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Ceramics Concentration

The Ceramics program supports a broad range of inquiry from ceramic design, to mixed media sculpture, to emerging practices that challenge classification. This expansive conversation allows for hybrid creative work that can push the expressive boundaries of clay. Students in the Ceramics concentration work through a flexible framework of curriculum that emphasizes self-directed creative development within the context of a communal studio environment.

Our well-equipped 7600 sq. ft. studio spaces house new technologies in ceramics as well as traditional and industrial equipment. A strong visiting artist program and internationally active faculty keep our students engaged in a contemporary global conversation about ceramic art and design.

Undergraduate Studies

The curriculum in the K-State Ceramic concentration fosters a conceptually challenging and technically rewarding learning environment. Our studio classes help students develop problem-solving abilities in the areas of theory, material, and production by exposing them to a spectrum of possibilities within the ceramics field. Recent graduates have been accepted into nationally competitive MFA programs or gone on to successful creative careers as studio artists and designers.

Post Baccalaureate Program

K-State Ceramics offers a Non-Certificate post-baccalaureate program. It is an opportunity for artists who hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in developing their practice while participating in an active academic ceramics studio. Post-baccalaureate studies are often for those transitioning out of, or back into, school but may also act as support for visiting or international artists. Interests in pursuing a large individual project or building a portfolio for graduate school, residencies or grant applications, in which an academic studio environment is needed, will also be considered for the position. Post Baccalaureates at K-state play a key role in the studio ecosphere contributing to its day to day function and work flow. Their frenetic yet reflective studio practices serve as peer-like examples for other students. Post Baccalaureate are expected to maintain a high degree of professionalism and community engagement.

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Privileges
  • Post Baccalaureates receive a semi-private studio space
  • Nearly all firings and in stock studio materials included
  • One on one mentorship and critical feedback from faculty, Artist in Residence, and students
  • Attend advanced undergraduate ceramics seminar and participation in group critiques
  • Audit special topics courses in contemporary clay, postmodern pots, ceramic design, or sculpture
  • Access to departmental wood shop, 2D/3D print lab, studio photography room
  • Opportunities to assist faculty in teaching may also be available
Responsibilities
  • Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree. A BFA is not required
  • Upon invitation from the Ceramics Area, post baccalaureates must apply and be approved for admission to Kansas State University, this is a $35 non-refundable fee
  • Enroll in 1 credit of ART 430- Independent Studies Ceramics. Tuition and fees are approximately $1060 per semester for out-of-state students
  • Maintain an active efficacious studio practice
  • Contribute 10hrs a week of service to the ceramics area
Application Process

Application Deadline: April 15th
All applications must be submitted by email to ngeankoplis@ksu.edu and include the following materials:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume
  • Artist Statement
  • List of 2 references with phone numbers and email addresses
  • PDF portfolio of 10 images of recent work with image descriptions. Include title, date, medium, and dimensions for each image (under 20MB). For video, audio or web based content embed links in the PDF file.

Graduate Studies

K-State offers a three-year course of study towards the Master of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Ceramics. MFA candidates are granted a large private or semi-private studio and access to our fully equipped facilities. A final, solo MFA exhibition culminates the program, providing the opportunity to present a strong and cohesive body of personal work.

Qualified students may be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) which provide financial support as well as valuable experience for future employment.

Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence position is an integral part of the ceramics program at K-State. Annually or semiannually it hosts an emerging artist working in new, exciting or thoughtful facets of the ceramic field.

Through artistic research, undergraduate instruction and mentorship, they contribute to a contemporary discourse on the intersections of ceramic art, craft, and design further enriching the learning environment. Successful candidates are committed to an active studio practice and collaborative communal engagement. Candidates with broad and thorough knowledge of ceramics processes, with experience in studio management and innovative pedagogy, will be given additional consideration. In exchange for teaching two classes a semester and ten hours of departmental contribution a week, Artists in Residence are compensated with a private studio space, all firings and in stock studio materials, a solo exhibition of their research and a salary commensurate with experience and education.

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Residency Information

Duration

Residency Term: August 15 – July 1

Resident Artists are granted approximately a yearlong residency, and are encouraged to apply for a second year.

