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Ceramic Arts (M.A.)

Graduate
  • Master's

About this Program

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

Program Overview

Tuition & Fees

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

Related Graduate Programs

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 gofurther@hood.edu).
  • 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

Wheel

ARTS 505Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts

2.0

ARTS 512Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming

1.0

Sculpture

ARTS 502East Asian Wedged Coil Technique

1.0

ARTS 508Ceramic Sculpture

3.0

Skills and Aesthetics

ARTS 501Glaze Application

1.0

ARTS 504Ceramic Decoration

3.0

Science and Technical

ARTS 523Ceramic Materials

3.0

Firing

ARTS 525Electric Kilns

1.0

ARTS 530Kiln Technology & Firing Theory

2.0

Art History, Aesthetics and Criticism Courses - 6 Credits

ARTS 543History of Ceramic Arts

3.0

ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism

3.0

ART 568/ART 468Contemporary Topics in Visual Art

3.0

Capstone Courses - 4 Credits

ARTS 569Survival Skills for Visual Artists

1.0

ARTS 570Seminar in Personal Studio Research

3.0

Practicum and Written Exam

 Comprehensive Exam

 

Ceramic Art Electives - 9 Credits

Wheel

ARTS 506Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II

2.0

ARTS 507Plates and Platters

1.0

ARTS 509Throwing Large Forms

3.0

ARTS 517Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel

3.0

Handbuilding and Sculpture

ARTS 542Modeling the Figure

3.0

ARTS 545Large Scale and Composite Sculpture

3.0

Kiln Technology

ARTS 531Wood Firing Theory

2.0

ARTS 532Firing Large Scale Wood Kiln

2.0

ARTS 533Soda Firing Theory and Practice

2.0

ARTS 540Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice

3.0

Special Topics Courses

ARTS 520Photographing Ceramics

1.0

ARTS 547Creating with Porcelain

3.0

ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism

3.0

ARTS 574Advanced Studies in Ceramic Arts

3.0

ARTS 575Independent Study

1 - 3

ARTS 590Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts

1 - 4

ARTS 599Special Topics in Ceramic Arts

1 - 3

 

To register for any of the below workshops, enter our secure registration site.

 

ARTS 599 CN Creating Narrative - Instructor: Brian McNamara - Workshop Price $225

ARTS 502 East Asian Coil - Instructor: Ray Chen - Workshop Price $225

ARTS 599 PP Shigaraki Clay - Instructor: Jason Laney- Workshop Price $225

ARTS 599 JJ - Tea Bowl Carving - Instructor: Jason Laney- Workshop Price $450

ARTS 508 Ceramic Sculpture - Instructor: Jenny Reed- Workshop Price $675

ARTS 533 Soda Firing - Instructor: Jenna Gianni- Workshop Price $450

To register for any of the below workshops, enter our secure registration site.

 

ARTS 547 Creating with Porcelain - Instructor: Natalia Kormeluk- Workshop Price $675

ARTS 569 Survival Skills for the Artist - Instructor: Chaz Martinsen- Workshop Price $675

ARTS 542 Modeling the Figure - Instructor: Toby Mendez- Workshop Price $675

ARTS 517 Dynamic and Asymmetric Wheel - Instructor: Yoshi Fujii- Workshop Price $675

ARTS 520 Photographing Ceramics - Instructor: Tim Jacobsen- Workshop Price $450

ARTS 525 Electric Kilns - Instructor: Chaz Martinsen- Workshop Price $450

Program Contact

Chaz Martinsen

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3526
Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
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.

All Faculty
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