An ancient art open to innovation, ceramics gives you a broad vision for craft, technology and invention. Intellectual curiosity and a passion for process are the essential tools for this major.

As you pursue the ceramics major, you will be grounded in conceptual issues and techniques of forming and firing, including sculptural building, throwing on a potter’s wheel, mold-making and slip-casting. You also will work with a wide range of clay bodies, glazes and kilns, all with an emphasis on professional practice that prepares you for a career in the arts. Glass has recently been introduced into the elective course offerings, and you will have opportunities to explore ways that glass and clay can be integrated in utilitarian and sculptural objects. Faculty encourage risk-taking as you master technique, inventing and blending processes as you define and create a body of work for exhibition.

An internship is required for ceramics majors, and students have had exciting experiences working as studio assistants for local, regional and international artists and in a variety of capacities in art centers, galleries and museums.

Ceramics department blog

Ceramics Faculty

  • Cary Esser, professor and chair

    Cary Esser’s sculptures indulge the materiality of ceramics and draw on the history of...Read More
  • George Timock, professor

    George Timock, professor, has a particular interest in double-walled vessels that are raku-fired and inspired by the landscape. His work...Read More
  • Paul Donnelly, assistant professor

    Paul Donnelly, a native of Philadelphia, is a studio potter who uses slip cast and wheel-thrown techniques to create decorative yet...Read More
  • Tom Binger, studio technician and lecturer

    Tom Binger earned a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. He specializes in the use of ceramic tile and pictorial narrative...Read More
  • Christen Baker, lecturer

    Christen Baker is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving her degree in ceramics. She specializes in porcelain and...Read More
  • Julie Malen, lecturer

    Julie Malen collages photographs with natural fragments and cultural debris in her mixed media installations to create the dizzying...Read More
  • Andrea Martin, lecturer

    Andrea Martin is an artist based in Kansas City, Mo. Her work focuses on issues of contemporary...Read More
  • Casey Whittier, lecturer

    Casey Whittier’s work explores the intersections between nature and imagination, desire and destruction and the overriding issue of...Read More

Samples of Work


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