Explore the technical and conceptual sides of both functional and sculptural ceramics, while being guided in your search for personal expression. A community atmosphere lets you experience all angles of the creative process, with instruction focusing on technical expertise, craftsmanship, aesthetic ideals, criticism, and historical background.
Students with a concentration in ceramics may enter into such fields as education, ceramic engineering, materials engineering, and curation.
The Simon’s Rock program in ceramics emphasizes a community atmosphere where students are exposed to all angles of the creative process. The program explores the technical and conceptual sides of both functional and sculptural ceramics, while guiding students’ search for personal expression through the medium. Instruction focuses on technical expertise, sound craftsmanship, aesthetic ideals, criticism, as well as historical background. Students in the Ceramics concentration must complete—in addition to the foundation courses—two required ceramics courses at the intermediate level, two in related studio arts disciplines, and two advanced ceramics courses (usually the advanced studio courses) for a minimum of 20 credits beyond the core foundation. One of the 200-level studio arts courses or one of the 400-level courses will need to be Interdisciplinary Critique class. Students in the concentration interested in pursuing individual interests in depth may also elect tutorials and independent projects.