Wayne State University


Curriculum guide

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Jessika Edgar
(MFA, Cranbrook) Lecturer in Ceramics

Program description

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?

  • Instructor
  • Potter
  • Individual Artist
  • Ceramic Studio Technician
  • Glazing Specialist
  • Tiles
  • Ceramic Hobby Workshop Owner
  • Production Manager
  • Slip Caster
  • Mold Maker
  • Firing Manager