The BFA in Ceramics offers you opportunities to explore various ways of working with clay. Our program begins with ART 270: Ceramics I, which is a core course that concentrates on basic hand building and decorating techniques.
Subsequent Ceramics courses concentrate on:
- throwing techniques;
- glaze formulations;
- surface applications and decoration;
- problems relating to large scale work and;
- experimental techniques and/or research in glazing and firing.
After three courses in the sequence, you will enter the advanced section of the curriculum, where you are allowed to work more independently and one-on-one with the instructor. Specialized courses, for example in kiln design and construction, are also occasionally offered to advanced students.
Our Ceramics studio offers ample space and equipment for:
both wheel and hand throwing, including 10-12 electric potter’s wheels, three slab rollers, and two clay extruders;
rack storage for student work;
- facility for storing clay;
- equipment for mixing glazes;
- drying/kiln facility;
- electric and alpine gas kilns;
- outdoor firing facility with hand built kilns for primitive firings, a gas-fired salt kiln and a raku kiln and;
- adequate space for exerimental kiln building.
The Ceramics program at EKU emphasizes the importance of clay as a medium of artistic expression as well as craft. By studying its rich history, you are encouraged to become artists/craftspersons who experience a means to personal expression through your work. As a Ceramics student, you will be challenged by a range of past and present techniques and theories in order to define your own positions within the contemporary landscape of ideas and as a professional artist/craftsperson. The Ceramics program often arranges for visiting artists and adjunct faculty to participate in our program, sometimes for a few days, sometimes for as much as a full semester, in order to provide students with the opportunity to work with them on a firsthand basis. Practitioners and educators with national reputations who reflect a variety of ideologies and techniques are commonly guests.
By providing such a wide experience and strong foundation of study for our students we open opportunities for admission to graduate school, establishment of a private studio, work in a public art center, teaching, and a wide variety of other careers in their field.