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Ceramics studio | Kilns
Ellen Gordon, Candidate BFA 2018
Elizabeth Koopman, BFA 2015
Joni Yates, BFA 2015
Dylan Beck, Ceramics Department Head. Installation view, "Holding Pattern" and "Oil Slick," 2016.

Study the fundamentals of ceramics, as both a sculptural and functional medium, through the varied techniques of hand-building, wheel throwing, mold making, surface decoration and firing methods. Exploration, experimentation, and mixed media approaches are encouraged as you push the traditional boundaries of clay. Whether you are looking for a career in the arts, industry, or design, our curriculum—which focuses on sustainable studio practice, cultural relevance, and entrepreneurial approaches—will prepare you for a life of creativity and making.

Dylan J. Beck, Department Head
Chanda Glendinning, Instructor and Studio Manager

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Visiting Artists
Andrew Casto
Allen Chen
Sunshine Cobb
Alanna DeRocchi
Paul Donnelly 
Chanda Glendinning
Heidi Grew
Brian Harper
Rain Harris
Niki Johnson
Jo Kamm
Lauren Karle
Paul Lewing
Amelia Toelke
See the full list of visiting artists here!

Courses and Requirements
Course Descriptions
Program Requirements







The ceramics indoor kiln area houses:

  • two state-of-the-art Blaauw kilns
  • twelve electric kilns (seven with computer kiln controllers)

The outdoor kiln pad has:

  • salt kiln
  • soda kiln
  • updraft sagger kiln
  • downdraft gas kiln 
  • raku kiln
  • gas test kiln
  • experimental firings area
  • oxyacetylene and TIG welding area

Other equipment includes:

  • sixteen built-in electric/kick potter’s wheels
  • eight electric wheels
  • hydraulic and manual extrudes
  • Soldner clay mixer
  • pug mill
  • spray booth
  • sandblaster
  • fully-stocked glaze lab
  • plaster/mold making area
  • hot-wire foam cutting table 




Learn more about our programs of study:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Master of Fine Arts in Craft & Material Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)
The Certificate in Craft