Courses in this discipline challenge students to form an aesthetic bringing together visual elements unique to clay. The beginning ceramic art classes study a full range of ceramic related processes dealing with forming, glazing and firing. These processes are explored both from a utilitarian and sculptural vantage point. Demonstrations are dovetailed with critiques, informal discussions on critical analysis, and slide lectures that include contemporary as well as historical issues. Upper level courses emphasize artistic expression and challenge students to explore a broader range of forming and firing processes including: raku, sagger, low temperature salt-fuming, primitive firing, high-fire-reduction, oxidation-firing and wood-firing. Students working in this well-equipped, 2000 sq. ft. studio are given 24 hour access to the lab. The year is mixed with field trips to regional and national conferences and visits to regional artists studios.
The course breakdown below has been provided ONLY as a guideline for students. Please visit Mississippi State University's Admissions website for official requirements, or contact the Department of Art directly. (http://www.catalog.msstate.edu/caad.html)
The following courses are approved concentration studios for ceramics emphasis area.
Ceramics Concentration Courses (21 Hours Total)
- Art 3503 Ceramics II
- Art 4533 Ceramics III
- Art 4650 Advanced Studio - Ceramics
- Art 4650 Advanced Studio - Ceramics [must take with thesis]
- Art 3513 Sculpture II
- Art 4630 Advanced Studio - Sculpture