 Clay Technology II

1 credit


In this course, students will study the many different types of clay slips, from simple engobes used in many types of decoration, to slip glazes appropriate for once fired soda or salt glazed ware.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN 335

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FIN-337 Clay Technology III

1 credit


In this course students will study how to modify clay bodies to mature at mid-range temperatures, such as cone 6. Topics covered will include earthenware bodies, both terra cotta and white talc, as well as vitreous ware. Colourant for clay and decorative applications will be covered, as well as terra sigillata.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-336.

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FIN-340 Surface Enrichment 1

1 credit


This course will consider historical and contemporary examples of surface enrichment. The course will cover wet clay, leather hard and green-ware techniques as well as surface altering processes.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Corequisite FIN 330.

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FIN-341 Surface Enrichment II

1 credit


This course will be concerned with the application of slips for surface enrichment and colour. Students will learn slip decorating techniques used on historical and contemporary ceramic pieces. Consideration will be given to developing designs and their application to the work.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-341.
  • Take Corequisite FIN-336.

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FIN-342 Surface Enrichment III

1 credit


This course will cover the application of glaze as a surface enrichment technique. Application methodologies will be considered and demonstrated. Multiple layering of glazes and resist techniques will be covered. Under-glaze and over-glaze techniques will form part of the surface enrichment process. Printmaking techniques and the transfer of images to pots will be part of this course.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-341.

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FIN-345 Kilns and Firing Technology i

2 credits


This course will cover the evolution of kiln design from ancient to contemporary and the advantages of different types of kilns. We will cover refractory materials available and strengths and weaknesses of each, and construction techniques for gas and wood fired kilns. Topics also included will be comparative fuel economy of electricity, gas and wood, and commercially built kilns compared with artist-built kilns


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program.

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FIN-346 Kilns and Firing Technology II

2 credits


This course will focus on Soda firing and Raku firing. We will be loading and once firing the soda kiln with green ware, slip decorated and interiors slip glazed work. A second Soda firing will be done with bisque ware. Several different ways of introducing soda compounds will be demonstrated. While kilns are being fired and cooling, we will be able to do Raku firings.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-345.

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FIN-347 Kilns and Firing Technology III

2 credits


In this course, we will explore several different types of firings at high, mid, and low temperatures. We begin with a cone 10 reduction firing in the car kiln, followed by cone 6 electric firing utilizing a controlled cooling, and cone 6 reduction. Low temperature firings at cone 01 will also be covered. We will do these in both oxidation and reduction atmospheres and reduction cooling.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-346.

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FIN-350 Mold Making

2 credits


This course will give students a good understanding of plaster and its many applications in the production of pottery. Students will learn about plaster types, mixing, consistency, pouring, and making plaster prototypes. The course will cover the making of plaster mold from simple on-piece molds to the more complex multiple-piece molds. Slip casting techniques will also be demonstrated in this course.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program.

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FIN-355 Hand-building for Production 1

2.5 credits


This course will include methods for the development of hand-built components as part of the design process for ceramic ware. Students will develop press-molded elements including spouts, handles and feet. Press-molding techniques for the production of dishes and platters will also be covered. The extruder and die making for handles will also be included in this course.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program.

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FIN-356 Hand-Building for Production II

2.5 credits


This course is focused on the clay extruder and its versatility as a clay forming piece of equipment. The course will cover simple extruded forms such as coils and handles to more complex forms of boxes and lids. Designing and making dies to be used in the extruder, and designing clay extrusions in the production of pots will be covered in this course,


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-355.

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FIN-360 Documentation and Digital Media

1.5 credits


This course covers the documentation of the potter's work with an introduction to the digital camera, lighting techniques for the photographic cube, image capture and processing with computer software.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program

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FIN-362 Business Practices for the Potter

1.5 credits


This course provides students with a detailed range of basic business skills specific to Planning and maintaining a pottery business. Topics include market research, developing a business plan, legal issues concerning business start-up and contract law, financing, bookkeeping and accounting procedures as they apply to a pottery business.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program

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FIN-363 Marketing for the Potter

1 credit


This course looks at developing a marketing strategy for the professional potter. Topics include market research, product placemtne in the markety place, pricing of product, promotion and the internet.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program

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FIN-366 Glaze Sciences I

1 credit


In this course we will study the many different minerals and metallic oxides that go into glazes, and the role each can play. Topics covered will include material comparison tests, line blends, triaxial blends, flux variations to raise or lower melting temperature, colour possibilities with different metals, and creating shiny, satin or matte surfaces. The emphasis will be on high temperature glazes.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma Program

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FIN-367 Glaze Sciences II

1 credit


This course will build upon FIN 366 and focus on mid-range and low temperature glazes. Topics covered will include the different balance of materials needed for lower melting temperatures, colour possibilities with different metals, and creating shiny, satin or matte surfaces. Glaze calculation software will be covered, and colour development explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-366.

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FIN-368 Glaze Sciences III

1.5 credits


This course will build on FIN 367. The course will further explore glaze calculation software and its usefulness in material substitutions, glaze recipe organization, and batch pricing. Emphasis will be placed on colour development and each student will create a personal pallet of glazes and begin to specialize in a firing technique.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of FIN-367.

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