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Ceramics

Cleveland Institute of Art's Ceramics program builds on the age-old medium of ceramic art by teaching both the science and the art of its two major traditions: works of sculpture and works of utility. We expose students to the rich history and contemporary potential of ceramics as a vehicle for the expression of ideas.

You will study nearly every aspect of ceramic work including handbuilding, pottery wheel throwing, glaze making, glazing techniques, and loading and firing of gas and electric kilns. Explore ceramic materials in two- and three- dimensions through the use of mold work and multiples in sculpture, studio pottery, and ceramic design. Expand your creativity as you develop fabrication techniques including 3D printing, press molding, drain casting, solid casting, casting body formulation, slip preparation and use, glazing, and surfacing.

You will do all of this under the guidance of our talented faculty, whose commitment to the art form has earned them international recognition as leading contributors to the medium.

As part of our Craft + Design major, the Ceramics program offers an interactive open studio environment that encourages collaboration and communication between students, peers, and instructors. You are expected to share responsibilities for firing, glaze making, and studio upkeep. You also will participate in group reviews and learn of exhibition opportunities for your work.

Real-world experience for real-world careers
What may best set CIA apart from other colleges of art and design is its commitment to engaged practice. CIA’s Engaged Practice provides you opportunities to learn through experience by working on real-world projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation.

These opportunities allow you to put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while still being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.

What can I do with a degree in Ceramics?

  • Art Educator
  • Mold Maker

Facilities

Top-Notch Facilities

Our Ceramics studio offers floor-to-ceiling windows, large common workspaces, and glazing areas. You will have access to specialized spaces for clay making, glaze making and testing, and plaster working.

In addition to tools and equipment for traditional work in clay, students have access to a 3D ceramic printer which allows you to design digitally and output complex designs with liquid clay.

State-of-the-Art Kilns

In addition, our Ceramics studio is one of only a few ceramics departments in the country to own a digitally-controlled, Blaauw gas kiln. A unique kiln, it is fully computerized and capable of any firing cycle, oxidation, or reduction.

Our sizeable kiln room also contains three gas kilns, eight electric kilns and one raku kiln. Students may fire work ranging from six inches to five feet in height.

Fabrication Studios

CIA also houses the fabrication studios, a shared space, staffed and supervised by highly qualified technical specialists. Students from all courses of study are encouraged to use this space and do hands-on material studies. This communal environment gives students optimal means of making for their individual exploration and group projects.