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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.

Katie Mudd, left     Ellen Gordon, right         

Dylan J. Beck, Department Head
Jim Koudelka

Visiting Artists
Andrew Casto
Allen Chen
Sunshine Cobb
Paul Donnelly 
Chanda Glendinning
Brian Harper
Rain Harris
Niki Johnson
Jo Kamm
Lauren Karle
Paul Lewing
Amelia Toelke

Course Descriptions
CE109 Handbuilding
CE110 Wheel Throwing
CE202 Ceramic Materials and Surfaces
CE203 Mold-Making and Molding
CE301 The Vessel
CE304 Ceramic Sculpture
CE490 Ceramics Tutorial

Student Work
The ceramics indoor kiln area houses two state-of-the-art Blaauw kilns and twelve electric kilns. The outdoor kiln pad has a salt kiln, soda kiln, updraft sagger kiln, downdraft gas kiln, raku kiln, gas test kiln, experimental firings area, and oxyacetylene and TIG welding area. 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, and hot-wire foam cutting table round out the equipment available to you. 


Learn more about the College's programs of study:

Undergraduate programs
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft

The Certificate in Craft
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)

Graduate programs
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Collaborative Masters of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design