Ceramics focuses on the art or technique of making objects of clay. The basic skills that a potter needs for creating a well-crafted hand-built ceramic product scarcely differ today from the skills used in ancient times. Contrary to potters who work on the wheel and who have to practise for years to master the technique, hand builders can achieve competence far quicker with a little practice and very simple tools. Learners are introduced to hand-building techniques, glazing and firing.
Grade 10: Learners are familiarised with the basic techniques such as wedging, hand building, application of colour and glazing.
Grade 11: Learners are expected to work more independently with a high level of technical skill and competence.
Grade 12: Learners refine their skills, and have to master the ceramic materials, techniques and processes. They will develop originality and awareness of the possibilities of clay as a medium.
Ceramics can be practised as Design or Visual Arts.
In Ceramics as Design the focus is on the creation of functional products according to a specific assignment with the application of design elements and principles as guidelines.
Ceramics as Visual Arts is the creation of three-dimensional artworks from clay. Ideas and themes have to be conceptualised in the artworks. Learners are expected to create artworks that reflect their personal interpretations.