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Louisiana State University: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On March 16, 2010 0 Comments

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.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On March 16, 2010 0 Comments

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

University of California, Davis: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On March 16, 2010 0 Comments

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.

The Ohio State University: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On March 16, 2010 0 Comments

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.

Tea set, 21 in. (54 cm) in width, stoneware, porcelain, wood fired, 2002.

A Neutral Vision: Po-Ching Fang’s Tea Sets

Posted On March 15, 2010 1 Comment


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.

Interview with Deborah Schwartzkopf at Mudflat Studio, July 2009

Posted On January 20, 2010 0 Comments

Molly Hatch interviews Deborah Schwartzkopf on her work, how she started, and her life as a working potter. 

Pitchers, to 15 in. (38 cm)  in height, wheel-thrown and altered parts combined with patterned slabs that were shaped with hump molds.

Deborah Schwartzkopf: Full Circle

Posted On January 20, 2010 0 Comments

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

Syracuse University: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On December 9, 2009 0 Comments

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

Posted On December 9, 2009 0 Comments

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.

Roxanne Jackson: We Believe in Something

Posted On December 9, 2009 1 Comment

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.