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.
Established in 1926, The Ohio State University Ceramics program is one
of the oldest in the country. The educational philosophy of the
program, which operates inside the larger graduate program in The OSU
Department of Art, encourages students to bridge the boundaries of both
concept and material. The program promotes a cross fertilization of
media and methods and places a high value on intellectual research.
Taiwanese potter Po-Ching Fang (pronounced Fong) explains midway through our interview that his vision of nature, like his vision of a cup, is of a world both constructed and organic, and in this combination one finds a universality understood by all.
Molly Hatch interviews Deborah Schwartzkopf on her work, how she started, and her life as a working potter.
Like a lot of potters just starting out, Schwartzkopf discovered that travel and relocation are part of establishing a reputation and a body of work.
Monthly Methods: Pots as Puzzles by Deborah Schwartzkopf
Across all studios, our overriding objective is to cultivate and enrich curiosities. We ask the individual to become comfortable with the uncertainties of risks, in exercising the freedom of the graduate experience to explore what they don’t know.
Nuala Creed’s sculptures of precious babies and sweet children draw our
attention and entice our interest. Their innocence and helplessness
draws out our humanity. The gas masks and weapons strapped to the
babies startle and pique our curiosity.
As we make lifestyle adjustments to minimize our impact on the
environment and do what we can to conserve natural resources, we can’t
help but be reminded how much we, as humans, will suffer the effects of
global climate change, pollution, and species extinction.
The idea of making a living as an artist was not taught (at the
university) as most students went into academic teaching jobs out of
school. I chose not to go that route. Instead, I went directly to New
York City. I soon got a part-time teaching job at NYU and then Parsons
School of Design as a way to pay the rent. My work progressed and I
began to show in a New York gallery.
At a very young age, I decided to become a ceramic artist and studied
art and ceramics with that intention. I opened my studio immediately
after school and began making pottery parallel to my research on more
sculptural pieces. Both need absolute concentration and discipline. I
chose to concentrate on sculpture.