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Program Overview

In our ceramics program, you will gain skills and knowledge that are the foundation for becoming a successful and relevant artist or art educator. You will learn methods for creating both functional and sculptural objects.

In addition, you will develop or further hone your: 

  • Work habits
  • Ability to critique your own work
  • Awareness of current and historic efforts in the field
  • Ability to express yourself in various ceramics media

If you are interested in learning the technical aspects of ceramics, you can also assist in the use of the kilns and in the creation of clay bodies and glazes.

Ceramics preparation

Ceramics Facilities and Equipment

  • Clay and glaze materials that cover a range of temperatures, colors and surfaces
  • Electric wheels
  • Kick wheels
  • 24” slab roller
  • Extruder
  • Clay mixer
  • Spray booth
  • Compressor
  • Gas-fired updraft kiln
  • Numerous electric kilns
Ceramics students throwing clay on pottery wheel

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be approximately 5,900 openings for craft and fine artists each year, on average, from 2021 to 2031, with many of those openings resulting from the need to replace artists who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force. The median salary of a craft or fine artist in 2021 was $49,960.

Contact Information

Daniel McDonald, MFA
Chair of the Art + Design Department, Associate Professor of Art
227 Center for the Arts