Ceramics

Ceramics Fundamentals

The ceramics program at the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art is based on the belief that one can “Judge the art of a country, judge the fineness of its sensibility, by its pottery; it is a sure touchstone.” -Sir Herbert Read, The Meaning of Art, 1931, pg 29

In keeping with this belief, the curriculum is structured to assure that students learn design and problem solving as well as the importance of ceramic objects of all kinds to those who view them or participate in using them.  The understanding of the historical and cultural meaning of ceramic materials and objects is fundamental to students staking a claim to making their own contributions to the field.  In support of the creation of individual work in ceramics we include lectures, demonstrations, hands on experiences and experimentation which allow students to develop the knowledge of processes and the skills necessary to production of their ceramic works.

Purpose

The purpose of the Ceramics program is to offer a comprehensive, forward-thinking undergraduate education in ceramics, preparing students for professional work as visual artists and practitioners in the field of ceramics and for graduate level study in ceramics and the visual arts. The program aims to offer students an education in a wide range of ceramic techniques —from historic to progressive—while continuing to provide high quality ceramics courses to support and broaden the educations of students in other areas of study within The Myers School of Art.

Goals

 Ceramics majors will learn to:

  • Design and mix clay bodies and slips from raw materials
  • Design and mix glazes from raw materials
  • create ceramic forms using a variety of processes including, wheel throwing, mold making, slab building, modeling and pinching
  • make tiles, pottery and sculpture
  • fire electric, natural gas, updraft, downdraft, raku and salt kilns
  • Discuss and evaluate ceramic forms according to historical, cultural and personal aesthetics
  • Work collaboratively in a communal space with a sense of social responsibility.
  • To transfer basic ceramic skills, concepts, and thought process into other fields of study and areas of personal investigation.
  • Develop a set of problem solving skills, methods of critical thinking, and idea development in ceramics and in their further art making practice.

Ceramics Faculty

Beth Lindenberger

Beth Lindenberger
Title: Special Lecturer
Department: Ceramics
Phone: 330.972.6030
Email: bel@uakron.edu


Donna Webb

Donna Webb
Title: Professor, Ceramics Area Coordinator
Department: Ceramics
Phone: 330.972.5967
Email: dwebb@uakron.edu


Advantages

Along with the Akron Advantage, students are presented with a broad range of facilities and opportunities while pursuing their BFA in Ceramics such as:

  • 24-hour studio access
  • Develop facility with hand-building skills using the slab roller, extruder and plaster tables
  • Create human scale forms
  • Learn to mix clay bodies, slips and glazes
  • Develop clay bodies, slips and glazes to personalize ceramic work
  • Learn to fire high fire reduction, oxidation, electric, raku and salt kilns
  • Work collaboratively in a communal space with a sense of social responsibility.
  • and more!

Sample Curriculum: