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College of Arts & Sciences


Program of Study

Our undergraduate program in ceramics offers comprehensive course of study in wheel throwing, hand building, mold making, material science, professional practices, and a wide range of kiln firing temperatures and technologies. Special topics courses offer intensive focus on processes like: kiln building, figurative ceramics, and ceramic surface design. Once accepted in to the program, B.F.A. students matriculate through a series of advanced courses that introduce the sophisticated technical, critical, and research skills necessary for the creation of an individual body of work.

Our M.F.A. program is a three-year course of study. Graduate students at ETSU come to the program with a mature body of work, material curiosity, and aspirations to strengthen their studio practice through intensive study. Formal and informal interaction with area and department faculty is a critical part of the education; studio visits and critiques with visiting artists are an exciting addition to the ongoing studio dialogue. Each graduate student is provided with an individual workspace within a shared graduate studio. Scholarships and Assistantships are available and opportunities exist for qualified students to teach courses within the department.

In both Undergraduate and Graduate programs, elective courses taken in art history and other studio disciplines deepen the foundation of knowledge students acquire and encourage the integration of cross-disciplinary study. With faculty approval, students have access to facilities in other media, including Extended Media Studies that houses a ceramic 3D printer.

BFA Area of Emphasis - Ceramics
BFA Studio Art

 kiln yard

Facilities and Equipment

The Ceramics Area shares the Art Annex building with the Sculpture Area. The ceramics facility is equipped with two large, high-ceiling, open-format work spaces, a glaze lab, clay mixing room, graduate studio, ceramic library/lounge, and an extensive kiln pad. The glaze lab is set up for high and low fire glazing and is fully stocked with dry materials and shop glazes. Just outside the Art Annex there is a thriving pollinator garden. All ceramics students have 24 hour access to the facility.

The classroom is equipped with:
o Brent Slab Roller (36′′)
o North Star and Brent Extruders
o 16 pottery wheels
o two large wedging tables
o three 4’ x 8’ hand building tables
o Communal tool wall
o scales o individual shelving
o shimpo banding wheels
o Rollers, dowels, molds
o Taborets for larger work
The glaze-mixing room is equipped with:
o spray booth o spray guns
o ball mill
o triple beam and digital scales
o ventilated mixing area
o Steel Glaze Tables The clay mixing room is equipped with:
Bulk dry materials Peter Pugger Pugmill/Mixer (250 pound capacity) ventilated mixing area air compressor
The kiln pad is equipped with:
6 computer controlled electric kilns:
1 - test kiln 1 - 4.6 cubic foot round 2 - 7 cubic foot round 1 - 10.2 cubic foot round 1 - 16.5 cubic foot oval
Gas Car Kiln Gas Soda Kiln Catenary Arch Wood/Salt kiln Manabigama Wood Kiln Raku Kiln Pit fire kiln
Other Equipment Available:
o HP Inkjet Printer
o Sandblasters
o Plaster Casting Area
o 3-D Printers

Visiting Artists & Student Activities

The Student Ceramics Association (SCA) is an active student club managed by undergraduate and graduate students in ceramics. Every year the club organizes a number of events including: a gallery exhibition in Johnson City, an empty bowls fundraiser, ceramics sales, outreach events, and visiting artist demonstrations. Ceramics sales happen once a semester and help to fund student activities like the visiting artists, trips to NCECA, and purchasing of specialized equipment for student use.

Past Visiting Artists in Ceramics: Liz Zlot Summerfield, Michael Kline, Jason Burnett, Chuck Hindes, Sammie Nicely, Virginia Scotchie, Nick Joerling, Kelly Theil and Donna Richard Hensley, Josh Copus Polsen, and more.


Lindsay Rogers

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