• Class Number 4508
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Isabelle Mackay-Sim
    • Cathy Franzi
    • Isabelle Mackay-Sim
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Students will be introduced to wheel based skills.  Basic thrown forms will be explored with an emphasis on function. An introduction to surface decoration techniques and glaze application for both under glaze and on-glaze.
Both historical & contemporary ceramics will be examined.
Occupational health and safety instruction is an integral part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilise skills relevant to Ceramics in response to Workshop projects
  2. Explore Ceramics material/s used in Workshop projects
  3. Recognise relationships between concept and process in Ceramics
  4. Identify historical and theoretical Ceramics contexts relevant to Workshop projects

Additional Course Costs

Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline and include tuition, teaching materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours.

MATERIAL FEE. $50: This fee is payable for materials required for you to complete Assessment tasks that become your property at the end of the course. 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.


This Workshop Fee is for additional access to the workshop and use of equipment, tooling and consumable items outside of class time. Payment of the Workshop Fee is optional, but if a student chooses not to pay it, access to the workshops and equipment outside of stated course hours is not allowed. 


Most materials needed to complete the course are included in the Material Fee. Additional materials may be purchased by paying a the appropriate Material Fee to the School of Art . Students have the choice of acquiring these materials from a supplier other than the School of Art under those conditions described above in the Material Fee section


Required Resources

Reading lists and additional resources will be added to the Wattle page for this course.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

See the Wattle course site for a comprehensive list of course support material.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction and Assessment discussion, Tasks 1 & 2. Coursework. Personal Learning outcomes, WHS and Covid contingencies. Task 4 Journal Introduction and discussion of Studio introductory exercises
2 Intro to wheel throwing: Clay preparation& manipulation techniques: Centring, methods of making cylinders, bowls straps and handles. Introduction Ceramic and processes and technologies Ceramic Material Histories exercise
3 Wheel throwing demonstration: Trimming & Turning Studio Practice Individual consultations Task 1 Case study due 15 March at 5pm . Ceramic technology fundamentals quiz opens
4 Surface treatment demonstration: Slips & Underglazes. Studio Practice & Individual consultations Task 1 Forum responses due 22 March prior to class.
5 Object 'sets', Introduce Task 2 and discussion. Studio Practice & Individual consultations Task 2 greenware to be dry & ready for bisc firing this week.
6 Studio practice and consultation. Assessment Task 2 discussions: Preparing for Week 7 Assessment. Task 2 Work to be glazed this week for firing Firing
7 Task 2 Assessment 'Set Theory' Challenges 1 &2 presentations in class. Task 4 journal review (informal & ungraded) Contain Connect: Task 3 Introduction and group discussion. Task 2 Challenges 1 & 2 due in class, Ceramic technology fundamentals quizz due online by xxxx
8 Advanced wheel throwing techniques: Spheres and bottles Task 3 concept discussions Studio practice Individual consultations.
9 Surface Treatments & Line blend demonstration. Task 3 discussion, Studio Practice & Individual consultations Task 2 feedback
10 Task 3 Studio Practice Individual consultations Firing of line blend & surface tests
11 Task 3 Studio Practice Individual consultations Greenware should be complete and drying this week.
12 Course revision. Last class for feedback on Task 3 & Task 4 progress Assessment task discussions. Last week for Bisc firing of project work
13 Studio Completion Week Last week for glaze firing of Assessment work
14 Exam Week Assessment Task 3 and Task 4 Journal due : timing TBA

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Comparative Case study and critical response 10 % 07/03/2023 24/03/2023 2,3,4
Set Theory 30 % 18/04/2023 02/05/2023 1,2,3,4
Contain : Connect 40 % 08/06/2023 22/06/2023 1,2,3,4
Journal / documentation & Research 20 % 08/06/2023 22/06/2023 1,2,3,4

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


Participation in the weekly classes is essential to fulfilling the learning outcomes of this course. If you cannot attend all of the scheduled classes, please consider a different course

Participation in class time is 4 hours per week. Students should expect to spend at least an additional six hours per week undertaking independent research and studio practice. Participation will be recorded, and class contributions form a part of the formative assessment of class discussions, process inductions, and workshop activities documented in Task 4


There are no formal examinations for this course. For scheduled assessments, reviews and critiques, students will present their work, relevant support material and research. All materials will be set up ahead of assessment sessions, and presented as advised. Details of Assessment requirements will be posted on Wattle and discussed during class. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 07/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 24/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Comparative Case study and critical response

Research the work, studio practices and thinking of two artists /makers/designers

from a given list. Submit a 500 word illustrated comparative case study document to Wattle. Write a forum response to two case studies submitted by your peers on the wattle forum, responding with your own critical insights to the content and perspectives presented. Case study due week 3, Forum responses due week 4.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 18/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 02/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Set Theory

This project introduces students to the processes of wheel throwing and ceramic technology fundamentals and engages conceptual thinking around what constitutes a 'set'. By completing three challenges, students will gain skills in fundamental aspects of studio processes and associated problem-solving: throwing, turning, finishing, surface treatment and firing.

