• Class Number 4603
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Ceramics and Glass: Moulding and Casting
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
    • Roderick Bamford
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This topic-based course takes the form of a studio-based workshop led by a specialist practitioner or practitioners in the visual arts. It provides the opportunity for students to undertake interdisciplinary study in a focused area of studio practice under the tutelage of a leader in the field. Workshop Atelier aims to utilise the skills of visiting artists to the School of Art, or to tap the specific skills of existing staff, in projects designed to expand the technical and conceptual skills of students that can then be applied and developed in their own studio discipline.

This course may be delivered as a semester length course or offered as an intensive.

This course is repeatable for credit, up to a maximum of 24 units, and if repeated must be repeated with a different topic each time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of techniques, processes and concepts taught as part of the course;
  2. synthesise new techniques and concepts with their established studio-based skills; and
  3. show awareness of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to the course.

Field Trips

Field trips may be organised outside of class time and participation will be on voluntary basis

Additional Course Costs

An optional $200 fee provides students with additional access to the workshops, use of its equipment, tooling and consumable items outside of class hours. It is not essential to course completion. Payment of the Workshop Fee is optional, but if a student chooses not to pay it, access to the workshops outside of stated course hours is not allowed. 

Workshop Fees for this course: 

 Ceramics Workshop $50 Glass Workshop $150 

The combined workshop fee of $200. can be paid using the School's online payment system. 


Each workshop sources appropriate specialist?materials,?which are made available to students?to facilitate their working?effectively,?efficiently and safely?within our programs. The School of Art is able to supply materials that don’t compromise ANU obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS), and that have been assessed as suitable for each course.? 

The?Material Fee?is payable for the School of Art to supply materials that become your physical property. You can choose to pay the Materials Fee and have these materials supplied to you through the School of Art, allowing you to take advantage of the GST-free bulk purchasing power of the ANU.?These materials are also WHS compliant. 

Students have the choice of acquiring these materials from a supplier other than the School of Art, however students should note that many materials may not be WHS compliant (and therefore are not approved for use in the workshops), or are not available for individuals to purchase because they must be supplied and stored in a particular way in order to meet WHS regulations. http://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees  

Examination Material or equipment

At assessment times, students will present their completed works, support materials, folios, and contextual research in response to set projects. Additional self-directed research and experimentation is highly encouraged. All materials will be set up and/or uploaded ahead of nominated assessment sessions. Assessments requirements will be discussed during class, and teaching staff is available for any question related to the assessment process. Online-only assessment is available through submission through Wattle. 

Reading lists, technical notes and additional resources will be available on Wattle. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to course summary assessment tasks, Task 1 theme and and studio, WHS. Recap on ceramic cycle Model & Moldmaking principles Demo slip casting, plaster mixing, carving a simple stamp Intro to model and mouldmaking principles Homework • Choose a site, observe and measure it. • Watch 3d modelling demo video • Create simple model suitable for a drop out mould • Choose texts and creatives to analyse for week 3 presentations
2 Types of slip cast moulds Demo single and multi-part moulds Mold design activity Discuss site responses Homework • Prepare a 3D print • Make drop out mould model for slip casting • See demo on presentations/papers
3 Casting and assembly Surface treatments Seminar: Contexts for casting Homework • produce drop and part moulds for ceramic casting • assess context presentations/papers
4 Casting experiments and surface treatments Homework • produce cast clay work
5 Firing and glaze behaviour Homework • Complete work for bisc firing • see demos on visualisation/design board and read outline of principles of visual design/comms working principles
6 Glazing slip cast ceramics Problem solving Demo design board Homework • Glaze work and fire for assessment week 7. • Produce clay forms from moulds (wet/unfired) in preparation for glass castings
7 Basic Mouldmaking • Midterm review of Cast Ceramic works and support material • Brief on Glass and independent development tasks • H&S induction • Introduction to kilncast glass • Demonstrate cottle/box mould making Homework • Complete box mould of clay positive for kiln casting • 3d print or found objects to create silicone and plaster part moulds
8 Open Face Casting/repurposing plaster moulds • displacement, kiln loading and programming • repurposing elements from part 1: slipcast moulds to wax or blow moulds, direct cast of 3d print • demonstrate silicone moulds Homework •?Create silicone moulds • Complete wax positives for casting.
9 Demoulding + waxwork Demoulding H&S Waxworking: melting and fabricating wax positives Demonstration of layered handbuilding moulds/ Description of mould materials Homework •?Make investment moulds and steam out
10 Investment Casting 3D objects Displacement Kiln loading Wax recycling Homework Complete castings Watch Coldworking intro videos
11 Coldworking Cutting, linishing and polishing Homework Load and fire kilns
12 Problem Solving Demould/coldwork Assisted making Homework coldwork and complete project

