The ceramics studio is well equipped to facilitate a wide range of clay practices. Throughout the course of study, students explore all aspects of the discipline by learning hand-building methods and working on the wheel to create vessel forms. Students also learn the variety of technical skills necessary to this medium. Projects cover mold-making techniques, surface treatments, manipulating the various clay bodies, glaze application, and firing oxidation and reduction kilns. Students also develop a critical understanding of issues in contemporary ceramic art and study the work of professional artists representing a variety of aesthetic approaches. Courses include demonstration sessions, group discussion and critiques, presentations and work periods for project development.
The ceramics area has close ties with clay artists working in the community. This has extended the learning environment from which students can enhance their university experience. Unique to this area are the visiting artists invited to offer weekend workshops and presentations introducing students to new techniques and ideas for their studio practice.
The studio can accommodate classes of 15 students in a large open space, filled with natural light. Students enjoy having open access to the room outside class sessions to further develop their skills.