School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Terry McKelvey
The MFA in Ceramics program at Edinboro University promotes artistic excellence as graduate students further develop an individual direction, whether in ceramic sculpture or functional pottery. Students develop advanced handbuilding, moldmaking, wheelthrowing, kiln firing procedures, glaze and claybody chemistry. Graduate students may enroll in specialty courses in kiln building and/or glaze calculation.
Our 6,000-square-foot ceramics facility offers virtually all methods of firing using approximately 20 kilns of various sizes and types.
Visiting artists routinely lecture on our campus each semester. These lectures and demonstrations add variety and depth to our already comprehensive course offerings. These professionals are invited by our students through the activities of the Clay Club. Additionally, students participate in field trips and attend a national ceramics conference each year. Each year interested students and the University organize field trips to the nearby cultural centers of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, as well as Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. In addition, graduate students have access to funding for travel to view art work, install shows and participate in conferences through the Graduate Professional Development program.
On campus, the student-run Bates Gallery exhibits thirty solo and group shows of student work each academic year. Every spring, an outside juror selects works and monetary prizes for the Bruce Gallery’s Annual Student show.
Graduate students also are encouraged to actively participate in the local art community to build both their knowledge base and their portfolios. Edinboro students enjoy numerous regional venues for exhibiting their work, including the Annual Erie Art Museum show, the Meadville Council on the Arts, summer public art events and galleries in Meadville and Erie. Some students exhibit their work in group shows in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland, as each city is about 100 miles from Edinboro. The Spectator, the student newspaper and the Erie Times News are receptive to publishing well-written student reviews of exhibitions.
Find full application and admission details on the Master of Fine Arts page.
Admission to the MFA program guarantees a graduate assistantship .
For full details, see the Masters of Fine Arts page.
A practicing artist with several juried exhibits under her belt, Sara Morales-Morgan (’16) is a resident artist at Baltimore Clay Works in Maryland following her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Edinboro University. In 2017, her exhibitions have been included in juried shows such as the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics in Zanesville, Ohio and the Small Favors juried exhibition in Philadelphia. She has also shown her work by invitation at the Atrium Gallery in Paso Robles, Calif., the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Mont., the Belger Studios in Kansas City, Mo., and the Ceramics Sculpture Center in Algoma, Wis.
Finding herself traveling across the country for artistic exhibitions, Edinboro University graduate Didem Mert (’17), who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics, finds her home base as a studio artist in Cincinnati. In 2017 alone, she has exhibited solo and duo shows at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Apex, N.C. and the In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville, N.C. She presented 16 invitational exhibitions, including shows at the Society of Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, Carbondale Clay in Carbondale, Colo., Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, N.M., Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts in Houston, Gandee Gallery in Fabius, N.Y., and the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Fla.