The ceramics program encourages students to explore
a variety of materials and techniques in developing
their own artistic voice within the craft traditions
of ceramics and pottery. The coursework at the various
levels encompasses wheel thrown, hand-built and molding
processes; clay and glaze materials; firing processes;
history and design. The greatest instructional emphasis
is on functional forms but includes decorative and sculptural
expressions in clay as well. The curriculum focuses
on command and appropriate choice of technique, an applied
understanding of ceramic technology, and a general knowledge
of ceramic art history.
The studio includes electric and kick wheels, extruders,
a slab roller, three electric kilns, three gas reduction
kilns, a raku kiln and a temporary wood-fired kiln.
Beginning students fire their own bisque kilns while
upper-level students mix their own clay and glazes,
as well as load and fire kilns.