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Department of Art

Ceramics

Ceramics Area Overview

This 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. Program participants work through a flexible framework of curriculum that emphasizes self-directed workflow and communal studio engagement.


Our well-equipped 7600 sq. ft. studio houses 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.

Student Club - KSU Potter's Guild

Ceramics Graduation Requirements:

 

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Program Assets

The K-State Art Department provides access to 2 and 3D print labs with large format photo printers and scanners, ceramic decal printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter and rapid form fabrication that includes multiple  ABS and UV3D printers. The print lab also houses a large 4’x 8’ foot CNC router and 3D digital scanner. In addition, the art department provides access to a dedicated photo room for documentation and studio photography with professional equipment. Students interested in construction methods with wood have access to the well-equipped departmental wood shop. 

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 Kilns, one each

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.

 

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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

 

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Faculty

Glen R. Brown
Professor
gbrown@k-state.edu
Office: Willard 307
 
Trevor Bennett
Visiting Assistant Professor
tmbennettart@k-state.edu
Office: Willard 030
 
 Amy Santoferraro
Assistant Professor
Area Coordinator
amysanto@k-state.edu
Office: Willard 029