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.
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