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. We want them to become innovators and practitioners of change in their respective studios and, at the same time, be cognizant of, and a willing advocate of, tradition. Teaching to the unapologetically functional vessel through to conceptually framed inquiries, the faculty promotes an open dialog with other disciplines. This has been the underlying strength of our program through much of its110 year history.
The ceramics facility is housed in the ComArt complex, which is home to fibers/textiles, metal, printmaking, and sculpture, with a graduate population of approximately 25 students. As a Level I private research university, there are numerous institutional resources beyond those of this extensive and contemporary facility, both abroad and on our urban campus. Regionally, the school is equidistant to Montreal, New York City, and Toronto, often the destination points of one-day seminar or class excursions.
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Margie Hughto, professor, earned her MFA degree from Cranbrook
Errol Willett, associate professor, received his BA from the
|Peter Beasecker, associate professor, recently joined the Syracuse
faculty. He received his MFA from the New York State College of
Ceramics at Alfred University and a BA from Miami University. He is
represented by Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen, Colorado, Santa Fe Clay
in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Lacoste Gallery in Concord, Massachusetts.
Right: Double vase, 18 in. (46 cm) in height, wheel-thrown porcelain,
glaze, fired to cone 10 in reduction, 2008.
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The main reason I chose to go to Syracuse
was because the program is three years. That extra year will give me
time to experiment with my work and absorb what I can from the faculty
and my peers.
Syracuse University offers a three-year program which
provides me an extra year to experiment and develop a conceptual and
material practice, network through a strong visiting artist program,
and because of the schools central location, interact with larger
cities, art institutions, and diverse art communities. After
graduation, I will center on returning to the West coast. There I will
continue to develop my ideas and studio practice, look for a teaching
job to provide a steady income, focus on opportunities to show, and
play an active role in the larger art community.
I took two years off between undergraduate and
graduate school. I spent that time working, attending workshops, and
participating in two different residency programs. When choosing a
graduate school, I was looking for a change from the small, mostly
commuter school where I received my undergraduate degree. I was
impressed by the strong program and facilities that Syracuse University
has to offer.
My career plans for post-graduate school life are
still up in the air, but working for non-profits has sparked my
interest in that direction.
I took almost four years off after undergraduate
school. I worked at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in
Gatlinburg, Tennessee for almost a year and I had a two year
apprenticeship in Floyd, Virginia before entering graduate school. I
chose Syracuse University because it has great facilities and an
awesome faculty. The school continues to hire high quality faculty,
showing a dedication to the program for the long term.
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