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- Victoria Shaheen
- (MFA, ) Lecturer in Ceramics
- Research Interests:
What is this program?
Advocates a diversity of technical and aesthetic approaches within the context of contemporary ceramics. The program and course of instruction emphasizes craftsmanship, a strong work ethic, artistic research and critical thinking. Graduate students are directed toward a vibrant exploration of individualism, studio involvement and are encouraged to explore both historical and contemporary ideas in all media.
What will I study?
- To train students to express themselves in clay media with emphasis on three-dimensional forms.
- To be able to conceptualize ideas and emotions and translate these into finished objects.
- To approach clay media as traditional art form as well as a vehicle for contemporary artistic expression.
- To acquire skills necessary for the effective use of basic tools and techniques.
- To understand and manipulate clays, glazes, and firing techniques.
- To develop knowledge of the history of the clay medium and its importance in the history of art.
- To become familiar with the fundamentals of professional studio management and business approaches and issues.
- To be aware of essential skills and attitudes necessary for admission to graduate programs in clay ceramics, including portfolio and resume development techniques.
What makes this program unique?
- Main Studio – (1500 sq. ft.)
- Foundation and Introductory Courses
- 12 electric potters wheels
- Brent slab roller
- Bailey extruder
- Glaze Area – (250 sq. ft.)M
- Paache walk-in spray booth
- Alpine formulating tables
- Clay Mixing Area – (150 sq. ft.)
- Soldner Pro. Mixer
- Dough Mixer
- Kiln Room – (300 sq. ft.)
- 3 – 7 cu.ft. Evenheat kilns
- 1 – 14 cu.ft. Evenheat oval kiln
- 1 – 3 cu.ft. test kiln
- 1 – 24 cu.ft. Bailey front loading electric kiln
- Adjunct Studio – (1400 sq. ft.)
- Semi-private individual studios for ceramics majors and graduate students.
- Randall, Bailey and Soldner potters wheels.
- Various work tables and storage areas.
- Window Gallery
- Foundry Annex Studio – (1500 sq. ft.)
- Serving graduate students and undergraduate majors utilizing gas reduction and Raku firing processes.
- 3 potters wheels
- Various work tables
- Glazing area
- 50 cu.ft. Gas reduction kiln
- Several Raku kilns and pit firing area
What does the program prepare me for?
- Individual Artist
- Ceramic Studio Technician
- Glazing Specialist
- Ceramic Hobby Workshop Owner
- Production Manager
- Slip Caster
- Mold Maker
- Firing Manager