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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
Paige Wright, Instructor
Brian Jones, Instructor
Jim Koudelka, Emeritus Professor
Thomas Orr, Emeritus Professor

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!

Recent Events

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Visiting Artist Talk: Armando Minjarez | Fall 2016
The Hustle: How To Make It Work After Art School

Through Professional Practices Workshop and Identity and Social Practice Sharing Circle and Discussion, Armando Minjarez will discuss his career path as a working artist to provide insight into how to build your career in the arts post BFA. This is an open discussion and all OCAC students are encouraged to attend and participate.  Armando will also give a talk on October 10th at 12:45pm that is free and open to public.  more information>

3D Printing with Clay | Spring 2016
The Digital Strategies area of study in OCAC's undergraduate program recently hosted visiting artist Bryan Czbesz, asst. professor of art at SUNY New Paltz, who conducted a 3D printer building workshop. During the one day workshop the students of OCAC's inaugural digital fabrication class built a delta 3D printer that prints in wet clay. This exciting hands on workshop was intended to demystify 3D printing technology and show students that they too can build their own customized 3D printer. The parts for the printer, which was affectionately named Cloudia, were purchased online and at the local hardware store and other parts were 3D printer and cut on the CNC router. Students are excited about the possibilities of printing in wet clay and then continuing to shape and work with their creations after they have been printed. 






Area of Study Requirements

First year - Third year
Take two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and two 300-level courses from the courses listed below.
CE109 Handbuilding
CE110 Wheel Throwing
CE202 Ceramic Materials and Surfaces
CE203 Mold-Making and Molding
CE301 The Vessel
CE304 Ceramic Sculpture

Fourth year
Take all courses listed below.
ST401 Senior Seminar I
ST402 Senior Seminar II
TH495 Thesis Studio
TH498 Thesis Studio

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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