Ceramics students learn handbuilding and wheel-throwing techniques, kiln firing procedures, glaze and claybody chemistry, moldmaking, and other processes. Special courses are offered in craft-business practices, glaze calculation, and kiln-building. Our comprehensive program offers all methods of firing using approximately twenty kilns of various sizes.
Housed in a new facility, both the BFA and MFA programs challenge students to develop their own artistic direction. Advanced and graduate classes encourage group discussion on contemporary issues and emphasize individual critiques of their work. Visiting artists are invited on campus through the activities of the Clay Club. Members of this group raise the necessary funds by selling their artwork.
Additionally, students participate in field trips and attend a national ceramics conference each year. Graduates of this program teach, work in industry, become production potters, or work as studio artists.