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Marshall Maude
David Vertacnik


Among the resources available through the University of Kansas, the Department of Design has a 5,300 square foot ceramic studio and the west campus Chamney barn complex. Other amenities include:

  • 10 new Thomas Stuart electric wheels, 2 new Brents, 10 motorized kick wheels
  • Brent slab roller
  • Spray booth
  • Ball mill
  • Plaster room
  • A blunger
  • A slipomatic casting slip mixer
  • Fully stocked and equipped glaze area
  • Damp and dry boxes
  • Clay mixing room with two mixers (Soldner and a dough mixer)

The department has a great variety of kilns:

  • 60 cu. ft. salt, 40 cu. ft. soda
  • 450 cu. ft. anagama kiln
  • 60 cu. ft. anagama kiln
  • 72 cu. ft. Train kiln
  • 90 cu. ft. gas updraft car kiln
  • One Alpine downdraft gas kilns
  • Large computerized electric coffin kiln
  • Small electric test kiln
  • 2 new computerized electrics
  • Manual electric
  • Counter balanced raku kiln and an electric test kiln

BA (undergraduate)

BA degree check sheets:

For students who entered KU prior to Fall 2011
For students who entered KU Fall 2011 or later

BFA (undergraduate)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at the University of Kansas offers a multi-faceted learning experience.

The curriculum is structured to introduce students to a wide range of approaches to the ceramic medium and processes including: handbuilding, throwing, slip casting and mold making. Specialized surfaces, like earthenware low temperature majolica, decals, as well as stoneware and porcelain high temperature glazes and atmospheric firings, like gas reduction, salt, and wood are fundamental elements of the curriculum. Both contemporary and historical ceramic and art history is incorporated in studio classes as well as regular group and individual critiques. Advanced classes are not project based allowing students to focus their work and personal explorations while maintaining a vital interactive studio experience with fellow students and faculty with scheduled critiques, readings, discussions, visiting artists and slide lectures. Ceramics majors are also provided with courses in kilns and clay and glaze formulation. The program focuses on a combination of conceptual development, technical understanding and a sculptural and functional inclusive approach to clay.

Opportunities for graduating B.F.A. students would range from setting up individual studios, to teaching secondary education, to continuing education towards a Master of Fine Arts degree.

BFA degree check sheets:

For students who entered KU prior to Fall 2011
For students who entered KU Fall 2011 or later

MFA (graduate)

The M.F.A. program in ceramics at the University of Kansas is a three-year, 60 credit hour course of study emphasizing individual growth through independent work in an atmosphere of ongoing critical discussion. We provide our graduate students with rigorous studio and academic experiences. Weekly, graduates and faculty in all disciplines of Art and Design meet in graduate seminar to have critiques, discussions and presentations. Students frequently take independent studies with a number of Visual Art faculty, in addition to those in ceramics, offering a diverse and specialized learning experience. Each student receives their own studio space, separate, yet near, the main ceramic studio and can obtain teaching experience in ceramics and the foundation program, in addition to financial support, with a graduate teaching assistantship. Scholarships are also available to outstanding students.


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