How Do I Grade Your Ceramic Work?

Things I take into consideration when grading your ceramic work:


Do all the aspects/shapes/forms in the piece add to the three-dimensionality of the work? Are there unnecessary elements? Are there elements that are lacking? Does the choice of principles and elements of design that you used fit the subject/mood of the work best?

Does the pattern and decoration compliment the form, or make a statement that enhances the form? Does it fit the subject/mood of the piece?

Joints and Seams: are all places where pieces of clay are joined together smooth and strong with no cracks or gaps?

Surfaces: is the clay intentionally smooth or rough, or does it have cracks and tears in it that are not supposed to be there?

Glaze application: is there space left at the bottom of the object that is unglazed? Is the glaze applied in an intentional manner, or is it sloppy?

Fabrication: is the thickness of the clay even in the entire piece? Is the piece free from divots, dents, and wobbly parts?

Shapes and form, are you experimenting with shapes, using the best ones for your object, or are you relying on overly simple geometric forms?

Did you sketch at least 3 possibilities before you began?

Did you pick the most obvious solution to the assignment, or did you go beyond to something that expresses your unique voice?

Did you try to show the world in a new way with your object? Have you created an object that would make a person walking by stop and look?

How well does the object fit with the assignment. Is it a good example of the assignment or does it not have much to do with what was assigned?

Did you do the assignment by the due date? Did you make an object in the most obvious and easy way, or did you go out of your way to make a great object? Did you go about your assignments with a positive or negative attitude? Did you follow safety and clean-up procedures? Did you treat everyone with respect? Did you participate in critique?





































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