Ceramics

About Ceramics

An expansive investigation of the ceramic material, its historical precedent, and its contemporary application for visual art

The school offers tracks 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.

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Kilning It

LSU’s MFA ceramics program is ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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McKnight Residency

Associate Professor Andy Shaw was selected for a McKnight Residency for Ceramic Artists.

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Radiation & Pottery?

MFA candidate Mike Stumbras developed a ceramic glaze using gamma radiation.

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BFA

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.


MFA

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

seventh best MFA ceramics program in the nation.


Ceramics Faculty

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

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Beyond the Studio

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Ceramic Arts Student Association

Students are encouraged to foster strong interpersonal relationships among departmental members and are provided ample opportunities to acquire leaderships traits through CASA.

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Visiting Artists & Scholars

Visiting artists, scholars, and guest lecturers provide further opportunities for students to extend their creative interests and to establish connections with artists from a variety of disciplines.

Art & Design in Louisiana

The high ground above the Mississippi River is an environment where landscape, climate, history, and culture allow for a lifestyle that is uniquely suited to the artistic temperament.


Facilities & Equipment

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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.

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College Facilities

Students have access to a traditional wood-working shop; digital fabrication, photography, and lighting equipment; large-scale printers and scanners; an arboretum; a foundry; a motion capture studio; high-end work stations; and more.

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Galleries

The School of Art hosts exhibitions throughout the year at its on- and off-campus galleries. Students have abundant opportunities to see and experience innovative work from a wide range of perspectives and social themes.

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Studio Arts Building

Renovations to the Studio Arts Building are underway. The building is the gateway to the historic part of campus and will promote arts to the community and provide state-of-the-art facilities and studios for studio arts.


Contacts

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Michaelene Walsh

Associate Director and Undergraduate Coordinator for the School of Art and Area Coordinator for ceramics

E-mail: mwalsh4@lsu.edu

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Kelli Scott Kelley

Graduate Coordinator for LSU School of Art

E-mail: kskelley@lsu.edu