The Ceramics Program introduces students to the unique synthesis of form and surface that constitutes work in clay. Its goals are to provide basic knowledge of ceramic techniques and materials, to foster the development of a personal idiom, to promote the development of critical thinking skills, to encourage discussion of ceramics related ideas and issues, and to give students experience in working with studio equipment and materials in a safe and productive manner. Students are exposed to the techniques, forms and expressions of the major traditions of ceramics, those of vessel, sculpture, and architecture.
In the undergraduate curriculum, materials-related skills and knowledge are taught at the introductory level. Advanced courses concentrate on problem solving, idea development, and critical thinking, leading students to a personal approach to expression grounded in an understanding of ceramics history and tradition.
The program has also developed summer international programs, sponsoring visiting artists from China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.