Department of Art

Department of Art + Design,
Art History, Art Education

BS/BA or BFA of Art + Design

Ceramics Concentration

ceramics studio

The goal of the ceramics program is to teach students the foundations of technical skill and aesthetic considerations, through a broad range of classes. Students are encouraged to pursue functional and sculptural directions which will lead them to opportunities as ceramic artists, functional potters, sculptors, and teachers. Each course in the curriculum helps build the skills and knowledge needed for students to create a unified body of work. The final term culminates in a senior project.      

The ceramics area offers basic and advanced courses in hand building and potter's wheel techniques. A raku class is offered during the minimester.

The ceramics studio at Towson is one of the largest and best equipped in Maryland. Facilities include:

  • Two studios for general classes (one hand building studio, one potter's wheel studio)
  • Private workspace and shelving for students in the ceramics concentration
  • One graduate studios for MFA students
  • Fully-equipped glaze room
  • Clay mixing room
  • Two kiln rooms
  • Two Bailey Shuttle Studio gas kilns
  • 12 electric kilns, Bailey, L&L, AMACO and Paragon
  • Three clay mixers, Soldner
  • Two Scott Creek clay extruders
  • 24 Brent C electric wheels
  • One Bailey slab roller
  • One spray booth
  • Two ball mills
  • One Peter Pugger de-airing pug mill
  • More than 70 ware carts for accessible storage
  • Various studio slips, cone 10 and cone 6 glazes for reduction and oxidation firings

Students are encouraged to work closely with a ceramics faculty adviser each term to develop an individualized course sequence.


ceramics details


Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
Center for the Arts, Room 3103 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2808
Fax: 410-704-2810


Peter Callas, known for his strong ties to the traditions of Japanese ceramics, visited Towson as an artist-in-residence in 2007. Here, Callas explains how he captures gesture in his wheel thrown forms.



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