A sculptor constructs agglomerations of unrelated slip-cast objects in experimental combinations in order to encourage a sense of mystery and creative exploration, both in the making process and the finished work.
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Internal support systems, whether architectural, skeletal, or cellular, become the substance and outward representation of objects in the work of an artist exploring ideas of strength and weakness, frailty and stability, chaos and organization.
The MFA program at Bowling Green State University prepares students to become professional artists and educators. As graduate students explore their ideas, the faculty members serve as guides, helping them navigate the art-making process. Students are encouraged and challenged; through this process they learn to carefully consider their intentions and develop an honest dialog with their work. The small size of the ceramics graduate program fosters an intimate mentoring relationship. Graduates work closely with faculty members to develop a strong body of work while honing the professional skills needed to advance their careers.
The mission of the Division of Ceramic Art at Alfred is to educate ceramics artists at the undergraduate and graduate level to the limits of the imagination. At Alfred, the faculty believes in the critical development of concept and individual point of view, as well as establishing a solid foundation in materials, processâ€”technology, equipmentâ€”and skill. A knowledge of art history, including ceramic art history and a national/international cultural awareness is considered important. The faculty welcome students from around the world and look forward to listening to them. Clearly, the students are the future of ceramic art.
The Ceramics area at Ohio University offers an inclusive environment where traditional and nontraditional forms of ceramic making are equally fostered, and emphasis is put on a conceptual awareness and rigor within the making process.
Rooted in a critically engaged artistic practice, the
graduate program in fine arts at the California College of the Arts
helps students to achieve a deeper understanding of their own ideas and
practice while gaining greater awareness of the global context of
The graduate program in ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville encompasses the diversity of approaches currently being explored in contemporary ceramics. Committed to fostering the evolution of ideas and techniques, and broadening the scope of possibilities within contemporary ceramics, the program also maintains a high standard of craftsmanship. A healthy balance of functional potters, vessel-makers and sculptors keeps the studio environment dynamic and engaging. Exploration in other studio areas as well as art history is required as a means to foster artistic growth across disciplines. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, artistic research and craftsmanship are required to successfully complete the graduate program. A positive attitude, which is conducive to working within a large studio community, is essential.
The ceramics faculty at Louisiana State University
recognizes the importance of inventive personal statements and the
experimentation and exploration of visual concepts. We emphasize the
marriage of art and craft and try to avoid narrow vocational goals.
Divisions between media are considered to have disappeared and the
graduate-level student is expected to work as a maturing artist
motivated by independent ideas. Our graduate students’ interests vary
from a strong functional pottery orientation to the concerns of
sculpture and conceptual art.
The aim of the MFA program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is to
help each student find his or her voice as an artist. MFA candidates
spend three years developing their thesis-the ideas, concepts,
approaches and values that will shape their work, now and in the
future. Students are strongly encouraged to take three full years to
finish their degrees. This extra time is intended to be a wise and
productive investment, resulting in MFA exhibitions that are truly
The UC Davis Department of Art’s MFA graduate program philosophy is to
bring in students of the highest creative caliber and potential, and
provide them with a rigorous program of independent research and
sustained artistic development. The program recognizes that students
are developing into individual emerging artists in the professional art
world, as well as, in many instances, becoming art teachers and
professors in public and private schools and colleges.