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Ceramics

Cleveland Institute of Art's Ceramics program builds on the age-old medium of ceramic art by teaching both the science and the art of its two major traditions: works of sculpture and works of utility. We expose students to the rich history and contemporary potential of ceramics as a vehicle for the expression of ideas. As a Ceramics major, you will study nearly every aspect of ceramic work. Coursework includes handbuilding, pottery wheel throwing, glaze making, glazing techniques, and loading and firing gas and electric kilns. Explore ceramic materials in two and three dimensions through the use of mold work and multiples in sculpture, studio pottery, and ceramic design. Expand your creativity as you develop fabrication techniques including press molding, drain casting, solid casting, casting body formulation, slip preparation and use, glazing, and surfacing.

As part of our material culture and craft environment, the Ceramics department offers an interactive open studio environment that encourages collaboration and communication between students, peers, and instructors. You are expected to share responsibilities for firing, glaze making, and studio upkeep. You also will participate in group reviews and learn of exhibition opportunities for your work.

What can I do with a degree in Ceramics?

  • Production Manager
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Conservator
  • Studio Artist
  • Mold Maker

Facilities

Top-Notch Facilities

As a Ceramics major at the premier art and design college in Cleveland, Ohio, you will work in an individual studio space replete with sky lights, floor-to-ceiling windows, large common workspaces, and glazing areas. You will have access to specialized spaces for clay making, glaze making and testing, and plaster working.

State-of-the-Art Kiln

In addition, our Department of Ceramics is one of only a few ceramics departments in the country to own a digitally-controlled, Blaauw gas kiln. A unique kiln, it is fully computerized and capable of any firing cycle, oxidation, or reduction. Our sizeable kiln room also contains three gas kilns, eight electric kilns and one raku kiln. Students may fire work ranging from six inches to five feet in height.

Fabrication Studios

CIA also houses the fabrication studios, a shared space, staffed and supervised by highly qualified technical specialists. Students from all courses of study are encouraged to use this space and do hands-on research with tools and materials. This communal environment gives students optimal means of making for their individual exploration and group projects.

A premier college of art and design.
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106 USA
800.223.4700

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