The mission of our ceramics program is to support students in the skill-based, intellectual, and personal development necessary for professional artists. Our curriculum addresses the importance of technical information and skill, and requires rigorous ideation and critique processes through which students train to articulate their visual and conceptual language. Our facilities and studios accommodate all aspects of ceramics processes and maximize the benefits of community-based learning.
Undergraduate courses in ceramics include hand building, wheel throwing, mold making and casting, kiln design and construction, clay and glaze chemistry, problems in installation, individual research, and senior exhibition. Faculty lectures and presentations covering a wide variety of elements necessary to further students professionally: glaze and clay technology, kiln design, business practices, considerations in installation, professional photography of work, guest art faculty critiques, professional portfolio preparation and other topics. The area has consistently prepared students to realistically reach their goals.