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Code: C500     Acronym: C

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Fine Arts Department
Course/CS Responsible: Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
AP 27 Official Study Plan 2011 2 - 4,5 64 121,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Francisco Artur de Vaz Tomé Laranjo

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 4,00
Susana Maria Clemente dos Santos Piteira 4,00

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


• Know the ceramic process;

• Identify the characteristics of ceramic materials;

• Complement the work developed at the Ceramics UC and other curricular areas;

• Explore the expressive potentialities of ceramic techniques by stimulating critical reflection on current ceramics, thus enhancing individual creative pathways;

• Value the experimental methodologies associated with studio work.

Learning outcomes and competences

The experience and study of the ceramic with raw material context allows to know the ceramic process and to identify the features of ceramic materials.

Contact with ceramic equipment and laboratory practice promote the exploration of the expressive potential of ceramic techniques from the domain of the use of ovens and the performance of tests, exercises and records of pastes, fluxes and auxiliaries products.

Experimental methodologies associated with studio work through modeling, sculpture and ceramic painting exercises are means to know the ceramic processes, enhance the experimental methodologies associated with studio work and stimulate critical reflection on current ceramics.

Theoretical-practical classes, the use of digital platforms, the exercises of the practical component, the study visits to exhibitions, workshops and other activities organized abroad allow to complement the learning within the classroom.

Working method




- The ceramics in context: concepts and genres;

 - Raw materials: geological characterization;

- Clay Sculpture Tecniques and tips - modelling with stoneware;

- Firing clay sculptures and ceramic tiles;

- Laboratory Practice - tests and records: binders, engobes, dyes, fluxing agents and auxiliary products;

- Ceramic process: modelling and painting.

Mandatory literature

Jan Peterson, Susan Peterson; The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter's Handbook, London, United Kingdom: Laurence King Publishing, 2012. ISBN: 9781856697286
Resende, Julio; A cerâmica, Associação de Estudantes - Departamento de Artes Plásticas e Design da ESBAP. - Porto : Associação de Estudantes - Departamento de Artes Plásticas e Design da ESBAP, 1976
Almeida, Ana João; Manual de Iniciação à Cerâmica, Oficinas do Convento, 2018

Complementary Bibliography

Petrie Kevin; Ceramic transfer printing. ISBN: 978-1-4081-1328-8
Office National de L.Artisanat Tunisien 340; Ceramique
Kimball Irmgard Groth; Terracotas mayas
Machado de Castro 040; Machado de Castro
Rhodes Daniel; Arcilla y vidriado para el ceramista. ISBN: 84-329-8557-0
Schwichtenberg Tina; Vidriado y decorado de ceramica. ISBN: 84-329-8419-1
Hampel Christa; Creaciones en ceramica. ISBN: 84-342-1925-5
Drake K.; Ceramica sin torno
Rõttger Ernst; La ceramique. ISBN: 2-249-20003-3
Charleston Robert J. 340; World ceramics. ISBN: 0-517-351498
Rada Pravoslav; The book of ceramics
Woody Elsbeth S.; Ceramica a mano. ISBN: 84-329-8507-4
Ruprecht Hakon; Ceramica imaginativa. ISBN: 84-329-8408-6

Teaching methods and learning activities


The teaching-learning process takes place in the space of the Faculty, with possible field trips and workshops with invited experts. The teaching methods used are summarized as follows:

• Practical lessons in the classroom aimed at UC of Ceramic.
• Other practical classes using audiovisual media, texts and others.
• Use of digital platforms for discussion and information sharing.
• Visits to exhibitions, studios and other activities organized abroad.

The UC Ceramics classes will have a practical component based on the work proposals of each student allowing to exercise:

1) The modeling of the lastra (folder of the student's choice), with the dimensions allowed by the pottery workshop technological means and the timeliness of the semester attendance classes. Exercise based on the relationship of planes, surfaces and textures;

2) Modeling of a perfect shape, in medium format;

3) Painting on the work in joke or raw glaze, with engobes, ceramic pigments, oxides and glazes.

Field notebook for recording processes and media used

Final report on the development of work established. 



Humanities > Arts > Handicrafts > Ceramics

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho de campo 10,00
Trabalho escrito 10,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 60,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 10,00
Estudo autónomo 35,00
Frequência das aulas 60,00
Trabalho de campo 15,00
Total: 120,00

Eligibility for exams

Participation in 75% of the classes of the Ceramic UC.
Students who reach 25% of absences will be asked to leave UC.

Calculation formula of final grade

20% (2 val) + 10% (1 val) + 10% (1 val) + 60% (16 val) = 100% (20 val)


Assessment is distributed without final exam.
The evaluation process is continuous. At the end of the semester, the final evaluation is carried out which includes

- Continuous evaluation;
- A report with the work done, their technical data sheets, descriptive memory, photographic records of the different phases of work and the completed pieces;
- The field notebook.

Student support will be held on Thursdays between 11h / 13h, in the Ceramics room.

The bibliography presented in the Curriculum Sheet will be complemented with other paper documents.
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