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Ceramic Arts (M.A.) | CLOSED

  • Master's

About this Program

*Program closed. The College is not accepting applications at this time.

Program Overview

Through lectures and critiques, students explore the history of ceramics and the issues and ideas that underpin contemporary work. 

Academic training, practical application 

Coursework provides firm grounding in the science of glazes, clay body development and firing theory. Through practical application of this understanding, students take their work to the exhibition level. Additionally, they acquire meaningful insights regarding the teaching of ceramic arts, as well as managing a successful career as an artist.

Learn from renowned ceramic artists

Faculty members are accomplished ceramic artists and well-known specialists in areas such as East Asian coil techniques, structural strength, wheel techniques, large-scale stoneware and porcelain, ceramic engineering, wood firing, exhibition development and public art. Special course topics taught by renowned guest artists add another dimension of creative expression and research. Outstanding facilities include a kiln pavilion that has five atmospheric kilns: exploratory research, production soda, large-scale sculpture, hybrid gas/soda/wood, and Sanderson ECO wood train.Through study and studio work, and hands-on experience with these kilns, students produce a comprehensive body of work.

Flexible schedule 

A variety of class formats accommodates working adults and long-distance commuters. We offer evening and  weekend schedules, as well as four-day, one-week and two-week intensive courses. Students can complete the program in two calendar years with full-time study or longer when attending part-time. Course credits may be applied toward Hood’s MFA in Ceramic Arts.

Workshops and events

The Hood College Graduate School also offers workshops, studio courses and events designed to allow ceramic artists, both experienced and aspiring, to gain specialized knowledge in the field.

Degrees Offered

  • MA

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Candidates for the M.A. program must have obtained a prior baccalaureate degree as a studio arts major, art education major or equivalent training in ceramic arts. Students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than ceramics who provide evidence of life experience, skill and drive in the arts may be accepted at the discretion of the program director.

To be considered for admission to the M.A. program, students must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A completed application to the Hood College Graduate School.
  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended (official transcripts required upon acceptance prior to enrollment).
  • An essay (500 words or less) discussing previous experience with ceramics/craft medias, current work and professional goals in relation to the M.A.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with recent work (letters can be emailed to
  • A portfolio of high quality 300 DPI images in PDF format to include:
    • 15 images of current work.
    • A corresponding image list stating title of work, medium, size and dates of completion.
    • An artist statement about the portfolio work addressing concept, objectives and processes.
    • Resume.

Before acceptance, the Director of the program will conduct an interview with the candidate. This can take place at NCECA or online.

Core Courses - 17 Credits


ARTS 505Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts


ARTS 512Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming



ARTS 502East Asian Wedged Coil Technique


ARTS 508Ceramic Sculpture


Skills and Aesthetics

ARTS 501Glaze Application


ARTS 504Ceramic Decoration


Science and Technical

ARTS 523Ceramic Materials



ARTS 525Electric Kilns


ARTS 530Kiln Technology & Firing Theory


Art History, Aesthetics and Criticism Courses - 6 Credits

ARTS 543History of Ceramic Arts


ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism


ART 568/ART 468Contemporary Topics in Visual Art


Capstone Courses - 4 Credits

ARTS 569Survival Skills for Visual Artists


ARTS 570Seminar in Personal Studio Research


Practicum and Written Exam

 Comprehensive Exam


Ceramic Art Electives - 9 Credits


ARTS 506Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II


ARTS 507Plates and Platters


ARTS 509Throwing Large Forms


ARTS 517Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel


Handbuilding and Sculpture

ARTS 542Modeling the Figure


ARTS 545Large Scale and Composite Sculpture


Kiln Technology

ARTS 531Wood Firing Theory


ARTS 532Firing Large Scale Wood Kiln


ARTS 533Soda Firing Theory and Practice


ARTS 540Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice


Special Topics Courses

ARTS 520Photographing Ceramics


ARTS 547Creating with Porcelain


ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism


ARTS 574Advanced Studies in Ceramic Arts


ARTS 575Independent Study

1 - 3

ARTS 590Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts

1 - 4

ARTS 599Special Topics in Ceramic Arts

1 - 3


Workshops are held during the Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms. Please review our current workshops and register using our secure registration site.

Program Contact

Chaz Martinsen

Program Director

Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Office: 301-696-3601 Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

Our advisory board...

provides support and assistance in the development of new programs, serves as ambassadors for our program and identifies best practice standards.

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Lillian Ding, MFA

Graduate Alumna Focus | Lillian Ding

Lillian Ding, MFA Alumni Graduate School Graduate Student

Lillian Ding graduated from Hood College with an MFA in Ceramic Arts in September 2020. She received First Prize in 2018 and the President’s Choice Award in 2019 at Hood’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony.

  • Academics
  • Alumni Relations
Faith Ku

Graduate Student Spotlight | Faith Ku

Faith Ku, Ceramic Arts MFA Graduate School Graduate Student

"Hood College’s ceramics program is so unique as it offers a robust spectrum of classes that teach graduate students everything from the most basic to the more advanced aspects of ceramics."

  • Academics