Through interaction with peers, faculty, visiting artists, and individual attention, ceramics students engage in the personal research of ideas and techniques that leads to personal artistic identity, expression, and style. The ceramics program at SIUC is diverse in style, multicultural in composition, and committed to equal gender representation. Students come from all 50 states and numerous countries: England, Serbia, Japan, Korea, Ghana, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, and the Netherlands. Functional pottery, sculpture, and mixed media works all add to the program’s diversity.
The Ceramics area is located in Pulliam Hall. Each graduate student receives a 200 sq. ft. private studio. There is a well-stocked, well ventilated community glaze room with a ball mill and spray booth. Students have access to several sand blasters, slab rollers, and extruders. There is a well ventilated clay-mixing room with a stoneware mixer, a porcelain mixer, and 2 pug mills (1 de-airing). Ceramics has an indoor kiln room equipped with 2 Bailey gas kilns; a 50 and 45 cubic foot, along with 16 cubic foot gas kiln and a 90-cubic-foot gas car kiln. There are four electric kilns, a 16, two 10 and one 4-cubic-foot kiln. All kiln sizes represent stackable space. In addition there is an outdoor kiln area adjacent to ceramics with a raku kiln, a 50 plus cubic foot wood fired kiln and 40 plus cubic foot soda kiln.
Students have 24-hour-a-day access to the studios. The Ceramics Visiting Artist Program provides opportunities to expand our aesthetic dialogue and is an integral part of graduate education. Recent visiting artists include Randy Johnston, Mark Pharis, Jeff Oestreich, Susan Obrien, Sandy Simon, Janet Koplos, Elaine Levin, David Furman, Richard Shaw, Jim Budde, John Gill, Joyce Jablonsky, Linda Leighton and Brad Schweiger.
Learn more about our undergraduate program here.
The work pictured in the Ceramics Graduate Gallery is only a small sampling of the outstanding work of our graduate students in Ceramics.
A minimum of 60 semester credit hours is required for the Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in art.
Primary Studio emphasis: 26 hours
Art History or related subjects: 12 hours
Thesis or terminal project work: 6 hours
Elective Study:16 hours, 9 of which hours must be in studio disciplines
The remaining hours may be elected from any area within the School of Art and Design or in the University at large.
The undergraduate major in Ceramics can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
Total Degree Requirements: 125 credits
University Core Curriculum: 32 credits
(3 covered by AD 100A or B, 6 by AD 207A, B, or C Introduction to Art History),
Art and Design Requirements: 93 credits
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