Credits: 10

Schedule: 08.01.2019 - 15.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Nathalie Lautenbacher

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teacher Nathalie Lautenbacher:

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To increase the student´s design skills, artistic expression and knowledge in the field of ceramics design. To get familiar with common serial small scale and mass production techniques in ceramics studio work and industry. To learn independent studio work for prototype making and understand the qualities of the material. To develop skills in multidisciplinary co-operation as part of the design process as well as exhibition design.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The practical realization of a design project in ceramics, the theme of which changes yearly: from tabletop to surface design and others. The task is to design small scale utilitarian objects. The assessment starts from gathering research material, sketching and presenting the concept ideas, proceeding to studio work and resulting in the making of prototypes from ceramics. The concept development, designing and evaluation are processed theoretically in project seminars, where the manufacturing techniques and working methods as well as chosen solutions are discussed. The module ends up with an exhibition and possibly catalogue presenting the results.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

The brief will deal with "Ceramics Surfaces and Textures"

The main focus is in examining the aesthetic qualities of the material through surface design.

The same brief will be given to another ongoing course, Wood Studio Design Project (SARK-E5016), and the results of the two courses will be exhibited together during spring 2019. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

For passing the course, the student has to participate in lectures and group activity (80%) and present the final artefact. Evaluation criteria: activity during the course, the creative process, quality of the final artefact and content of the final presentation.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

270 h

Lectures and seminar 30 h

Excursions 8h

Studio work 170 h

Learning diary 30 h

Presentations and Feedback 12 h

Personal reflection 30 h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Note: Learning diary will be replaced by readings and drawing assignment.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Thompson, Rob (2009). Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals. London: Thames & Hudson. Other literature sources will be given during the course.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Articles from the following books will be used as base for group discussion:

Franck, Kaj (toim. Räsänen, Liisa) 1989. Kaj Franck –
Muotoilijan Tunnustuksia, Form och Miljö. Taideteollinen korkeakoulu. Valtion Painatuskeskus Helsinki

Juhani 2009. The Thinking Hand – Existential and Embodied Wisdom in
Architecture. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Ponti Tipocolor, Italy

Yanagi, Soetsu 1972. Adapted by Leach, Bernard. The Unknown Craftsman – A Japanese Insight into
Beauty. Kodansha USA, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd, South Korea

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course replaces course MUO-E5012 in the old degree requirement

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The students should have the capability of independent work in the project. Former experience in ceramics is recommended.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



Priority to Contemporary Design students and Product and Spatial Design students who have this course accepted in their personal study plan. 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.


Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

 Max 15 students.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

See detailed schedule on Course main page.

Lectures and individual tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Excursions (also on Wednesdays!!):

-Wed 9.1. 10 am Meeting ceramist Kirsi Kivivirta at studio/ Kaarlenkatu 15

-Thu 10.1. 1 pm National Museum/10.000 Years of Design/ Mannerheimintie 3

-Wed 1 pm Aikio/ Bryk & Wirkkala Collection, Weegee / Ahertajantie 5

-Thu 1 pm Iittala & Arabia Design Center / Hämeentie 135A


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