Clay, glaze and fire are the mediums of ceramics, one of the world's oldest art forms, which continues to have a vital and expressive place in contemporary art. Students in the beginning ceramics course develop basic skills in handbuilding, throwing forms on the wheel, glazing and are introduced to different firing strategies, including raku and high-fire reduction. The integration of basic skills with principles of design and creative processes is emphasized in all courses.
Students who advance in the series build upon these skills, are introduced to glaze mixing and firing procedures, and focus on developing individual creativity in their work. Students who complete the series will have the skills and understanding to pursue their own artistic development. Ceramics courses may also be taken to fulfill the 3D concentration of the Associate of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and may be part of a pathway to a BFA degree at a four year college.