Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
714001242016ANCIENT POTTERYCompulsory123
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The course aims to teach the making and shaping stages of pottery as well as to instruct the technical terms and terminology of shape and decoration used while defining pottery.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Gül Gürtekin Demir
Learning Outcomes
1Seramik hamurunun hazırlanması ve seramiğin yapım aşamalarını anlayabilme.
2Doğada kilin oluşum aşamalarını kavrama ve kap yapımında kullanılan kil tiplerinin genel özelliklerini tanıma.
3Seramiğin yapımında ve bezemesinde kullanılan farklı teknikleri ayırt edebilme.
4Seramikleri farklı açılardan (hamur tipi, yapım tekniği, işlev, form, bezeme vb.) sınıflandırabilme ve tasnif edebilme
5Figürlü ve soyut bezemeli sahneleri tanımlayabilme ve yorumlayabilme
6Bezeme elemanlarının modern literatürdeki terminolojik isimlerini kullanabilme
7Form özelliklerini doğru terminoloji ile ifade edebilme
81. To understand the stages of clay preparation and pottery making
92. To comprehend the clay formation in nature and to determine the general characteristics of distinct types of clays used in making containers.
103. To distinguish different techniques of shaping and decorating.
114. To classify and define pottery in several aspects (such as fabric, function, shape, decoration and etc.)
125. To define and interpret figural and abstract depictions on pottery.
136. To use terms and terminology of decorative elements preferred in modern literature.
147. To use correct terminology of shape anatomy
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
n/a
Course Contents
The course will initially discuss the history of fired ceramics as well as clay figurines in the ancient world along with the function and importance of ceramics in ancient daily life. Furthermore, the course intends to teach the classification and typology of ceramics and how the pottery finds should be treated in terms of saving, recording and documenting during the excavations. This would help the students to understand how important the documentation of artifacts is during to excavations and how it would contribute the ceramic specialists to further investigate them. The following topics of this course will cover all of the stages of clay preparation and pottery making. The courses will mainly concentrate on three main topics: 1. Digging and washing clay; making, shaping, painting and firing pottery; 2. Classification of containers; 3. Defining and classifying pottery with correct terminology. The first topic will also include several different types and characteristics of natural clay as well as the stages of washing the clay and the treatment during the making processes of pottery. Shaping, painting and firing techniques will also be instructed.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
0Introduction to the course. Evaluating previous knowledge on ceramicsMeeting. Definition of the course intents.
1Pottery chronology and periods of ancient pottery.reading
2Classification and typology of ceramics
3Excavating, recording and documenting ceramics
4The formation of natural clay and the clay types used for making porcelene, pottery and paints.
5The stages of the formation from rough clay to clay of pottery.
6Shaping, painting and firing of pottery.
7Mid-term exam
8 Classification of containers: material and making techniques.
9Classification of containers: pottery chronology and periodical differences.
10Classification of containers: pottery chronology and periodical differences.
11Pottery terminology: shape anatomy.reading
12Pottery terminology: shape anatomy.
13Pottery terminology: shape anatomy.
14Pottery terminology: decorative elements
15Pottery terminology: decorative elements
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
* M. G. Kanowski, Containers of Classical Greece. A Handbook of Shapes, London, 1983. • J. V. Noble, The Techniques of Painted Attic Pottery, London, 2e éd. 1988 • M. Robertson, The Art of Vase Painting in Classical Athens, Cambridge, 1992 • T. Schreiber, Athenian Vase Construction. A Potter’s Analysis, California, 1999. • B. Sparkes, Greek Pottery: An Introduction, 1991 • A. G. Mitchell, Greek Vase Painting and the Oringins of Visual Humour, Cambridge University Press, 2009 • J. Boardman, The History of Greek Vases: Potters, painters and Pictures, Thames and Hudson, 2001 * T. Ökse, Arkeolojik Çalışmalarda Seramik Değerlendirme Yöntemleri, İstanbul, 2002 * T. Ökse, Ön Asya Arkeolojisi Seramik Terimleri, İstanbul, 1999.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
n/a
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures15230
Discussion6212
Observation2612
Field Trip2612
Report Presentation122
Reading3618
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)90
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