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of studio work 80 % 09/06/2021 23/06/2021 1-3
Documentation: Context presentation/paper, visual journal and critical reflection 20 % 09/06/2021 23/06/2021 1-3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Student participation is a requirement of this course. It is key in developing skills and knowledge relevant to the material, and essential in acquiring safe working methods. 

If you cannot commit to the set class times (4 hours per week), as well as self-directed workload (minimum 6 hours per week including studio access in term 2), please consider enrolling in a different course.  

Participation is assessed through attendance and engagement in technical classes, self-directed sessions, group discussions, lectures and scheduled workshop activities. Additionally, all students are required to participate in clean-up at the end practical sessions.  

The following tasks are outlined in more detail in Project Notes, available on Wattle. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 09/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 23/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-3

Portfolio of studio work

Interpreting the concept that ‘nature abhors a vacuum’, create a body of works that explores space on the architectural and personal level through the exploration of glass and ceramics. Choosing a site is critical to this project, and through observation, recording and measuring you will develop forms that address the gaps in between people, places and things. The making of glass and ceramics in this course is driven by workshop activity around the former—that is, the thing that makes the thing. Forming involves the use of various tools to determine the physical outcome of a material when it is in a workable state. Processes of casting allow an artist, designer or maker to produce modular multiples or unique objects in glass, ceramics and many other materials.  

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 09/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 23/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-3

Documentation: Context presentation/paper, visual journal and critical reflection

Seminars introduce historical precedents, contemporary artists/designer/makers and their works in a creative and broader social context. Students should also independently research relevant sources of inspiration and explore issues they wish to engage. By presenting their research and engaging in discussion, students actively demonstrate an understanding of the material being introduced. The journal will show evidence of reflective drawing and sketching in the development of creative work. Students are also tasked with producing visualisations of proposed works, using combinations of drawings/sketches, writing and digital applications. The project closes with a critical reflection on the works produced which allows students to assess and contextualise their progress with a view to future work.


Learning OutcomesHDDCRPF

Demonstrate an understanding of techniques, processes and concepts taught as part of the course 

Consistently develop and apply all skills to an exceptionally high level.  

Consistently develop and apply all skills to a high level. 

Develop and apply a broad range of skills at a competent level.  

Develop and apply a limited range of skills at an adequate level. 

Technical skills are below standard.  

Synthesise new techniques and concepts with their established studio-based skills 

Extensive independent exploration of the potential of material is carried out within projects and self-directed activity.  

A thorough independent exploration of materials is demonstrated in projects and self-directed activity.

Materials exploration is attempted in projects and self-directed activity. 

Materials explored only as directed in projects and self-directed activity. 

Insufficient materials exploration carried out in projects and limited self-directed activity. 

Show awareness of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to the course. 

Critically analyses and integrates contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge for each project/self-directed work.  

Analyses and integrates contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge for each projects/self-directed work.  

Analyses and integrates contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge for most projects/self-directed work.  

Some evidence of the integration of contextual, historical or theoretical knowledge projects/self-directed work.  

Fails to address this criteria within the most or all projects. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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