HOW TO WRITE A CERAMICS PARAGRAPH

 – Or how to look at three-dimensional art

 In the paragraphs you will be writing in ceramics you will be writing out the parts first – and then assembling them into a paragraph.

First you will list three facts (CD’s). Then you will compare and contrast these facts in order to get an idea (CM).

For more advanced writers, from that idea you will get a generalized or larger idea that will become the topic sentence and final sentence.

When you write the finished paragraph it might not be in the order you wrote it out first – this is a good time to use idea maps or other writing strategies to find out what you are seeing and what you think of it.

DO NOT start by thinking what the topic sentence should be!

You will be using deductive reasoning – fact + fact + fact = idea!  - Let yourself be surprised by your own thinking. I want you to learn to look.

Step one – list facts (in this order!)

CD1- Form

CD2- surface

        CD3- color

CD 1 --What is it? Size, shape, construction method….

        Example – This is a soft slab tube that is 4” tall and 2” wide. It has a larger base than top and very even and round in shape.

CD 2   --What are the physical surface decorations – textures, marks, carving, bas relief, negative spaces…

        The surface is pressed with a wood pattern and one of the ‘knots’ is carved out. The top is cut along the pattern.

CD 3 --Describe the glaze and how it sits on the project – glaze is matt or shiny, transparent or opaque and has colors. If there is more than one color how do they combine – how do they interact with the shape?

        There is a dark glaze in the groves but the higher areas are white under a clear glaze, this makes the pattern easier to see.

Step2 – Find the CM looking at these facts – decide which art element is best illustrated by the project and state that idea. (prompt is sometimes … this is important because… but don’t write that phrase!)

        The form, texture and glaze work together to create a natural and figurative illusion of a tree.

Step 3 – write the paragraph out looking for any repeated words or odd usage issues – it should be written as well as you can.

Now assemble the paragraph!  (Remember don’t use the words – nice, unique, attracts the eye and other clichés and words that are overused or too general.)

(cd1)This soft slab tube is 4” tall and 2” wide. It has a larger base than top and very even and round in shape. (cd2) The surface is pressed with a wood pattern and one of the ‘knots’ is carved out. The top is cut along the pattern.(cd3) There is a dark glaze in the groves but the higher areas are white under a clear glaze, this makes the pattern easier to see.

(CM) The form, texture and glaze work together to create a natural and figurative illusion of a tree.

 

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 *  (For advanced writers) After step 3, from your comment (CM), draw a larger conclusion – this will be your topic sentence.

What is the main idea here? How do we make other projects using these ideas?

How do we highlight carving? How do we make clay resemble something in nature? Why is it important that all the details work together? What happens when they don’t?

These are some examples of what you could write about.

Advanced paragraphs should be

Topic Sentence-  In general it is true that …

CD1- Form

CD2- surface

        CD3- color

CM- this is important because …

Example –

(TS)In a ceramics project using form, surface detail and color together can unify the illusion that the project is a natural object.

 (cd1)This soft slab tube is 4” tall and 2” wide. It has a larger base than top and very even and round in shape. (cd2) The surface is pressed with a wood pattern and one of the ‘knots’ is carved out. The top is cut along the pattern.(cd3) There is a dark glaze in the groves but the higher areas are white under a clear glaze, this makes the pattern easier to see.

(CM) The form, texture and glaze work together to create a natural and figurative illusion of a tree.