A concentration on Ceramics is designed to assist student to achieve excellence in his or her personal direction in the medium. The curriculum is structured to challenge the student both conceptually and technically through a series of progressively more intense assignments and experiences. Early emphasis is placed on a common foundation in basic fabrication and decorating techniques and is followed by opportunities to expand those skills in upper level courses.
While primarily oriented around the functional vessel, a wide variety of approaches to clay are recognized and encouraged, including sculptural and conceptual pursuits. The ceramics area familiarizes students with the terminology of the field, and teaches use of the ceramic equipment, including the potter’s wheel, slab roller, extruder, clay mixer, and both electric and gas kilns. Students are expected to achieve an acceptable level of mastery of a number of these skills including clay construction, object decoration, and kiln firing.
It is our goal that students leaving the program be prepared for success in either undergraduate school employment within a ceramic studio, or self-employment in a ceramic production business.