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1. Any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a non-metallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
2.     a. An object, such as earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made of ceramic
        b. ceramics (used with a sing. verb) The art or technique of making objects of ceramic, especially from fired clay.
From Greek keramikos, of pottery, from keramos, potter's clay

(above: view of Strathaven from Art and Design department)


The Art and Design department at Strathaven Academy is equipped with kilns to incorporate sculpture/ceramics into the curriculum. We use clay in S2 and for the S5/6 Higher course.

Higher project.

higher project

A pupil from Mr Wellcoat's class using clay sculpture as their expressive outcome for portraiture.



Higher pupils from Mr Simpson's class experimented with Sculpture. Pupils created self portraits in 3-D for their expressive outcomes for portraiture. See photos below of pupils progress with these clay self-portraits.

The pupils formed the clay over a metal armature and built up the features. Once complete, the head is cut in half and removed from the armature and the inside is hollowed out. The two halves are then joined together to form the finished portrait.

(Above, left) This self portrait used 2 different colours of clay to give the impression of a head scarf. (Above, right) Our kilns being put to the test.

See finished portraits below.

Mr Wellcoat's S2 classes experiment with clay masks. Pupils create artworks in pencil and collage before developing 3-D outcomes in clay. See photos below of pupils progress with this project.


Starting with 2-D artwork (above, left) and progress of 'under glaze' painting and finished mask (above, right)

Dry clay or green-ware is fired to 960 degrees. Before firing (above, left). Bisque-ware ready to paint on under glaze (above, right).

We use simple 'under glaze' colours and clear glaze applied after the first firing (see test tiles above, right). This is fired to a higher temperature in a second glost firing and shows shiny, darker colours.