Ceramics

Ceramics

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

    A member of the KCAI faculty since 1996, Cary Esser, professor and chair of the ceramics department, specializes in architectural...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
  • Jessica Brandl, lecturer

    Jessica Brandl, a native Midwesterner, works in photography, drawing, painting, installation and sculpture to retell stories of Middle...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

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