2013-14 Unit Plan
Ceramics

Mission Statement

The Butte College Ceramics Program offers a solid foundation in the technical as well as aesthetics aspects of clay construction. Although ceramics as a creative art medium is emphasized, students also study the interrelationship between industry, business and ceramics. Our staff strives to offer a well-rounded art education including instruction in the skills needed to develop a working portfolio for employment and higher education purposes.

Program Description

The ceramics program has recently undergone major curricular revisions to align with the new C-ID Descriptors and to eliminate course repeatability.  Beginning in Fall, 2013, we will offer four courses: ART 50, 52, and 56, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Ceramics, and ART 54, which will focus on low-fire glazes and surface treatments.  Beginning classes introduce and develop fundamental skills, while Intermediate, Advanced, and Low-Fire classes offer students the opportunity to develop techniques and a body of work that will prepare them for transfer and upper-division work and/or employment as artists. Students can earn a Certificate of Achievement and/or an A.A. degree in Ceramics.
Classes are offered in a spacious classroom (ARTS 140) and Glaze Room, which includes an outdoor state-of–the-art laboratory.  The Arts Department Chair, three Associate faculty members, and a lab technician are responsible for the operation of the area.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1



Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Student success in Ceramics will be facilitated by these changes.  Our revised Certificate of Achievement is designed to help students develop skills needed to run their own business making pottery and/or ceramic sculpture.  The revised A.A. Degree in Ceramics will help insure that, after 2 years of study, students are prepared to transfer and successfully complete undergraduate and graduate work at 4-year institutions.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2



    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    Better prepare students to market their creative products.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    If we develop our curricula further in the areas of photo-documention of artwork and organizing a portfolio for presentation through traditional venues and the digital marketplace, we will enhance our students ability to capitalize financially on their work. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    See augmentation request for specific required resources.

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Ceramics Personnel Year-Round Lab Tech Support 11-000-512-1-100230 52210 $0.00 $4,478.00 All, Restore reduced Laboratory Technician position of Scott Bryson to twelve months per year (Current Salary out of Ceramics, 22,392.48 per year for 10 months)
    2 Yes Ceramics Personnel Year-Round Secretarial Support 11-000-512-1-100230 52120 $0.00 $446.00 All, Restore reduced Secretary III position of Krista Collett to twelve months per year. (Current salary out of ceramics is $4,906 per year for 11 months)
    3 Yes Ceramics Equipment Pug Mill 11-000-512-1-100230 56410 $6,000.00 $0.00 All, Current pug mill is over 15 years old, and can not handle clay volume any longer. Repairs are costly.
    4 Yes Ceramics Equipment Kiln Shelves 11-000-512-1-100230 56410 $1,000.00 $0.00 All, Do not have enough kiln shelves to fill all of our kilns at the same time.
    5 Yes Ceramics Equipment Kiln repair parts for every kiln $5,000.00 $1,000.00 All, kilns will always need repairs and often parts are more difficult to find as kilns age. If parts are on hand the "down" time for the kiln repair is much faster and the department runs more smoothly. As a part is replaced another can be ordered to insure continuous operation of kilns.
    Total(s) $12,000.00 $5,924.00