Complete WAEC Syllabus for Ceramics 2023, Text Books, and Topics

You must prepare for the exam by studying the WAEC Ceramics syllabus. The goals and objectives, notes, and format for the Ceramics exam are all included.

The Ceramics syllabus must be studied in order to prepare for the exam. You can use it as a guide to help you decide which topics to read about. Additionally, there are notes on ideas that you ought to learn carefully.

Exam preparation without reference to the Ceramics Works syllabus is equivalent to visiting a farm without your farm equipment. You won’t be effective in the end.

Make sure to use the syllabus when you start your exam preparations.

The West African Examination Council’s Ceramics syllabus and suggested textbooks are included in this article (WAEC).

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comment area. I look forward to hearing from you.

WAEC Ceramics

Due to its benefit in producing functional and aesthetically pleasing things related to social, cultural, and economic advancements, ceramics has been designated as a vocational topic at the Senior High School level.

Aims and Objectives

The syllabus’s goals and objectives are to assess the candidate in the following areas:

  1. knowledge in the history and development of ceramics
  2. ability to explore, identify, prepare and use materials tools and equipment.
  3.  knowledge and experience in healthy studio practices.
  4. ability to design, develop and create ideas for ceramics
  5. skills in the processes and production of ceramics wares:
  6. ability to interpret and appreciate works in ceramics
  7. ability to plan and establish a small-scale industry.

Scheme of Examination

Papers 1, 2, and 3 are the three required papers that must all be taken. Papers 1 and 2 will be taken together as a composite paper in a single sitting.

Paper 1 will include forty multiple-choice objective questions that must all be answered in 50 minutes or less for a total of 40 marks.

The second paper will have six essay-style questions.

Candidates must respond to four questions for 60 points in two hours.

Paper 3 consists of two practical projects that candidates must complete in five days while putting in six hours every day. There will be 80 marks on the test.

Two weeks prior to the execution period, the question papers will be distributed to the candidates so they can prepare.

Within the two weeks before to the project’s implementation, sketches and planning notes should also be created. These are worth 20 points each. Therefore, the overall score for the essay is 100.

WAEC Ceramics Syllabus

According to this syllabus, general knowledge of the history and evolution of the profession of ceramics includes knowing how to use tools and materials, produce items and objects, utilize their finishing techniques, market the goods, and use them.

Candidates must satisfactorily address inquiries covering all facets of ceramics in their objective, essay, and practical forms.

The following categories of questions will be used.

  1. Ceramics as a vocation
    • The definition and history of ceramics, career opportunities, types of products, e.g.bricks, tiles, vases, bowls, their uses, i.e. utilitarian and decorative, and relation of products to the culture of the people.
    • Indigenous pottery e.g. Ntonso, Pankrono pottery etc.  Ghanaian pioneer contemporary ceramic artists e.g.  Daniel Cobblah, W.C. Owusu, R.C . Ekem, Ofori Duodu, K.K. Broni, J.K. Amoah, Kofi Asante, J.K. Nsiah, I.K. Oteng, P.S. Kwawukume, David Tetteh, AduDarko, A.E. Quarm, Happy Kufeh, etc.
  2. Raw materials,  (Clay, Glazes and Other Raw Materials)
    • The definition of clay, its formation, kinds and types of clay, e.g. primary clay e.g. kaolin, secondary clay e.g. Ball clay, earthenware clay, stoneware, etc. prospecting and tests for clays, plasticity, shrinkage, firing temperature etc. Preparation of clay, types of clay bodies e.g. plastic, rough etc.  Sources of raw materials
    • Glazes, Colouring Oxides, Stains etc.
  3. Tools and equipment.
    • Tools:- their uses and maintenance e.g. Modelling and trimming tools, sponge, cutting wire, callipers, knives, scraper, kidney, dipper, etc.
    • Equipment:-their uses and maintenance e.g. Kilns, kiln furniture, potters wheel, blunger, pug mill, jaw crusher, filter press, ball mill, dehumidifier, spraying booth, spraying machine, sackboard, etc.
    • Design and Construction of Ceramic Tools/Equipment e.gforming tools, modelling tools, cutting wire, dipper, sackboard, rolling pin, kiln design and construction.
  4. Forming Techniques:-
    • Drawing and designing: Idea development e.g. sketching, drawing, dimension planning, computer-aided designing etc.
    • Hand building e.g. Pinching,  coiling, slabbing, etc. wheel work, e.g. Throwing, Turning,
    • Casting Pressing Extrusion.
  5. Decoration and Finishing;-
    • Decorative processes e.g. Stamping, Inlaying, Incision, Embossing, Sgraffito, Slip Trailing, Glazing, Sprigging, Spraying, Painting, Printing, etc.
    • Drying and firing – open firing, kiln firing, (Bisque firing),
  6. Glost firing.
    • Glazing;- Preparation,  Application, Firing, and its defects.
    • Establishment of small-scale Ceramic industry:-  Site
    • Factors finding, financing, branding, registration, licensing, labour, quality control.
    • Entrepreneurial Skills:-  Managing a ceramic enterprise.
    • Costing, pricing, packaging, and marketing of ceramic objects:-  Market surveying, valuing, labour cost, transportation, etc.
  7. Exhibition:-   Definition, Types, planning and organizing exhibitions.
  8. Ceramic production and sustainable environmental issues:- energy conservation, afforestation, land reclamation, etc.
  9. Professional Practices/Ethics
    • Healthy studio practices
    • Building a portfolio of works
    • Developing Business Plan
    • Brochure and Business card
    • Portfolio Development
    • Sustainable environment
  10. Museum and Galleries
    • Definition, history and development of the museum.
    • Functions and socio-economic importance of the museum.
    • The administrative structure of the museum.
    • Authenticity and neutrality of the museum.
    • Examples of museums and their activities.


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