Challenge 1: Explore the aesthetic and functional aspects of handles and their relationship to form. Design and create at least 2 cylindrical thrown works with attached handles that incorporate underglaze surface treatments.

Challenge 2: Design, throw and turn a ‘set’ of at least 4 bowls. The set can be interpreted as identical or similar forms, nesting bowls or works that are linked by their slip surface treatment. An extension of this challenge is to create a thrown and turned lid that fits a bowl.

Challenge 3: Successfully complete an online quiz on ceramic technology fundamentals and kiln packing.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 08/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Contain : Connect

In this substantial project students will develop a series of predominantly wheel-formed works that explore wheel thrown objects and surfaces that conceptually respond to the theme ‘Contain: Connect’

.Students are asked to conceive, research and undertake a practice led project with a clear direction that explores the theme. Between 3 and 6 completed works should be presented for assessment . These should employ techniques and processes demonstrated during the course and use at least two of the demonstrated surface treatments The final presentation of works should be considered and executed for enriched audience engagement.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 08/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Journal / documentation & Research

A visual journal developed during the course documenting your research, study progression ,development of your ideas, course participation, critical analysis of your

work and reflection on your studies; and presentation of your project work. Journal entries should be made at weekly intervals and dates annotated in the journal. Assessment task and submission details will be provided on Wattle and discussed in class.

The content of your journal should include:

1. Information about techniques covered in class sessions, practical and technical information regarding materials.

2. Sketches showing development of your ideas.

3. Specific information relevant to the your own line of research and enquiry – published ceramics artists, reviews of exhibitions, catalogue essays and articles of interest. Where possible visit galleries and collect the catalogue, list, or photograph as evidence of your engagement.

4. Photographic documentation showing works in progress and documentation of the finished works.

5. A 500-word critical commentary on how your research and c course experience has informed the development of your work. Referenced information should include readings from book, journals, internet articles and your own works, other collected material and works observed during exhibition visits to physical and online galleries.

Always acknowledge the source of your materials.



Utilise skills relevant to Ceramics in response to Workshop projects LO1

Comprehensive development and application of a range of relevant and higher level skills consistently to an outstanding level.

Develops and applies a range of advanced, appropriate skills regularly at a superior level.

Develops and applies a range of skills intermittently at an above average level.

Develops and applies a range of skills at an elementary level.

Technical skills are below standard.

Explore Ceramics material/s used in Workshop projects LO2

Systematically demonstrates curiosity in exploring and using ceramic materials to achieve outstanding project results

Consistently demonstrates curiosity in exploring and using ceramic materials to achieve superior project results

Regularly demonstrates curiosity in exploring and using ceramic materials to achieve above average project results

Occasionally demonstrates curiosity in exploring and using ceramic materials to achieve basic project results.

Insufficient exploration of ceramic materials evidenced in project works.

Recognise relationships between concept and process in Ceramics LO3

Knowledge of relationships is systematically developed to an outstanding level, demonstrated through consistent critical discussions that inform the completed project work.

Knowledge of relationships is

developed to a superior level, demonstrated through regular critical discussions that inform the completed project work.

Knowledge of relationships is developed to a good level, demonstrated through intermittent critical discussion that informs the completed project work .

Knowledge of relationships are

developed to a satisfactory level, demonstrated through basic discussion that occasionally informs the completed project work

Knowledge of relationships is not evidenced in discussion and completed project work

Identify historical and theoretical Ceramics contexts relevant to Workshop projects LO4

The work evidences a lucid synthesis of contextual, historical, and theoretical knowledge regularly informed by critical analysis

The work evidences analysis and some synthesis of contextual, historical, and theoretical knowledge informed by some critical analysis.

Work evidences an analysis and integration of contextual, historical, and theoretical knowledge in most projects/self- directed work.


evidences some analysis of contextual, historical, or theoretical knowledge applied to projects/self- directed work.

Insufficient evidence of contextual, historical, or theoretical knowledge in project work.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Work submitted for 'in class' assessment should be collected at the end of the assessment.

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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