The ceramic program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, places emphasis on each student expressing their unique personality through their work. The program encourages a diverse range of attitudes including utilitarian pottery, figurative work, mixed media, and sculpture. Students are expected to explore ideas, materials, and processes, and to engage in critical dialog with the faculty and each other. Each student receives an individual studio space within a shared working studio environment and is expected to contribute to the overall health and well being of the community. Through group and individualized instruction, the faculty shares ideas with students and assists them in their creative endeavors. Visiting artists will also assist in this activity. The student is expected to develop and engage in a personal artistic practice that leads to the development of essential work and an artistic identity, culminating in a thesis exhibition.
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Harris Deller professor of ceramics, states, “My work is based on the
Left: This and That, 12 in. (30 cm) in height, slab-built porcelain with inlaid glaze, reduction fired to cone 10, 2009.
Pattie Chalmers, assistant professor of ceramics, holds a BA in history
Left: Other Collection, 4 ft. (1.2m) in
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I decided to attend
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, because of the faculty,
facilities, and the past grad work. When I visited the campus and met
with the grads and faculty, I was encouraged to find that working
across disciplines was supported.
I took seven years
off between graduating and applying for graduate school. During this
time, I worked, taught ceramics, and continued to make art while
building my portfolio. These years were crucial for me to grow as an
artist and as a person. I wanted to make sure I was focused and ready
to commit my life to graduate school before applying.
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took three years off between graduating and coming to graduate school.
That time was incredibly important to me but very isolating. Grad
school has provided me with a community of artists who are committed
both physically and intellectually to making art and connecting with
the faculty has been paramount in my grad school experience.
chose Southern Illinois University, Carbondale because of the multiple
teaching opportunities and the reputation of the professors.
wanted a school that valued both sculptural ceramic objects as well as
functional pottery. When I first visited Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale, I felt very welcomed by both the faculty and the grad
students. I also knew I wanted time to experiment while in graduate
school. A two-year program would not allow for this and I am happy that
I chose a three-year program.
The strength of the
work made here, by both faculty and graduate students, was very
compelling in my decision to apply. At Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale, the opportunity to enter into a critical dialog about the
changing world of ceramics in particular, and art in general, allows me
to more fully discover what kind of artist I want to be.
me, taking time off between undergraduate and graduate studies allowed
me to be more focused upon my return to school. I chose to attend
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale based on the faculty. I think
it is important to study under people whose work you respond to, whom
you respect and from whom you feel you have things to learn.
Before applying to graduate
school, I worked in Jingdezhen, China, and coming to Southern Illinois
University, Carbondale, has given me the opportunity to spend
uninterrupted time developing my work and ceramic skills.
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