Why Our Program?
- You are encouraged to explore pottery, sculpture, tile mosaics, and other possibilities before choosing the specialty that's right for you.
- Our faculty members are all practicing artists whose work is exhibited internationally and included in prestigious collections and public art installations.
- Our student-run Shaped Clay Society will allow you to engage with other ceramics students and participate in activities that benefit the program and the local community.
- You will work in our recently renovated and upgraded facilities.
- You can visit the Everson Museum of Art's impressive and comprehensive holdings of American ceramic art.
- You can take advantage of global study opportunities and engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting artists who come to the School of Art each year. The program co-sponsors an annual ceramic arts lecture with the Everson Museum.
- When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at SU:VPA and beyond.
The 12,500-square-foot ceramics facility is housed in the Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is also home to the School of Art's programs in art education, jewelry and metalsmithing, printmaking, and sculpture. Our extensive ceramics facilities were recently renovated and upgraded. They include:
Dedicated Spaces/Studio Configurations
- B.F.A. majors studio
- Private graduate studios (200 sq. ft., wireless)
- Materials room (forklift, loading dock accessible)
- Critique gallery
- Claymaking room (Soldner, 500 lb. dough mixer, two Bluebird mixers, three Bailey pugmills)
- Mold/plaster room
- Dry glaze lab (HVAC system)
- Wet glaze lab (walk-in spray booth)
- Resource room (computers, monitors, periodicals, etc.)
- Throwing studio/classroom (20 wheels)
- Sculpture studio/classroom (two slabrollers, extruder)
- Full-color decal printer
- Covington diamond bit grinder
Outdoor and Indoor Kiln Facilities
- Geil gas kiln (50 cu. ft.)
- Blaauw gas kiln (50 cu. ft.)
- Bailey gas kiln (100 cu. ft.)
- Six electric kilns
- Two glass kilns
- Anagama kiln
- Train kiln
- Salt kiln
- Soda kiln
- Three raku kilns
- Gas kiln (25 cu. ft.)
Throughout the year the ceramics program and the School of Art welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these artists, designers, and educators, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth.
Artists who have visited the ceramics program include Richard Aerni, Christa Assad, Marek Cecula, Chandra DeBuse, Thaddeus Erdahl, Tommy Frank, Julia Galloway, Andrea Gill, Giselle Hicks '01, Wayne Higby, Ayumi Horie, Roxanne Jackson, Doug Jeck, John Jessiman, Simon Levin, Matt Long, Allegheny Meadows, Malcolm Mobutu-Smith, Steve Montgomery, Kristen Morgin, Suzanne Ramljak, Jeanne Quinn, Bobby Silverman, Chris Staley, Beth Cavener Stichter, Jack Troy, and Kukuli Velarde.
Shaped Clay Society
The Shaped Clay Society is a student-run organization of ceramics undergraduate and graduate students. Through various fund-raising activities—including a popular mug sale on campus—the group is able to increase educational opportunities, such as bringing visiting artists to campus, or support a local organization, such as Empty Bowls benefits for the Interreligious Food Consortium of Central New York.