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Ohio University: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On March 18, 2010 0 Comments

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.

California College of the Arts: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On March 17, 2010 0 Comments

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
contemporary art.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On March 16, 2010 0 Comments

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.

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