The changing, sometimes simplification, exaggeration or distortion of images, lines, shapes, and patterns in a work of art.
A branch of philosophy; the study of art and theories about the nature and components of the aesthetic experience
A clay design attached to the surface as decoration.
The pleasing harmony of various elements in a design, images, lines, shapes, and patterns in a work of art. It can be symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial.
Unglazed ware that has been fired to a temperature sufficient to harden but not mature the body.
Dry to the touch. No longer cool.
Polish the surface of the pot to align the clay platelets.
To cut with care and precision.
A hand method of forming pottery by building up the walls with rope-like rolls of clay and then smoothing over joints.
The visual sensation dependent on the reflection or absorption of light from a surface. Characteristics are hue, intensity and value.
The organization of the elements in a work of art.
Opposites, such as light and dar, rough and smooth, soft and hard, in close proximity.
Creating with skill and dexterity.
Critical evaluation or analysis of a subject.
A parallel sided vessel.
A comprehensive plan, concept or organization.
A small section of the whole.
The most prominent principle or the most obvious in influence or position.
Special stress given to an element of art to make it stand out.
A liquid used to apply pigment or color before or after the first firing.
The clay rim on the base of a pot that allows it to sit flat after firing.
A three-dimensional volume or illusion of three-dimensional volume with the same qualities as shape. Attributes are mass and volume.
Designed for or capable of a specific use.
Any shape that is mathematical in origin, such as uniformly straight or curved lines.
A glass coating melted on the surface of clay pots in the kiln.
Ceramics that have been formed but not yet fired.
A scratched surface design.
Not having the structure of living things-not resembling animal or vegetable forms.
The oven used to bisque and glaze fire clay
A point moving in space. It can vary in width, length, and direction.
The top edge of a hollow vessel or cavity.
Particular categories of art, such as painting, sculpture and ceramics.
A way implied or actual, of causing the eye of the viewer to travel within and across the boundary of a work of art.
The unoccupied spaces in a composition on the areas surrounding the main subject.
Reference to shapes having irregular edges or to surfaces resembling things existing in nature.
Cutting areas for decorative effect. Cutting through or perforating.
A clay pot formed with hands only- no additional tools
A ceramic tool with a sharp pin tip attached to a pencil like handle.
Capable of being molded or shaped. The pliability of wet clay.
The solid areas or the main subject/shapes in a composition.
An apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped.
A series of actions, changes, or functions that bring about a result.
The photographic and natural representation of people, places, and things in a work of art.
Free from imperfection- to make elegant or cultivated.
The recurrence of the elements of art at regular intervals.
Intentional, regular repetition of lines or shapes to achieve a specific effect.
A ceramic palm sized tool with one straight edge ad one curved edge.
Scratching or roughing the surface to allow a second section to be firmly attached.
Three-dimensional art that has height, width and depth. It can be viewed from more than one side.
Two dimensional area or lane that may be open or closed, free form or geometric, found in nature or made by humans.
The contraction of clay in either drying or firing.
An evenly flat sheet of clay.
A creamy mix of clay and water used as glue to attach two pieces of clay.
The emptiness or area between, around, above, below, or within objects. Shapes and forms are defined by this element.
A set of characteristics of a culture, a period of art, or a school of art.
Of secondary importance
Something that stands for something else by reason of relationship, association...A visible sign of something invisible.
The surface quality of materials, either actual (tactile) or implied (visual).
Theme and variation
An idea or dominant feature that gives the artwork its character; the subject of a work of art, sometimes with a number of phrases or different examples.
The process of making symmetrical, circular clay objects on a rotation wheel
A quick, small, preliminary idea drawing.
The finishing process of refining a symmetrical, circular clay object on a rotating wheel.
Literally, the state of being one. A perception that each part fits, harmonizes and functions well with everything else in the work.