Whether students are throwing pieces on the wheel or working with their hands, they will have the opportunity to explore the properties of clay at all levels. The Ceramics program is designed to develop a student’s skill in molding clay, with an emphasis on hand-building and wheel-throwing in a well equipped studio. Opportunities to learn about clay are supported in the Academic, Work Crew, and Interim programs.
The academic curriculum serves as a comprehensive introduction to the ceramics process and technique. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to learn the language of clay (form and surface) and explore its potential as an expressive medium. Experimentation with the embellishment of a clay surface will extend knowledge of line, texture, pattern, and variation. Students also examine the historical and cultural role of clay to broaden their perspective of ceramic arts as an expressive medium. Students are encouraged to discover their original voice with the material and explore the functional and sculptural qualities of clay.
These Service Crew and Interim programs combine service and educational components. Students learn and carry out tasks associated with a production pottery studio, developing methods and techniques to produce unique hand-made tableware for the Bar Fork dining hall and for fundraising events.
Students who are committed to advancing their knowledge and ability with clay form have the opportunity to enroll in any of the Academic, Service Crew, and Interim programs either concurrently or consecutively, including an optional second-year academic course (Ceramics II). Students wishing to extend their study and exploration of ceramics beyond graduation are advised to pursue continued education and training in fine arts programs in the U.S. and abroad. There are also apprenticeship opportunities with potters around the world.