School of Art and Design
Summer Session

We are working on an exciting Summer Session for 2016. Please check back soon.

Contact Information:
Email Summer Ceramics
Phone: 607.871.2413
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Alfred University is a residential, student-centered, vibrant living/learning community located on a beautiful 232 acre campus with more than 50 academic and residential buildings plus another 400 acres of nearby recreational land.

The ceramics facilities include over 36,000 square feet of interior space as well as outdoor space devoted to various aspects of ceramic fabrication and technology. The extensive indoor kiln room has over 10 gas and 20 electric kilns which include wood, salt, soda, and raku kilns. The new 3D Digital Fabrication Lab offers cutting-edge exploration of new technologies in ceramics. Other facilities include a plaster lab, spray booth, extruders, slab rollers, and a variety of types of potter’s wheels. The raw materials lab is supplied with over 100 materials and the glaze application room is stocked with a selection of glazes for each workshop.

Campus map, directions and travel suggestions

Airport Shuttle
A $100 round trip ($50 one way) shuttle service is available for those traveling to/from the (ROC) Rochester, NY airport. An airport shuttle will depart at approximately 4 pm on Sunday June 29th and Sunday July 5th; the trip takes approximately 90 minutes. A return shuttle will leave campus on Sunday July 12th, Saturday July 18th, and Saturday July 25th at 9 am (arriving to the airport at approximately 10:30 am). Please plan your arrival and departure times accordingly. Advance registration is required, Email Summer Ceramics

Ample parking is available in student and faculty lots during the summer. No parking passes are required.

Alfred, NY is accessible for day trips to and from Niagara Falls (2 hours), Corning Museum of Glass (1 hour), Finger Lakes Wineries (30+ minutes), and Rochester area attractions (1+ hour). Field trips to area attractions may be organized, at a nominal cost, if there is adequate interest.

Participants spend most of their time in the studio or attending lectures and demonstrations. Other summer activities include Carillon and Village Band concerts, local Farmers Markets, hiking, swimming, and visiting the shops in downtown Alfred. See Living In Alfred for area events and attractions in the summer. If you are interested in finding out about services available locally such as banks, grocery stores, storage facilities, child care, etc. please visit the area services webpage.

July 5-11, 2015. The MostArts Festival will celebrate the glorious mid-summer days of Alfred, New York by offering the Alfred University community the brilliance of timeless classical music. The Festival is committed to enriching the cultural, economic, and educational potential of the Alfred community by inviting internationally renowned musicians to the region to share their passion for music and to engage in the broader dialogue between music and the vibrant world of Alfred art.

Refund Policy
Full refunds, less a $50 fee, for any of our 1, 2, or 4 week workshops or studios or the 2 day short course must be received, in writing, by June 1, 2015. No partial refunds will be given to those who arrive late or leave early. Refunds take up to four weeks to process.

Materials Fee
Each Workshop/Studio has an upfront materials fee that includes 50 lbs. of clay (one box) and materials for firing the kilns*. Additional boxed clay is available for individual purchase in the Grinding Room.
*All clay and materials for Walter McConnell’s Big Clay: Raw Workshop will be provided by the participant’s materials fee.

All participants are encouraged to bring their own tools. Tools are available for purchase from the School’s Grinding Room, the University Bookstore, and Tinkertown – our local hardware store.

Alfred University Bookstore
Located on the main floor of the Powell Campus Center in the center of the campus, the Bookstore carries a wide range of art supplies, tools, and materials.

Meals are often available to purchase on a walk-in basis in Ade dining hall most of Summer Session II (June 29 - August 7) or at restaurants in the Village of Alfred. There are a variety of restaurants within both walking and distance of campus. Local Restaurants

Smoking Policy
All University buildings are smoke-free.

Animal Policy
Animals are not allowed in any University building unless trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

100% network-wired, with wireless zones in selected locations.

Visit the library web pages for complete information and summer hours. University-wide summer hours are in effect from May 18-August 7.

    • Herrick Memorial Library

    • Scholes Library of Ceramics

Health Care Services
The AU Health Service is closed during the summer. Emergency Care (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) nearby options include:

St. James Mercy Hospital, 411 Canisteo St., Hornell, NY 14843, Phone: 607.324.8000

Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main, Wellsville, NY 14895, Phone: 585.593.1100

It’s warm and sunny most of the time with typical daytime highs in the 70s and 80s.

Quotes gathered from 2014 workshops

“Everyone works so hard! The teachers, the grads, the students. A wonderful stimulating environment for any clay artist!”

“The Raku Workshop was outstanding. World-class instructor in Wayne Higby and so much encouragement by him. Life changing way of looking at clay.”

“The essence of Alfred Ceramics at your fingertips! What joy to spend two weeks immersed in the facilities and community of this oasis.”

“It was a great experience to have the luxury of time, space, kilns, materials, and advice.”

“I went to Alfred without much preconception except to be inspired by the facility, faculty, and environment. Not only did I get that, but I also got inspired by the graduate students and fellow participants! The faculty was so encouraging and supportive of the work we were making. The air was so full of energy and creativity that it was an awesome experience all by itself.”

Here are some of our memories with students and getting excited about clay and ideas behind great work.