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Our world-renowned ceramics faculty ensures students learn a range of techniques and concepts that enable them to develop their own style and specialty, while guest artists from many countries, including Australia, China, Thailand and Turkey, further enhance the learning experience.
Students earning their degree in ceramics at the School of Art learn a range of techniques and concepts that enable them to develop their own style and specialty from world-renowned ceramics faculty. The students are presented with a solid foundation of technical and intellectual skills, preparing them for a career in the ceramic arts. All approaches are welcome when working with ceramic materials and processes, encouraging students to develop a strong personal direction with the work.
Ceramics facilities in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art include two large classrooms, a glaze lab and technology room, and a large patio for kilns and clay mixing. The ceramics program features a complete and varied line of kilns; most recently including a Blaauw kiln, plus electric wheels, extruders, a RAM press, two laser decal printers and other equipment. A separate, recently renovated facility houses studios for ceramics graduate students.
The ceramics department in the School of Art has been involved with and provided services to the local community through a variety of events and activities. There is a large interest in ceramics within the Phoenix metropolitan area, and the program maintains and nurtures its strong relationship with the community.
Students have access to the internationally recognized ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, a teaching and research component of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. It houses the museum’s collection of more than 3,000 ceramics objects – most in open storage. It also contains the Susan Harnly Peterson Archive and provides unparalleled opportunities to study and research ceramics.
The program works together with the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and the ASU Clay Club to promote lectures, exhibitions, workshops and fundraising events that are open to the community. Faculty and students also work with the Tempe Community Council in coordinating the Empty Bowls events, exhibit artwork in local galleries and work with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Each year, the ASU ceramic graduate students participate in the Annual Ceramics Studio Tour.