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We believe clay is a means of expression, a tool for communication and a conduit for critical thinking. The Minor in Ceramics offers knowledge, aesthetics, technical approaches and invention through hands-on experiences with raw materials and technical processes. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive outlook on contemporary ceramic art history and theory, which also encompasses non-western art and craft. In the classroom, we cover current issues of social practice, sustainability and interdisciplinary practices which reflect the contemporary cultural landscape.
Students in the Ceramics program have active contact with the faculty and technical staff, who provide critical and rigorous mentorship while encouraging exploration and guidance in professional practices.
Throughout the curriculum, students learn traditional methods, such as hand-forming, wheel-throwing and mold making, alongside contemporary methods of computer-aided design, digital fabrication and industrial production.
All students prepare clay bodies and glazes, stack the kilns and learn building procedures, firing processes — electric, gas, wood, raku, and soda — and surface techniques. The studio environment is where functional and sculptural aesthetics are equally valued.