By providing a broad introduction to clay, the ceramics emphasis opens the door to the varied world of the ceramic artist. At the basic level, students learn hand building techniques and wheel skills, considering principles of design in both functional and sculptural projects. At the intermediate level, glaze formulation and kiln firing are introduced, while the advanced student participates in studio management, acquiring skills needed to set up a personal studio and/or to prepare for graduate school. The advanced student is encouraged to explore individual preferences in both glazing and forming methods and in functional or sculptural work. Senior project students use clay to express themselves conceptually, while building a body of work for their portfolios. The ceramics studio includes a beginner space with 14 wheels, work tables, extruders and a slab roller. The intermediate studio has eight wheels and two giffin grips. The kiln room houses a glaze formulation area and three electric kilns which are fired to earthenware and stoneware temperatures. A raku kiln is fired each semester providing exposure to the spontaneity and uncertainty of that process.
… after the firing