Welcome to LSU Ceramics

Hands throwing clay on a pottery wheel

Welcome to the Louisiana State University Ceramics Area website. LSU Ceramics is currently ranked 8th by US News and World Report for Best Graduate Schools in Ceramics.

We are a spacious, well-equipped program with 7 fully-funded graduate students and numerous undergraduates and post baccalaureates. Our program faculty strongly encourages openness towards technical and conceptual exploration in the visual arts and our graduate level students are expected to work as a maturing artists motivated by independent ideas.

Our facility boasts over 10,000 square feet of workspace housing 11 electric kilns, 4 gas kilns including a 100 cubic foot BLAAUW gas car-kiln as well as a soda kiln among an array of additional studio equipment.

Our LSU community is active with bi-annual ceramic art sales held by our student organization CASA. LSU and the region is also host to several galleries, including the Alfred P. Glassell School of Art Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, a stunning gallery which showcases our yearly MFA Thesis shows.

Our Philosophy

The Ceramics faculty recognizes the importance of experimentation and the exploration of a broad spectrum of visual concepts as an artist. We emphasize examination of the intersections of art, craft and design. We encourage openness towards technical and media exploration and the graduate level student is expected to work as a maturing artist motivated by independent ideas. Our graduate students’ interests vary from utilitarian vessel orientation to the concerns of sculpture, contemporary design and conceptual art.