School of Art and Design
Undergraduate : Divisions : Ceramic Art

Turner Teaching Fellow, Chase Folsom
Professor Andrea Gill
Professor John Gill
Professor Wayne Higby
Assistant Professor, Matt Kelleher
Professor Walter McConnell
Professor Linda Sikora, Division Head
Associate Professor Linda Sormin

During the sophomore year, students are introduced to clay making, glaze formulation, throwing, hand-building, slip-casting, kiln loading and firing.

As juniors, students strengthen technical and conceptual skills by selecting from diverse offerings ranging from utilitarian pottery to sculpture and the making of ceramic tile.

In the senior year, students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor within an assigned personal studio space to develop a major body of work.

Courses in raw materials and kiln building hold particular interest. The raw materials course introduces the origins and properties of clay and glaze materials. The kiln-building course focuses on building a working kiln. Courses are also offered in the technology of 3D digital printing and fabrication in the new 3D Digital Fabrication Lab collaboratively developed between the School of Art and Design and the Inamori School of Engineering.

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.

Extensive indoor and outdoor kiln facilities; backed by the expertise of an artist-master technician, support both faculty and students. There is access to large, separate studio areas for throwing, hand-building and plaster mold work, as well as a completely stocked undergraduate glaze room and labs for clay and glaze formulation. In addition, our program features a comprehensive material supply facility managed by a ceramic artist-technician.

The new 3D Digital Fabrication Lab, collaboratively developed between the School of Art and Design and the Inamori School of Engineering, offers cutting edge exploration of new technologies in ceramics.

    Digital Fabrication Lab

  • Laser Cutter
  • Rapid Prototyper/ 3D Printer
  • 3D Digital Scanner
  • 3D Milling Machine

    Main Kiln Room

  • 7 Gas Fired Front Loading Kilns
  • 4 Gas Fired Shuttle Car Kilns
  • 1 Gas Test Kiln
  • 12 Electric Fired Front Loading Kilns
  • 4 Electric Fired Top Loading Kilns
  • 1 Clark Fork Lift
  • 8 Electric Test Kilns

    Outdoor Kiln Area

  • 6 Gas Fired Salt/Soda Kilns
  • 1 Raku Kiln
  • 1 Two-Chamber Wood/Soda Kiln
  • 1 One-Chamber Wood Kiln

    Glaze Studios

  • Raw Materials Research Lab
  • Ball Mills Stationary Mixers
  • Digital Scales
  • Glaze Application Area
  • Spray Booths

    Main Studio Area

  • Plaster Room
  • Mold Dryer
  • Clay Dryer
  • 3 Pneumatic Extruders
  • 3 Slab Rollers
  • Brick Saw
  • Individual Wheels
  • Individual Ware Carts

    The Grinding Room

  • 3 Soldner Mixers
  • 1 Muller Vertical Shaft Mixer
  • 1 Pan Crusher
  • 1 Clay Grinder
  • Sandblaster
  • Tool and Safety Equipment Store

Rhodes Room, New Deal, Flex Space and Island GetawayCritique, Review, and Installation Spaces

    Clean, flexible spaces
    Sign out for:

  • Installation
  • Reviews
  • Documentation
  • Image viewing
  • Workshops
  • Special demonstrations