Department of Art + Design,
Art History, Art Education
BS/BA or BFA of Art + Design
The goal of the ceramics programis 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.
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.