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Ceramics

Ceramics students investigate the medium of clay from functional and sculptural points of view. Projects use functional forms such as platters and cups to teach a wide variety of hand building and decorating techniques, sculptural projects expand on and combine these techniques for deeper exploration of the material and processes. The study of historic and contemporary art and craft provide stimuli for the development of the student’s personal artistic expression. Students use terra cotta, porcelain and stoneware clays and fire in various types of kilns including wood, salt, soda, gas, and electric.

Ceramics Facilities

After nearly fifty years in one campus location, Eastern Michigan University Ceramics has moved to a renovated facility next door to the Sculpture Building on the northwestern edge of campus. The new facility has more space, more rooms, more shelving, and more light. The move puts the Ceramics studio nearer to its outdoor kiln yard (behind the Sculpture building) which includes a newly built soda kiln, along with existing salt and wood kilns.

The studio includes a large room for hand building (with plenty of storage for student work), a throwing area with more than a dozen wheels, a large glaze room, a kiln room with electric kilns and a Geil gas kiln, a separate clay making area with mixers and supplies, a large room for graduate students, an office/library, and a photo set up.

Ceramics Courses

AD3D 301 Ceramics

n this course, students acquire a working knowledge of Ceramics. Techniques commonly used in Ceramics are explored through the creation of projects ranging from the utilitarian to sculptural. Topics and techniques may vary; these may include, but are not limited to, hand-building, throwing, tilemaking, glazing, and firing.


Prereq: AD 122

AD3D 305 Sculpture

In this course, students acquire a working knowledge of various sculpture techniques. Materials and processes commonly used in both traditional and contemporary art practices are explored through demonstrations, exercises, prototyping, and the creation of refined sculptural objects. Topics and techniques may vary; these may include, but are not limited to, additive/subtractive plaster techniques, mold-making, and casting; wood fabrication, metal fabrication, found objects, and foundry.


Prereq: AD 122

AD3D 320 Topics in 3D Media

Topics in 3D Media is a cross-disciplinary class designed for ALL 3D media students. The course will follow a general theme each semester and will be co-taught by faculty from different 3D disciplines creating a unique and exciting experience.


Prereq: AD 300W, (successful completion of the Foundations Portfolio Review), and (two of the following: AD3D 301, AD3D 302, AD3D 303, AD3D 304, AD3D 305)

AD 401 Advanced Porfolio I

An advanced course that focuses on students’ personal development of a body of work using contemporary art methods. Emphasizes the individual student’s development of a personal line of creative inquiry, which is supported by a sound conceptual foundation and is executed through appropriate technical means. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.



Prereq: AD2D 320, AD2D 321, AD3D 320, or ADPM 320

AD 402 Advanced Porfolio II

An advanced course that continues goals and accomplishments from Advanced Portfolio I. Students will further develop a body of work using contemporary art methods through self-directed projects. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.


Prereq: AD 401