About the Program
The program in ceramics offers students a range of courses dealing with all aspects of the medium. Instruction is offered in all forming techniques, glaze calculations, kiln construction, and kiln-firings. Students are encouraged to experiment with the medium and to explore new processes. Emphasis is placed on the student’s development of individual concepts and technical mastery of clay. For information about applying, go here: http://art.ua.edu/about/prospective/ or call us for more information: (205) 348-5967.
About the Facilities
The department’s ceramics area is a large, fully equipped facility with a complete inventory of clay and glaze materials. Ceramics has interior work space of 7,000 square feet with graduate studio space available. The 900 square foot kiln facility is comprised of a 16 cubic foot Skutt front load electric kiln, five Skutt top load electric kilns (digital), a Skutt glass fusing coffin kiln (digital), a 40 cubic foot Alpine updraft gas kiln, a 9 cubic foot test updraft gas kiln, 40 cubic foot Geil downdraft gas kiln, and two raku kilns. We have a Soldner mixer, as well as three Bluebird de-air pug mills and a hammer mill and two tile saws. We have 8 kick and 12 electric potter’s wheels, a slab roller, a ball mill, and a blunger for mixing slip. The studio has an image room for the documentation of artwork, as well as a media center equipped with books, periodicals and a Mac computer.
In February 2016, the ceramics program at UA hosted visiting artist Bryan Czibesz for a two-day workshop where students and faculty worked with him to construct 3D printers from scratch. Listen to our faculty members, Matthew Mitros, Wade MacDonald, and Jamey Grimes, talk about the process. View larger on Vimeo.
Undergraduate Artwork (images coming soon)
Crimson Clay student organization
Resources for Ceramics and Sculpture: artaxis artists network
Recent Visiting Artists
- Mark Errol (spring 2017)
- Dennis Ritter (fall 2016)
- Chris Staley (fall 2016)
- Matt Ziemke (fall 2016)
- Bryan Czibesz
- Israel Davis
- Harrison Hickman