Ceramics

About the Ceramics Program 

The LSU School of Art ceramics program encompasses an expansive investigation of the ceramic material, its historical precedent, and its contemporary application for visual art. The school offers concentrations in ceramics for both the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. An undergraduate minor and a special student/post-baccalaureate program are also available.

The ceramics curriculum includes wheel-throwing, hand-building, slip-casting, tile-making, raw material study, studio practice, methodology development, and special topics classes as well as seminars that enhance critical thinking through writing, presentations, and critiques. Elective courses in art history and other studio arts supplement learning and insist on the integration of ideas across disciplines.

The undergraduate program begins by giving each student a broad-based introduction to the many possibilities of ceramics. Intermediate courses provide specific instruction in process and technique as well as development of individual aesthetic direction. Once accepted into the ceramics program, undergraduate students are given a semi-private studio and begin to matriculate through a series of advanced courses that build technical and critical skills both in ceramics and the field of visual arts. Advanced courses are focused on developing personal style and the creation of a body of work.

Graduate-level students receive their own private work areas, approximately 12–20 feet, and are expected to work as maturing artists motivated by independent ideas. The program’s success is reflected in the current rankings by US News & World Report, which places LSU as the ninth best MFA ceramics program in the nation.

Visit the Admissions to view more information about curricula and to review the selective admissions process. More information about the special student/post-baccalaureate program is available here. View ceramics student work in School of Art Portfolios.

Ceramics Faculty

Andy Shaw, Associate Professor
Michaelene Walsh, Associate Professor, Area Coordinator

Beyond the Studio

Students are encouraged to foster strong interpersonal relationships among departmental members and are provided ample opportunities to acquire leadership traits within the Ceramic Arts Student Association and available studio teaching assistantships for MFA students. Visiting artists and guest lecturers provide further opportunities for students to extend their creative interests and to establish connections with artists from a variety of disciplines.

Facilities & Equipment

Ceramics students have access to more than 10,000-square-feet of workspace housing 11 electric kilns, four gas kilns—including a 100-cubic-feet BLAAUW gas car-kiln as well as a soda kiln—among an array of additional studio equipment.