Compensation
  • Private studio in K-State ceramics area
  • Solo exhibition
  • All firings and in stock studio materials
  • Salary commensurate with experience and education
Responsibilities
  • 10 hrs per week of departmental service
  • Participation in graduate and post baccalaureate critiques
  • Occasional demonstrations for undergraduate ceramic courses
  • Teaching two ceramics classes per semester
  • Requirements
  • Must have a Master of Fine Arts degree
Application Process

Application Deadline: April 15th
All applications must be submitted by email to ngeankoplis@ksu.edu and include the following materials:

  • Current resume
  • Artist Statement
  • List of 2 references with phone numbers and email addresses
  • PDF portfolio of 15-20 images of recent work to include title, date, medium, and dimensions for each image (PDF file under 20MB). For video, audio or web based content embed links in the PDF file.

Facilities & Equipment

In addition to a satellite 2000 sq. ft. covered, open air kiln facility, the K-State ceramics department has extensive electric, gas and atmospheric kilns on site. Safety equipment is provided along with tools like digital pyrometers and oxygen sensors for students to empirically quantify results when researching fire processes.

Electric kilns
  • 1 – 18.5 cu.ft. Skutt 1627
  • 1 – 10 cu. ft. Skutt 1227
  • 7 – 7 cu. ft. Skutt 1027
  • 3 – 2.5 cu. ft. Skutt 818
  • 2– .8 cu. ft. Skutt 614
  • 2 – .6 cu. ft. Skutt 609 1 cu ft. test
Gas and Atmospheric Kiln
  • 40 cu. ft. Down Draft Car
  • 16 cu. ft. Down Draft
  • 16 cu. ft. Up Draft
  • 14 cu. ft. Cross Draft Soda
  • 4 cu. ft. Experimental kiln
  • 40 cu. ft. Wood Fired Train
  • 2000 sq. ft. Wood and Raku kiln facility.

The clay and glaze lab boasts over 17 tons of material storage that house traditional and boutique materials from domestic and international distributors. Dozens of mason stains for students to experiment with industrially engineered colors in their clays and glazes are kept in-stock. The lab also features:

  • 250 lb batch capacity Peter Puger mixer with the complete extrusion kit including hollow dies
  • 300 lb batch capacity Soldner mixer
  • 150 lb batch capacity Soldner mixer
  • Sand blasting cabinet
  • Industrial Glaze Blunger
  • Fixed and Mobile Compressor
  • Ball Mill

Casting, prototyping and mold making are in important facet of the educational experience at K-State. The plaster room for model and mold making is over 400 square feet. In the separate casting room, there are three casting tables and an extensive mold library with 100's of continually cycling commercial and industrial molds for experimental casting and object creation. Other resources include:

  • 2 Imported Vertical Plater Lathes
  • Plaster Mixer
  • 72 cu. ft. Industrial Heated Drying Cabinet
  • 2-33 gal. Slip Tanks with Blungers
  • 20 gal. Slip Tank with Blunger
  • 20 gal. Slip pump
  • Mobile Slip Blunger

In addition to the 2400 sq. ft. of private and semi- private studio spaces, students have extensive access to communal and general-purpose labs to work on assignments, projects and personal research. Nearly 20 different underglazes for students to experiment with traditional and contemporary techniques such as sgraffito, inlay, stencils and ceramic screen printing are stocked. A selection of china paints and brushing mediums for intermediate and advanced students interested in over glaze surface expression are available. The 300 sq. ft. Ikeda Gallery acts as a white space for installations, reviews, critiques, or to photograph work. Students can reserve this space on a day to day basis. For large sculptural or vessel work specialty pallets and lift systems which move work fluidly from creative space to kiln and out again are available. In addition, the K-State program has:

  • 18 Electric Wheels
  • 2 Extruders with hollow extrusion kits
  • Brent SR-20 Slab Roller
  • DLSR Camera and Tri-pod
  • 2 Projectors for installations
  • Delta 3D Clay Paste Printer
  • Foam Cutter
  • Thermofax for creating silk screens

Faculty

Glen Brown
Professor & Ceramics Critic
gbrown@ksu.edu
Willard 307
Nicholas Geankoplis
Assistant Professor & Area Coordinator
ngeankoplis@ksu.edu
Willard 030/029
 

Resident Artist

Flor Widmar
florw@ksu.edu
Willard 032/029
 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jessica Levey
levey@ksu.edu
Willard 031