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Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus


Ceramics – Specialised Module 3

Students learn about:

Students learn to:

OHS and Risk Management

(refer to Outcomes 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.4.2 on page 12)

the intent of the OHS Act and the role of WorkCover in the workplace

potential hazards in the work environment

safe handling of chemicals

select and use personal protective equipment

identify specific OHS issues associated with the production of practical projects


(refer to Outcomes 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)

the properties and applications of clays including:

clays suitable for throwing

grogged clays suitable for hand building and sculptural forms

raku clays

paper clays

glazes and associated decoration mediums including:

earthenware, stoneware and raku glazes

sulfate and salt as used in pit firings


underglazes and glaze stains

describe and compare the properties of a range of clays

select and use clays most suitable for completing projects

select and use appropriate glazes and associated decorating mediums to complete a project

Equipment, Tools and Machines

(refer to Outcomes 5.2.2, 5.4.2, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)

a range of tools, machines and equipment in the Ceramics focus area including:

hand tools

pottery wheels

electric, gas, wood-fired and alternative methods of firing ceramic work

maintain and use hand tools which may include making simple hand tools

understand the construction and operating principles of the pottery wheel

fire ceramic work using a variety of methods


(refer to Outcomes 5.2.2, 5.4.2, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)

a range of processes and techniques related to the Ceramics focus area

techniques for shaping and pulling handles

other decorative forms of attachments

make projects using the wide range of techniques that have been explored

shape or pull simple handles for projects

select and apply different forms of surface decoration

throw and finish forms to which attachments are added

Links to Industry

(refer to Outcomes 5.5.1, 5.7.2 on page 13)

industrial and commercial manufacturing techniques in ceramics including the application of new and emerging technologies

applications of ceramics in a wider range of industries, eg automotive, electronics, biomedical and engineering

compare and contrast industrial processes with those undertaken in the classroom

identify current and past production processes as used in the ceramics industry

describe a range of applications for ceramics


(refer to Outcomes 5.2.1, 5.5.1, 5.6.1 on pages 12–13)


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