Announcing the Ceramic Arts Daily Community Forum and New Education Resources for Students and Educators
We’re “broadcasting live” from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today. Continuing on the Education Week theme, I have a very exciting education-related announcement to make. Drumroll please: We have been working hard behind the scenes on a couple of cool new features on the site: the Ceramic Arts Community Forum and our new-and-improved education section.
Tomorrow we are heading to Philadelphia for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference so I decided to unofficially designate this week “Education Week” here at Ceramic Arts Daily. And to kick off Education Week, we have a new download to offer: Graduate Programs in Ceramic Art: Profiles of Several Top Institutions for Obtaining an MFA in Ceramics. With works by the ceramics faculty as well as graduate students, and a snapshot of the facilities and MFA program highlights, this collection of some of the best graduate ceramics programs serves as a window into what is coming in terms of new work and new inspiration in ceramic art! For today’s post, I am presenting a sampling of what you’ll find in the guide. Since we’re headed to Pennsylvania, I thought I’d pick a great Pennsylvania school.
An installation of busts pays homage to an artist’s classmates of 40 years ago, blending personal reminiscence with historical and cultural reflection.
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.
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, process—technology, equipment—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.