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If you have an interest in working with clay, a degree in Ceramics from Edinboro University is the choice for you. We are a program that fully embraces the unending possibilities in Ceramics, from functional vessels to clay sculpture, mixed media and beyond.

Our Ceramics program emphasizes a comprehensive study of contemporary and historical ceramics with the goal of relating this rich history to our ongoing work in class. At the core, our program is designed to help you develop your individual artistic vision.

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A Long History of Art Excellence.

At Edinboro, we pride ourselves on our 100-year history of instruction in the visual arts and art education.
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Join a Dynamic Community of Artists.

As a student, you'll thrive in the exciting, artistic environment of Edinboro University. Our Art Department has the widest array of studio offerings within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is a program of distinction at Edinboro.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

At Edinboro, we pride ourselves on our 100-year history of instruction in the visual arts and art education. In addition, our Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), which sets national standards for excellence in the field.

Imagine learning about Ceramics alongside a diverse student population studying in a variety of disciplines. You will learn about the variety of techniques available to a ceramic artist including hand-building and wheel-throwing, gas and electric kiln firing, glaze and clay body chemistry, mold making, general design principles, and recent technological possibilities. There will be an emphasis on both group and individual critiques.

There is also a large Master of Fine Arts program in Ceramics, which brings very talented ceramics students from across the nation into our studios. The faculty in this program are professional artists who continue to do research and exhibit their innovative ceramic artwork both regionally and nationally.

There is no portfolio review prior to admission. Just bring your passion for the arts and a desire to work hard in a multidisciplinary, highly supportive environment.

How Edinboro Supports You.

The Art Department at Edinboro is one of the largest in the nation and meets the same rigorous standards as the finest art programs in the nation.

In the Ceramics concentration, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Apply for internships with studio or industry potters who match your individual interests.
  • Attend regional and national ceramics conferences every year.
  • Participate in summer courses or residencies at renowned places such as Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee or Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
  • Learn from visiting artists sponsored by SGA and the Clay Club.
  • Utilize 23 different kilns of various sizes and types including soda firing and wood firing.

Your Future

Graduates of this program use their talents in a variety of ways, both in the arts and in industry. Careers in ceramics include:

  • Architectural restoration artist
  • Artist in cooperative studios or nonprofit teaching organizations
  • Ceramic artist in a gallery or museum
  • Kiln builder
  • Materials or equipment distributor for pottery supplies
  • Production artist
  • Studio artist making and selling your own work
  • Teacher
  • Tile or mold maker for residential or industrial applications
  • Writer for ceramics-related publications

Questions About This Program?

Charles Johnson
Concentration Head
111 East Hall
Email: cjohnson@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-2297

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