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.
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.