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The ceramics program is designed to help students find their own personal touch with the material of clay. Students have the opportunity to explore both wheel and handbuilding techniques. Introductory and intermediate courses are designed to develop technical and aesthetic skills. Advanced level courses are highly individualized and are designed to enable students to develop a cohesive body of work, explore advanced technical skills and focus on areas of personal identity within their work. Advanced students will participate in the mixing of clay and glazes along with firing the gas, electric and wood kilns. The ceramics program has a well-equipped and maintained studio. Individual workspaces are provided for the upper-level student.

The ceramic facilities in Studio Angelico were completely upgraded in 2006. Classroom upgrades include a state-of-the-art ventilation system. Equipment upgrades are numerous: Bailey downdraft gas kiln, single chamber wood kiln, outdoor soda kiln, computerized 27" Bailey electric kiln, kiln room exhaust system, Brent slab roller, Bluebird pug mill and slip casting equipment.

The ceramics program also offers a fifth-year special student/visiting artist residency program for ceramic students needing an extra year to prepare for graduate studies. Every year numerous visiting artist workshops are held in the ceramics program. Recent visiting artists include Walter McConell (Alfred University), Denise Pellitier (Connecticut College), Mikey Walsh (LSU), Matthew Towers (Hartford School of Art) and Andrew Brayman (Kansas City, Missouri).


  • Alpine updraft gas kiln
  • Bailey downdraft gas kiln
  • Evenheat 24" electric kilns
  • Bailey 27" electric kiln
  • raku kiln
  • outdoor soda kiln
  • single-chamber wood kiln


  • Brent electric potters wheels
  • Thomas Stuart kick-wheel


  • 1 Soldner clay mixer
  • 1 Bluebird vacuum pug mill
  • Power potter slip casting equipment
  • A full range of clays and raw materials


  • Fully stocked glaze lab
  • Ventilated spray booth


Ceramics Learning Outcomes


Degrees Offered
Learning Outcomes
European Study Program

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Tim Van Beke
Assistant Professor in Ceramics and Foundations

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