At the heart of UArts' Ceramics program is thinking through making. If you are passionate about working with your hands and engaging with material to create something meaningful, the study of ceramics at UArts is just right for you. As you learn the technical aspects of ceramics, you'll also learn how to process the ideas and concepts associated with the art—a unique balance of analyzing and creating.

Having experienced all aspects of making, from initial design to the final finished piece, the University of the Arts' Craft graduates are flexible and well-prepared to become independent studio artists, or to find positions in related fields in design, business and industry, or go on to pursue advanced degrees.

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    Patrick Coughlin

    Ceramics
    International teaching artist
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    Jim Makins

    Ceramics
    Influential ceramics artist with studios in the US and Japan
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    Jason Lee Starin

    Ceramics
    Sci-fi influenced ceramic artist, shop supervisor

    Sample Courses in the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Ceramics

    First Year
    Drawing: Objects & Space
    Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
    Image/Time
    Color
    Object/Environment
    Found & Fabricated

    Second Year
    3D Computer Modeling
    Studio Practice
    Discipline Fundamentals
    Handbuilding Exploration Projects
    Throwing Exploration Projects
    Throwing Exploration Studio

    Third Year
    Junior Projects/Discourse
    Ceramics Junior Studio I
    Ceramics Junior Studio II
    Ceramics Junior Projects

    Fourth Year
    Ceramics Senior Thesis I
    Ceramics Senior Thesis II
    Ceramics Senior Studio
    Craft Senior Projects

    About the Curriculum

    At the heart of the curriculum of the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Ceramics is the notion of thinking through making.  Ceramics students are passionate about working with their hands and about discussing the ideas and concepts underlying their art. Ceramics students learn to express themselves through material and process. A student who pursues Craft and Material Studies will work closely with an advisor to determine the curricular path that best matches their artistic goals.  

    Students who complete the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Ceramics will:

    • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary craft practice.
    • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as artists, entrepreneurs, designers for industry and productive citizens.
    • Be able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently and with considerable insight.
    • Acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals. They establish a work practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

    To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Crafts + Material Studies, with a concentration in Ceramics, students will complete a total of 126 credits as follows:

    • 40.5 credits in the Fine Arts Major
    • 18 credits in College of Art, Media & Design Core Studies
    • 6 credits in School of Art Core
    • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
    • 12 credits in Art History
    • 30 credits in the Liberal Arts
    • 15 credits in Free Electives

    Ceramics can also be studied as an emphasis in the Fine Arts Program.

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    Luke Desmone

    BFA '17

    Ceramics
    Award-winning ceramic artist who has been published both locally and internationally
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    John Souter

    BFA '12

    Ceramics
    Has been an artist-in-residence in Denmark and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado
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    April Ilawan

    BFA '17

    Ceramics
    Japanese- and Scandinavian-inspired ceramic artist
    UArts Hosts Premier Craft Symposium
    Friday, November 2
    UArts is pleased to be hosting CraftNOW's annual symposium, Making a Difference, on November 2. Students and faculty will benefit from panels and discussions with some of the biggest names in craft. Roberto Lugo will be the keynote speaker presenting Pottery Saved My Life.

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