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The Art of Ceramics: Home

A subject guide for students studying ceramics. Includes information for those interested in pursuing a career or simply wanting to become more familiar with the ceramics industry.

Welcome to the ceramics subject guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources that will assist students studying ceramics. It is useful for students at any skill level, from beginner to advanced. The resources presented in this guide cover a range of areas: 

  • Different techniques
  • Tools and materials
  • Ceramicists - style and expression of work
  • Industry information and events
  • Practical considerations beyond the classroom

This will enable students to navigate the world of ceramics in its many forms and functions, and help build knowledge about the ceramics industry.



Ceramics have been used in everyday objects for thousands of years and have been become an integral part of daily life. To get an understanding of ceramics, it is important to look at its origins. These resources offer an introductory look into the history of ceramics and how ceramics have shaped the world we live in. 

The Basics

The combination of earthen clay, water and fire produces an extremely durable material that is also lightweight. The art of ceramics, also known as artistic pottery, includes conceptual pieces, sculpture and functional pieces, such as tableware. 

Familiarity with basic ceramic industry terms is recommended.

Glossary of ceramics terms

Ceramics: What? Why? How?

The above classic video, by Richard and Marj Peeler, (1982   *16 minutes*presents an overall picture of materials and processes used in the production of ceramics. It shows different kinds of clay, sourcing  and clay preparation. Several forming methods are demonstrated. Pieces are bisque fired in a kiln and and then composition of glazes are discussed and  applied.  In final firing the intense heat melts the glazes which fuses it to the pots, much like glass, and brings out the colours.