The ceramics concentration fosters personal exploration, diversity, technical proficiency and professional presentation. Students work within a directed format that provides a strong foundation and the flexibility to grow as artists. Students in this program develop a broad base of technique and process knowledge that emphasize experimentation and conceptual subtlety. The program encourages interdisciplinary exploration of the field of ceramic art with both an understanding of its vast history as well as an exploration of it as an innovative and challenging medium within contemporary art making.
Students of diverse age, ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds are enrolled in the Georgia State ceramics concentration. They come from all parts of the country, bringing with them a vast variety of ideas and exciting cultural and ethnic influences.
No portfolio is required for entrance into the School of Art and Design undergraduate program. Upon acceptance into the ceramics concentration, students begin their studies by working in various types of clay and employing different kinds of construction techniques or wheel throwing methods. As students advance they gain expertise in working with numerous types of clay, including stoneware, earthenware, porcelain, etc. utilizing firing methods that include a range from high fire to low fire, reduction, oxidation, raku, primitive firings, and experimental firings.
The curriculum helps student develop a personal style and direction, which can be applied towards advanced individual studies. We encourage students to take directed study courses, run as seminars, where they can focus on the content of their work and the development of their conceptual standpoints.
We encourage students to attend workshops/lectures and related activities throughout the metro-Atlanta area as well as regional and national professional ceramic conferences.